The Evening: Putin Talks, EU Oil Caps, Eight Miles High, and More

Talk with Putin

President Biden said he would talk with President Vladimir Putin if the Russian leader expresses a desire to end his invasion of Ukraine, but Mr. Biden said he would only do so in consultation with NATO allies, as the NYT reports.

EU Asks Members to Price Cap Russian Oil

The European Commission has asked the bloc’s 27 member states to approve a price cap on Russian oil of $60 a barrel, as the WSJ reports.

U.S. Warns Beijing it Cannot Control Covid-19 without Western Vaccines

Beijing will be unable to control the spread of Covid-19 unless it imports foreign-made vaccines that are more effective than Chinese-made formulas, Joe Biden’s coronavirus tsar warned, as the FT reports.

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In That Number


From 2018 to 2022, trust and confidence in the uniformed services plummeted from 70 percent to 48 percent (it was 45% in 2021), according to the Ronald Reagan Foundation and Institute survey. No other public institution has endured as steep and speedy a fall, according to the Reagan National Defense Survey.

Source: Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute

Critical Quote

“We’re going to stand together against this brutality.”

—President Joe Biden

iDeas Lab

CSIS Satellite Imagery

CSIS experts explore the economic, financial, technological, and diplomatic implications of a Chinese attack on Taiwan, building a more holistic picture of the stakes for Beijing and reaffirming the importance of deterring China from such an attempt. Read the full report here.

The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and multimedia. 


(Photo credit: Chris McGrath/Getty Images.) Electricity workers from a team brought in from Odessa, wearing bulletproof vests and helmets, work to fix a destroyed high voltage power line on December 01, 2022, in Kherson, Ukraine.

Recommended Reading

"Growing Challenges, Rising Ambitions: AUSMIN 2022 and Expanding U.S.-Australia Cooperation" by CSIS's Charles Edel and Lam Tran.

This Next Week

On Monday, at 2:30 p.m., CSIS hosts Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas for a fireside chat with Vivian Salama, national security correspondent at the Wall Street Journal.

On Tuesday, at 10:30 a.m., CSIS holds a conversation on the current state of human rights in Xinjiang and the implementation of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, with keynote remarks from Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary for Strategy, Policy, and Plans Robert Silvers.

Also on Tuesday, at 1:00 p.m., CSIS hosts Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security Alan F. Estevez to examine the potential of artificial intelligence in managing export controls enforcement.


Today, the CSIS Australia Chair held a panel discussion to discuss the most critical challenges and opportunities facing the U.S.-Australia relationship. Watch the full video here.


CSIS's Jon Alterman joins the podcast to discuss the geopolitics associated with the World Cup and the broader ramifications for the United State and the Middle East.

Listen on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.


One of the coolest things about the new Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers deluxe album “Live at the Fillmore, 1997” is the band’s exploration of the music that influenced them. The Southern California sound runs through much of Petty’s music—especially The Byrds. 

For “Live at the Fillmore,” Petty asked The Byrds’ co-founder Roger McGuinn to sit in with the band. Not many songs define the sound of 1960s SoCal better than The Byrds’ “Eight Miles High.” When I’m in LA in the summer, I drive through Laurel Canyon listening to the Byrds (who famously resided there), and in Malibu/Topanga Canyon listening nonstop to Petty, who lived there. It sounds like this.

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