The Evening: Netherlands Weighs Patriot, China’s Shrinking Population, Ramble on Rose, and More

Netherlands Weighs Sending Ukraine Patriot System

The Netherlands is considering sending a Patriot missile system to Ukraine, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in Washington on Tuesday, which would broaden the West’s response to Kyiv’s urgent requests for the ground-based air defense system, as the NYT reports.

Gen. Milley Meets Ukrainian Counterpart Near Edge of War Zone

Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Mark Milley met on Tuesday for the first time in person with his Ukrainian counterpart, traveling by vehicle from a base in Poland to an undisclosed location near the countries’ border, as The Washington Post reports.

China’s Shrinking Population

China’s latest economic data showed that the country’s zero-Covid policies led to one of the slowest growth rates in decades last year. But economists say another figure released the same day will be a bigger problem for China’s economy in the future: its shrinking population, as the WSJ reports

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In That Number

1.5 million

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu detailed the Russian army's plans to​​​​ increase military personnel to 1.5 million between 2023 and 2026—compared with its current level of 1.15 million, and one million at the start of 2022.

Source: WSJ

Critical Quote

“There is a right to food that every human being has, and it’s an insult for mankind and for human nature itself, that in the 21st century, it is possible for us to have mass starvation simply because there is a targeted aggression of some countries.”

— Olena Zelenska, Ukraine’s First Lady

Europe's wartime shift from Russian gas to U.S. LNG is reshaping global energy trade. Transatlantic cooperation is critical for European energy security and hastening the energy transition, writes the CSIS Energy Security and Climate Change Program in a new digital feature.

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Photo: Anatolii Stepanov/AFP/Getty Images

Photo: Anatolii Stepanov/AFP/Getty Images

A Ukrainian helicopter releases chaff and flare countermeasures as it flies in the vicinity of Bakhmut, Donetsk region on January 17, 2023.

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This Town Tomorrow

At 8:45 a.m., the CSIS Stephenson Ocean Security Project hosts the Open Security Forum 2023, on the foundational relationship between ecosystem health and human security.

At 10:00 a.m., the CSIS Scholl Chair and the CSIS Economics Program hold a book talk with Alessio Terzi, author of Growth for Good: Reshaping Capitalism to Save Humanity from Climate Catastrophe.

And later, at 9:00 p.m., the Stimson Center discusses the Mekong river's 2022 wet season, the implications of wet season drought in China, and impacts of dry season releases into the near term.


This morning, CSIS hosted a discussion with James Cleverly, UK secretary of state for foreign, commonwealth and development affairs, on key foreign policy priorities for the United Kingdom and sustaining international alliances in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Watch the full video here.



The Asia Chessboard

The Asia Chessboard

Michael J. Green and Jude Blanchette are joined by CSIS Japan Chair Christopher B. Johnstone to unpack what Japan’s new national security strategy means for its role in the region and the U.S.-Japan alliance.  

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The video is a little rough on this one, but it kind of adds to the coolness of this performance. Check out Dead & Company performing “Ramble on Rose” a couple of days ago in Cancun with Wynonna Judd.