The Evening: Finland Closer to Joining NATO, EU Gas Prices, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and More

Finland Closer to Joining NATO

Finland’s president and prime minister endorsed joining the alliance, another sign of how Russia’s invasion has strengthened NATO instead of weakening it. Moscow said it would “take necessary measures” to protect itself, as Vladimir Putin shows no sign of backing down in Ukraine, as the NYT reports.

Circumventing Black Sea Blockade

A European Union official presented a proposal on Thursday to help Ukraine transport stockpiled grain intended for export, in an effort to circumvent a Black Sea blockade by the Russian navy that threatens to lead to global food shortages, as the WSJ reports.

European Gas Prices Soar

Russia’s state-owned gas supplier has said it will cut shipments to Europe through a major pipeline, sending prices surging and reinforcing Vladimir Putin’s willingness to use energy as a weapon against the EU, as the FT reports.

Executive Education

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Video Shorts

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In That Number

1 Million

On May 11, 2022, the United States surpassed 1 million deaths attributed to Covid-19.

Source: Reuters

Critical Quote

“Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay.”

— Finland’s prime minister Sanna Marin and president Sauli Niinisto

iDeas Lab

Russia's war in Ukraine has had devastating consequences for the country's civilian population. There is growing evidence that Russia's military operations have violated international law. In this video, CSIS's Marti Flacks discusses what international laws might apply in Ukraine, what evidence still needs to be examined, and how the international community could hold Russian officials accountable.

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(Photo credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images.)

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (L) welcomes King Abdullah II (R) of Jordan to the Pentagon during an honor cordon May 12, 2022 in Arlington, Virginia.

Recommended Reading

"The Middle East’s Indifference to Ukraine Is a Warning" by CSIS's Jon B. Alterman, in Defense One.

This Town Tomorrow

At 9:30 a.m., join the Wilson Center, U.S. Institute of Peace, and the Atlantic Council for a conversation with Colombian vice-presidential candidates to discuss policy plans and visions for Colombia's future.

And, at 10:45 a.m., Carnegie hosts a breakdown of the U.S.-ASEAN summit on Twitter Spaces.


Yesterday, CSIS hosted Prime Minister of Vietnam Pham Minh Chinh for his first speech in the United States in the lead up to the U.S.-ASEAN Summit.


In this episode of ChinaPower, CSIS's Jon B. Alterman joins the podcast to unpack the relationship between China and the Middle East.

Listen on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.


The Red Hot Chili Peppers rocked out at Jazz Fest this year and folks are still raving about it. Here’s their full performance—video isn’t perfect, but the thing I love the most is watching the opening jam. Guitarist John Frusciante, in my view one of the all-time greats, plays some truly supernatural notes (even for Jazz Fest) in a jam with bassist Flea and drummer Chad Smith before singer Anthony Kiedis takes the stage.