The Evening: Conflicting Reports in Gaza, Putin Threatens Nuclear Conflict, You Saw Me Coming, and More

Conflicting Reports on Gaza Deaths

Officials in the Gaza Strip said more than 100 people were killed and hundreds more injured in Gaza City on Thursday, accusing Israeli forces of opening fire on a crowd of people waiting for humanitarian aid. Israel said an unspecified number of the casualties were caused by a stampede as residents scrambled to reach a convoy of trucks, as The Washington Post reports.

Putin Says West Risks Nuclear Conflict

Vladimir Putin said the West faced the prospect of nuclear conflict if it intervened more directly in the war in Ukraine, using an annual speech to the nation on Thursday to escalate his threats against Europe and the United States, as the NYT reports.

Chinese Automakers Post National Security Threat

President Biden ordered the Commerce Department to open an investigation into foreign-made software in cars, citing Chinese technology as a potential national-security risk, 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: "Food as the “Silent Weapon”: Russia’s Gains and Ukraine’s Losses" with CSIS's Caitlin Welsh.

In That Number


Russian forces have seized three more villages in the past few days, suggesting a growing momentum in their advance after taking Avdiivka.
Source: The Washington Post

Critical Quote

“All this really threatens a conflict with the use of nuclear weapons and the destruction of civilization. Don’t they get that?”

— Vladimir Putin

iDeas Lab

Photo: CSIS

New satellite imagery of the probable ANGARA, a Russian container ship, at Najin, North Korea, on January 8, 2024 reveals the continuing transfer of large quantities of munitions between North Korea and Russia. Read the latest Beyond Parallel analysis here.

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


Photo: Kremlin Press Office/Getty Images

Photo: Kremlin Press Office/Getty Images

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his annual state of the nation address in Moscow, Russia on February 29, 2024.

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This Town Upcoming

On Sunday, at 8:00 p.m., the CSIS Korea Chair hosts a forum to discuss the U.S.-ROK Alliance, as well as the developing partnership between North Korea, China, and Russia.

On Monday, at 8:00 a.m., the CSIS Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies unpacks economic trends that will impact India's economic trajectory in 2024.

Also on Monday, at 10:00 a.m., the CSIS Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program discusses the European Union as a defense actor, cooperation with the United States, and more.


Today, the CSIS Project on Prosperity and Development discussed Russia’s religious persecution in Ukraine and the spread of misinformation. Watch the full video here.


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In the latest episode, CSIS's Andreyka Natalegawa and Harrison Prétat discuss Tuvalu’s election results, diplomatic moves by New Zealand, China, and Japan, and more.

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Los Angeles, specifically Malibu and Topanga Canyon, became Tom Petty’s home and inspiration for much of his music. When I’m in Malibu in the summer, I typically wake up to Petty’s music and listen to it throughout the day. My first glimpse of the ocean when I get up early to check out the surf looks like some of the images in this music video Petty released for the posthumous “Finding Wildflowers.” It’s a great track and the video does it justice.

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