The Evening: Missiles to Ukraine, Putin’s Vietnam, Spanish Moon, and More

U.S. Redirects Air-Defense Missile Deliveries to Ukraine

The Biden administration will rush the delivery of air-defense interceptors to Ukraine by halting delivery to allied nations, as the WSJ reports.

U.S. Says Ukraine Can Hit Inside Russia

The U.S. has told Ukraine it can use American-supplied weapons to hit any Russian forces attacking from across the border — not just those in the region near Kharkiv, as Politico reports.

Putin Signs Deals with Vietnam

Vladimir Putin signed at least a dozen deals with his Vietnamese counterpart on Thursday and offered to supply fossil fuels, including natural gas, to Vietnam during a state visit that comes as Moscow is seeking to bolster ties in Asia to offset its growing international isolation over its war in Ukraine, as the AP reports.

TikTok Slams U.S.

The Biden administration’s new law forcing the sale or ban of TikTok should be overturned, TikTok attorneys said in a court brief Thursday marking the start of one of the most consequential legal battles in American internet history, as The Washington Post reports.

Executive Education

The Breakthrough Leadership Program helps rising leaders navigate global issues, fine-tuning key skills for success. Designed for mid-career professionals from marginalized backgrounds, it blends virtual and in-person sessions to provide tools and knowledge for career advancement. Applications close June 28.

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: "Investing in Science and Technology: The United States Needs to Up Its Game" with CSIS's Sujai Shivakumar.

In That Number


Fighting between Israel and Hezbollah has displaced over 95,000 people in southern Lebanon.
Source: The Washington Post

Critical Quote

The idea that it is possible to destroy Hamas, to make Hamas vanish—that is throwing sand in the eyes of the public.

— Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, Israeli armed forces chief spokesman

iDeas Lab

Photo: CSIS

China’s population shrank for the first time in over half a century in 2022 and fell by over two million in 2023. One recent study predicts that China’s population could decline by nearly 50 percent by 2050. Read the full 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: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Vietnamese President To Lam attend a welcoming ceremony on June 20, 2024, in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Recommended Reading

The New Russia-North Korea Security Alliance” by CSIS’s Victor Cha and Ellen Kim.

This Town Upcoming

On Monday, at 10:00 a.m., the CSIS Renewing American Innovation Project hosts Gillian M. Fenton for a conversation on biotech innovation and Bayh-Dole.

Also on Monday, at 1:00 p.m., the CSIS Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program holds a discussion about the state of Russia's defense industry today. 

Later on Monday, at 4:00 p.m., the CSIS Renewing American Innovation Project launches their new report, The Role of Trust in Advancing Equity in Innovation, with Rep. Glenn Ivey (D-MD).


Today, the CSIS Project on Nuclear Issues and Aerospace Security Project hosted Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH), Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, for a discussion on nuclear weapons and the Russian space threat. Watch the full video here.


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The latest episode of The AI Policy Podcast features the biggest takeaways from the AI agenda at the G7 Leaders' Summit, the details of the Apple-OpenAI partnership announcement, and why Saudi Aramco's investment in Zhipu AI represents a groundbreaking moment in China-Saudi Arabia relations.

Listen on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.


Late last week, Little Feat fans were treated to a mega re-issue of some of the band’s best material in the form of a “deluxe” version of their 1974 record “Feats Don’t Fail Me Now.” To mark the album’s 50th anniversary, the original has been newly remastered and offers 12 outtakes/rarities and a previously unreleased live show. It’s fantastic stuff. Here’s an “alternate version” of the classic “Spanish Moon.”

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