The Evening: Inspectors to Ukraine’s Nuke Plants, SK Nuke Policy Option, Tangled Up in Blue, and More

U.N. to Post Inspectors to All of Ukraine’s Nuclear Plants

The head of the United Nations atomic agency plans to visit Ukraine next week to deploy international inspectors at all of the war-torn country’s nuclear plants, significantly expanding the regulator’s presence after months of attacks on power stations and amid the threat of a renewed Russian offensive, as the WSJ announced.

2022 was Fifth or Sixth Warmest on Record as Earth Heats Up

2022 was the fifth or sixth warmest year on record, U.S. government scientists said Thursday. But, they warned to expect record-shattering hot years soon, likely in the next couple years because of “relentless” climate change from the burning of coal, oil and gas, as the AP reports.

South Korea Declares Nuclear Weapons a Policy Option

President Yoon Suk Yeol of South Korea said for the first time on Wednesday that if North Korea’s nuclear threat grows, South Korea would consider building nuclear weapons of its own or ask the United States to redeploy them on the Korean Peninsula, as the NYT reports.

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In That Number


Officials in China's Henan province estimated this week that 89 percent of the province’s 99 million residents have been infected with Covid-19.

Source: The Washington Post

Critical Quote

“Don’t count the Ukrainians out.”

— John Kirby, NSC Coordinator for Strategic Communications

iDeas Lab

The CSIS Ukraine Economic Reconstruction Commission evaluates foreign assistance to Ukraine and the critical role of private sector investment in rebuilding the country.

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


(Photo credit: Pierre Crom/Getty Images.) A Ukrainian soldier recovers a Russian MANPAD on the frontline on January 12, 2023, in Kurylivka, Ukraine.

Recommended Reading

Building the CDC the Country Needs” by CSIS’s J. Stephen Morrison, and Tom Inglesby.

This Town Next Week

Tomorrow, at 10:00 a.m., the CSIS Americas Program holds a discussion on Venezuela’s upcoming elections in 2024 and its implications for the country’s current media environment.

On Tuesday, at 9:30 a.m., the CSIS Europe Program hosts a conversation with James Cleverly, UK secretary of state for foreign, commonwealth and development affairs, on key foreign policy priorities for the United Kingdom.

Also on Tuesday, at 11:30 a.m., the CSIS Global Health Policy Center launches a landmark report with actionable recommendations for strengthening the CDC's performance.


Yesterday, the CSIS Japan Chair held a conversation with Kono Taro, Japan's minister for digital transformation, on Japan's recent efforts and commitments to shaping rules and norms for the digital economy. Watch the full video here.


CSIS's Kathleen McInnis sat down with Director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency Enoh T. Ebong to discuss her role and the agency's priorities.

Listen on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.


“So I drifted down to New Orleans,
Where I lucky was to be employed...”

Since we’ve made this a Jerry Garcia Band week, as Van Morrison said, “It’s too late to stop now.” (Maybe we’ll turn to Van next week.)

One of my favorite Jerry Band interpretations is of Bob Dylan’s “Tangled Up in Blue.” This is an excellent version. 

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