The Evening: Poland Tank Push, U.S. Empty Bins, Déjà Vu, and More

Poland Pushes Tanks To Ukraine

Poland’s prime minister said on Monday that his government would ask Germany for permission to send German-made tanks to Ukraine but insisted that whether Berlin approved or not, Warsaw would build a coalition of nations willing to donate some of Europe’s most advanced weaponry, as the NYT reports.

Yellen Pushes for China to Address Zambia’s Big Debt Burden

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, on the second leg of an African tour aimed at promoting American investment and ties, said on Monday it’s crucial to immediately address Zambia’s heavy debt burden with China, as the AP reports.

U.S. Weapons Industry Unprepared for a China Conflict

The war in Ukraine has exposed widespread problems in the American armaments industry that may hobble the U.S. military’s ability to fight a protracted war against China, according to a new study by CSIS, as the WSJ reports.

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In That Number

2,000

Germany will decide “soon” on whether to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine or approve the export of German-made equipment by other countries, Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said, as pressure mounts on Europe’s largest economy. The German government has to sign off on any transfers of the tanks, around 2,000 of which are scattered across Europe.

Source: The Washington Post

Critical Quote

“Even if we ultimately don’t receive permission, then, despite that, we’d transfer our tanks to Ukraine together with others within a small coalition, even if Germany is not in the coalition.”

— Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki

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A new CSIS video details how the U.S. defense industrial base is not prepared for the international security environment that now exists. The U.S. should strengthen the industrial base to improve deterrence and warfighting.
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The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and multimedia.

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(Photo credit: Salim Dawood/Getty Images.) United States Secretary of Treasury Janet Yellen is welcomed by Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema during her visit to Zambia at the State House in Lusaka on January 23, 2023. 

Recommended Reading

Expanding Equipment Options for Ukraine: The Case of Artillery” by CSIS's Mark F. Cancian.

This Town Tomorrow

At 9:30 a.m., the CSIS China Power Project holds a debate on U.S.-China economic cooperation.

And, at 2:00 p.m., the CSIS Economics Program hosts Jose W. Fernandez, under secretary of state for economic growth, energy, and the environment, to discuss strategic economic competition with China.

Earlier, at 9:00 a.m., Brookings holds the ninth annual Japan in the Year program on what’s in store for Japan’s foreign policy and domestic affairs in 2023.

Video

Last week, the CSIS Commission on the Korean Peninsula hosted a conversation on the recommendations from their new report on North Korea policy and extended deterrence. Watch the full event here.

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CSIS's Ben Cahill and Dr. Tatiana Mitrova from the Center on Global Energy Policy provide an outlook for the Russian oil sector.

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