The Evening: KC Parade Shooting, National Security Threat Raised, Love the One You’re With, and More

KC Chiefs’ Parade Shooting

At least 1 person is dead and 14 injured in a shooting following the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl celebration rally, as CNN reports.

Rep. Turner Calls Out National Security Threat

A vague warning by the Republican chair of the House Intelligence Committee about a “serious national security threat,” albeit not an immediate one, is related to Russia’s weaponization of its orbital systems, as Politico reports.

Israel Strikes in Lebanon After Deadly Rocket Attack

Israel carried out extensive and lethal airstrikes in southern Lebanon on Wednesday in response to a deadly rocket attack on northern Israel, as the NYT reports.

Executive Education

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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: "Ukraine’s Rapid Digitalization: Human Rights Risks and Opportunities in a Postwar Environment" with CSIS's Lauren Burke.

In That Number


Israel carried out an extensive series of strikes inside Lebanon Wednesday after militants fired a series of rockets at an Israeli military base and a nearby city. More than 100,000 Israelis living along the Lebanese border have already been displaced since a series of tit-for-tat strikes began after the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on southern Israel. 
Source: WSJ

Critical Quote

We will continue to dig deep to provide Ukraine with both short-term and long-term support. The countries of this coalition, including the United States, support Ukraine because it’s the right thing to do and because it is in our core national security interests.

— Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III

iDeas Lab

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The U.S. Navy has been successful in reducing the cost of interceptors over time. Cost jumps are associated with the introduction of new, more capable variants. However, the cost of SM-6 and ESSM Block II missiles declined every year on an inflation-adjusted basis between 2018 and 2023. Read the full CSIS 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: Jalaa Marey/AFP/Getty Images

Photo: Jalaa Marey/AFP/Getty Images

An Israeli medical team transports a person wounded in a rocket attack fired from southern Lebanon at Ziv hospital in Israel's northern city of Safed on February 14, 2024, amid ongoing cross-border tensions.

Recommended Reading

Troubling Waters: Understanding Global Water Security” by CSIS's Zane Swanson and Sarah B. Grace. 

This Town Tomorrow

At 10:00 a.m., the CSIS Wadhwani Center for AI and Advanced Technologies welcomes Luca de Angelis, Director General for Emerging Technologies at the Ministry of Enterprises and Made in Italy, to unpack AI & technology policy.

Also at 10:00 a.m., the CSIS Scholl Chair in International Business hosts Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) to discuss the role of Congress in crafting and enacting trade policy.

And, at 3:00 p.m., the CSIS Americas Program launches a new report assessing China's role in democratic backsliding observed in Latin America and the Caribbean.


Today, the CSIS Americas Program hosted a conversation with Venezuelan opposition candidate María Corina Machado. Watch the full video here.


The Truth of the Matter

CSIS’s Ryan Berg joins the podcast to discuss the reelection of Nayib Bukele in El Salvador, the Central American leader who calls himself “the world’s coolest dictator.”

Listen on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.


Boy, do we need a smile today. Usually, on Valentine’s Day, everyone is thinking about love songs. Today, we are now thinking about and praying for the people in Kansas City who were trying to celebrate their excellent Super Bowl champions. Nonetheless, here’s one of my all-time favorite love songs

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