The Evening: Colorado River Deal, Incursion Into Russia, Ramble on Rose, and More

Breakthrough Colorado River Deal 

Arizona, California, and Nevada agreed Monday to take less water from the drought-strained Colorado River, a breakthrough agreement that, for now, keeps the river from falling so low that it would jeopardize water supply for major Western cities like Phoenix and Los Angeles as well as for some of America’s most productive farmland, as the NYT reports.

Into Russia

Russia said that its military and security forces were fighting against Ukrainian units that had crossed into its southern Belgorod region, the largest such incursion into Russian territory since the war began, as the WSJ reports.

Kyiv focuses attacks on Bakhmut’s outskirts

Ukrainian forces are staging counterattacks on Russian troops on the outskirts of Bakhmut, even as their presence on the ground dwindles to just small footholds of the eastern city, according to Kyiv, which denied Moscow’s claim over the weekend to have captured the city, as The Washington Post reports.

Executive Education

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Video Shorts

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In That Number


The U.N. envoy for Sudan urged the country’s warring generals to honor a seven-day cease-fire starting Monday night, warning the growing ethnic dimension to the fighting risks engulfing Sudan in a prolonged conflict.

Source: AP

Critical Quote

Our troops have taken the city in a semi-encirclement, which gives us the opportunity to destroy the enemy.

— Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar

iDeas Lab

Remote Visualization

How might key drivers affect the U.S. extended deterrence mission in the next 10 years? Opportunistic Competition explores a scenario of high adversary capabilities and low alliance cohesion. 

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


Photo: Sirachai Arunrugstichai/Getty Images

Photo: Sirachai Arunrugstichai/Getty Images

Pita Limjaroenrat, Move Forward Party leader and prime ministerial candidate, and Chonlanan Srikaew, Pheu Thai Party leader, show a memorandum of understanding of coalition parties on May 22, 2023 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Recommended Reading

"It’s Not Enough for Ukraine to Win. Russia Has to Lose." by CSIS's Eliot A. Cohen in The Atlantic.

This Town Tomorrow

At 10:00 a.m., the CSIS Asia Program hosts former national security advisor Stephen J. Hadley to discuss the evolution of U.S. foreign policy in Asia.

Then, at 3:00 p.m., the CSIS Energy Security and Climate Change Program holds a conversation on supply chain competitiveness with Jigar Shah, director of the loan programs office at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Earlier, at 11:00 a.m., the Wilson Center discusses Mexico's Supreme Court and the potential impact of its judicial decisions.


Today, CSIS commemorated AAPI Heritage Month with a keynote address by Ambassador Katherine Tai and an expert panel exploring ways to counter AAPI hate and discrimination and its intersections with U.S. foreign policy in Asia. Watch the full event here.


Mexico Matters

Mariana Campero is joined by the IRC's David Miliband, and Julio Rank Wright, regional VP for Latin America, to discuss why the images of chaos and desperation seen at the U.S.-Mexico border are just the tip of an international trend.

Listen on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.


It’s almost summer and that means the Grateful Dead are poised to release another collection of their greatest archival music. In late July, we’re expecting a blockbuster show recorded on June 10, 1973, at the old RFK Stadium in Washington. For me, all shows recorded at RFK are special. DC is my hometown, and I was privileged to see some of the Dead’s RFK shows in the late 80s-early 90s.

But the RFK show that’s being released this July is in fact one of the Dead’s seminal performances. It contains one of the band’s stunning versions of “Dark Star.” Plus, the encore set of the show features members of The Allman Brothers Band with whom the Dead shared the RFK bill.

The Dead have released their first tease from the show in the form of “Ramble On Rose,” a song that the band had first started performing live a few months prior during their famous “Europe ‘72” tour. I wondered why the first song released from the new collection was “Ramble On Rose” and not one of the scorchers with the Allmans or the sublime “Dark Star.” Then, I heard Jerry Garcia’s passionate vocals on this one and I instantly knew why.

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