The Evening: China Tries to Quash Protests, NATO Restates Ukraine Pledge, Running Down a Dream, and More

China Mobilizing to Quash Dissent

Reacting to China’s boldest and most widespread protests in decades, the security apparatus built by Communist Party leader Xi Jinping is mobilizing on multiple fronts to quash dissent, drawing on its decades-old tool kit of repression and surveillance, as the NYT reports.

NATO Restates Pledge to Make Ukraine a Member

NATO has doubled down on a promise to make Ukraine a member of the western military alliance, while vowing to step up support to Kyiv and help rebuild its energy infrastructure destroyed by Russian attacks, as the FT reports.

Chinese Plans For Dominance

China conducted more ballistic missile tests last year than the rest of the world combined and is on course to possess 1,500 nuclear weapons within the next decade, the Pentagon warns in a new assessment of Beijing’s rapidly expanding military posture, as the Washington Post reports.

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In That Number


Ukrainian national police allege that more than 460 war crimes have been committed by Russian soldiers in recently occupied areas of Kherson.

Source: AP

Critical Quote

“NATO will continue to stand for Ukraine as long as it takes. We will not back down.”

— NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

iDeas Lab

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Innovation Insights, a new series by CSIS's Renewing American Innovation Project, addresses the importance of setting technology standards and exploring critical challenges faced by the U.S. in this domain. Watch the first episode here. 

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


(Photo credit: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images.) USA's forward #10 Christian Pulisic scores his team's first goal past Iran's goalkeeper #01 Alireza Beiranvand during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group B football match between Iran and USA at the Al-Thumama Stadium in Doha on November 29, 2022. 

Recommended Reading

Price Cap on Russian Oil: Running to Stand Still” by CSIS’s Ben Cahill.

This Town Tomorrow

At 8:00 a.m., the CSIS Japan Chair holds a conversation on Japan’s new national security and defense strategies.

Then, at 10:30 a.m., the CSIS Strategic Technologies Program hosts a conversation on democratic resilience with Netherlands’ Minister of Justice and Security, Dilan Yeşilgöz-Zegerius. 

And, at 7:30 p.m., CSIS hosts the twelfth annual JoongAng-CSIS Forum, featuring conversations on the implications of the U.S. midterm elections on U.S. policy toward the Korean peninsula and the broader Indo-Pacific region, as well as to examine other core issues of the alliance.


Today, the CSIS Economics Program hosted a conversation with U.S. G20 sherpa Michael Pyle about the commitments made during the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia. Watch the full video here.


Cyber from the Start
CSIS’s Scott Kennedy, who recently returned to Washington from 2 months in China, joins the podcast to discuss the widespread protests in China and the conditions which precipitated them.

Listen on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.


The new collection, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “Live at the Fillmore 1997,” delivers a glimpse of a band performing at its peak in an intimate club setting. This video underscores how close to the stage Petty fans were.

Listen to classics like “Running Down a Dream” from “Live at the Fillmore” and you’ll almost feel like you were there too.

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