The Evening: China Launches Military Drills, Russia Slams Kharkiv, Blue Angels, and More

China Launches Military Drills Around Taiwan as ‘Punishment’

China launched two days of military drills surrounding Taiwan on Thursday in what it called a “strong punishment” to its opponents on the self-governing island, after Taiwan’s new president pledged to defend its sovereignty, as the NYT reports.

Russia Slams Kharkiv with Missile Barrage

Russian forces pounded the northeastern Ukrainian region of Kharkiv with 15 missiles Thursday, local officials said — the latest brutal attack in a Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine, as The Washington Post reports.

Fourth Top Russian Defense Official Detained

Russia detained a senior general on corruption charges, the fourth top defense official to be held within a month, widening the highest-profile purge in the Russian military in years, as the WSJ reports.

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Audio Briefs

CSIS experts give short, spoken-word summaries on the biggest takeaways from their latest reports, white papers, and commentaries—in their own words.

Listen here: "How Japan Thinks about Energy Security" with CSIS's Ben Cahill.

In That Number


A wave of Russian strikes Thursday pummeled locations in Kharkiv, killing seven people, as the Kremlin’s forces move closer in on the region.
Source: CNN

Critical Quote

We must express our condemnation for this behavior that damages regional peace and stability.

— Sun Li-fang, a spokesman for the Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense

iDeas Lab

Pacific Policy Pulse: Premier Peter Malinauskas

Peter Malinauskas, South Australia's Premier, joined Dr. Charles Edel to discuss AUKUS, industrial uplift, workforce training, and why he's reading The Anxious Generation. Watch the full video here.

The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and multimedia.


Photo: Office of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran/Getty Images

Photo: Office of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran/Getty Images

Soldiers carry the caskets of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and two other officials killed in a helicopter crash during a funeral procession in the eastern city of Birjand, Iran, on May 23, 2024.

Recommended Reading

Collaboration for a Price: Russian Military-Technical Cooperation with China, Iran, and North Korea” by CSIS's Max Bergmann, Maria Snegovaya, Tina Dolbaia, and Nick Fenton.

This Town Next Week

On Tuesday, at 9:00 a.m., the CSIS Africa Program discusses Nigeria's oil economy amid the energy transition.

Also on Tuesday, at 4:00 p.m., the CSIS International Security Program welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Sanger, White House and national security correspondent for The New York Times, to discuss his new book, New Cold Wars: China's Rise, Russia's Invasion, and America's Struggle to Defend the West.

On Thursday, at 2:00 p.m., the Wadhwani Center for AI and Advanced Technologies hosts Keith Sonderling, Commissioner on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, to discuss AI in the workplace.


Today, the CSIS Bipartisan Alliance for Global Health Security held a discussion with Ambassador David Satterfield, senior advisor on the Middle East at the U.S. Department of State, and Nick Schifrin, foreign affairs and defense correspondent for PBS NewsHour, on U.S. policy toward the ongoing health and humanitarian crises in Gaza. Watch the full video here.


Photo: iLab/CSIS

Photo: iLab/CSIS

On the latest episode of The CommonHealth, Dr. Raj Panjabi, former NSC senior director for global health security, sits down to share his story, ties to Liberia, and lessons from Ebola.

Listen on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.


I had the biggest smile on my face yesterday watching the famous Blue Angels train over Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay. Anyone who thinks that America is in decline would do well to witness the Blue Angels, who, since 1946, have represented the United States Navy and Marine Corps to audiences worldwide. I was overwhelmed with pride and had thoughts of the American pioneer spirit in mind while watching these F/A-18 Super Hornets fly over the Bay. Besides the soundtrack of the jets accelerating overhead, I heard American music ranging from Country and Western to Hip Hop, and everything in between, cranking from boat stereos. Of course, there was Kenny Loggins’ anthem, “Highway to the Danger Zone.” But I also heard quite a bit of my favorite American band, the Grateful Dead, whose music never sounded better than in this setting.

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