The Evening: Putin Evokes WWI, EU to Train Ukrainian Troops, Cold Irons Bound, and More

Putin Evokes WWII

As his military pressed its eastern campaign with missile strikes on a key Ukrainian military hub, Vladimir Putin used a speech in the city formerly known as Stalingrad on Thursday to invoke the Soviets’ defeat of the Nazis in a decisive World War II battle and vow that Russia would be victorious again, as the NYT reports.

EU to Double Number of Ukrainian Troops it Trains

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday pressed his visiting European Union counterpart to advance his country’s accession to the bloc, while the EU said it would double the number of Ukrainian troops it trains to 30,000, as the WSJ reports.

Iran Accuses Israel of Attack

Iran on Thursday accused Israel of conducting a drone attack over the weekend on a Defense Ministry complex in the city of Isfahan. The facility took slight damage, by Iran’s account, as The Washington Post reports.

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In That Number


The next round of military aid from the U.S. is expected to include the Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb, which has a range of 94 miles, extending Ukraine’s ability to strike inside Russian-held territory and disrupt supply lines.

Source: WSJ

Critical Quote

“We are again and again being forced to resist the aggression of the collective West.”

— Vladimir Putin

iDeas Lab

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Photo: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images

Photo: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images

 People walk on a destroyed bridge to cross a canal towards the disputed area in Bakhmut on February 1, 2023.

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The Transformation of the U.S.-Philippines Alliance” by CSIS’s Gregory B. Poling.

This Town Next Week

On Thursday, at 8:00 a.m., the CSIS Wadhwani Chair hosts a conversation on economic trends impacting India's economic trajectory.

Also on Thursday, at 8:45 a.m., the CSIS Korea Chair holds a discussion on U.S. extended deterrence.

And, on Friday, at 2:00 p.m., the CSIS Trustee Chair in Chinese Business & Economics hosts leading experts who have recently visited China to discuss their experiences.


CSIS’s Human Rights Initiative and Project on Fragility and Mobility held a conversation on the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime's Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2022, with opening remarks by Ambassador Cindy Dyer. Watch the full video here.


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Dion Nissenbaum, Middle East correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, joins the podcast from aboard the U.S. George H.W. Bush in the Mediterranean Sea. They discuss the United States and Israel's largest-ever military exercises, and Israel’s recent drone strike inside Iran.

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“Cold Irons Bound” is probably my favorite track from Bob Dylan’s “Time Out of Mind.” On the new “Fragments” collection, there are 4 superb versions of the song. My favorite version of “Cold Irons Bound” comes from another source though: it’s this one from the Dylan film “Masked and Anonymous.”

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