The Evening: Russia Violates New START, Ukraine Pushes for Jets, Can’t Wait, and More

Russia Violates New START Treaty

Russia has violated the New START treaty cutting long-range nuclear arms by refusing to allow on-site inspections and rebuffing Washington’s requests to meet to discuss its compliance concerns, the U.S. State Department said in a report sent to Congress on Tuesday, as the WSJ reports

Ukraine Pushes for Western Fighter Jets

Ukraine won support Tuesday from Baltic nations and Poland in its quest to obtain Western fighter jets, but there were no signs that larger nations like the U.S. and Britain have changed their stance of refusing to provide warplanes to Kyiv, as the AP reports.

U.S. and India Launch Defense and Tech Initiative

The United States and India on Tuesday formally established a high-level initiative on defense and emerging technologies — what national security adviser Jake Sullivan called “a strategic bet” on the relationship between democratic partners, as The Washington Post reports.

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In That Number


The death toll from Pakistan’s worst terrorist attack in years climbed to more than 100 on Tuesday as rescue workers combed through the rubble of a mosque in a police compound in the northern city of Peshawar.

Source: Financial Times

Critical Quote

“Palestinians and Israelis alike are experiencing growing insecurity and fear in their homes and communities in their places of worship. We believe it’s important to take steps to de-escalate, to stop the violence, to reduce tensions — and to try as well to create the foundation for more positive actions going forward.”

— Secretary of State Antony Blinken

iDeas Lab


China’s coast guard patrols show Beijing’s determination to assert control over the vast maritime zone within its claimed nine-dash line, writes the CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative.

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


Photo: Abdul Majeed/AFP/Getty Images

Photo: Abdul Majeed/AFP/Getty Images

Security personnel and rescue workers search for victims amid the debris of a damaged mosque a day after a blast inside the police headquarters in Peshawar on January 31, 2023.

Recommended Reading

"Tailwinds and Headwinds: The U.S. Offshore Wind Market" by CSIS's Allegra Dawes and Joseph Majkut.

This Town Tomorrow

At 10:00 a.m., CSIS’s Global Food Security Program hosts Dr. Cary Fowler, U.S. State Department special envoy for global food security, to launch the "Vision for Adapted Crops and Soils," with introductory remarks by Ambassador Cindy McCain.

Then, at 3:00 p.m., CSIS’s Human Rights Initiative and Project on Fragility and Mobility hold a conversation on the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)'s Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2022, with opening remarks by Ambassador Cindy Dyer. 

Earlier, at 11:30 a.m., the Atlantic Council hosts former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to discuss the importance of Western unity and support for Ukraine.


This morning, the CSIS Freeman Chair and the CSIS Japan Chair hosted a discussion on the likely trajectories for China-Japan relations, drawing on insights from newly translated Chinese primary source documents. Watch the full video here.


Photo: iLab/CSIS

Photo: iLab/CSIS

Last week, CSIS's Scott Kennedy joined J. Stephen Morrison to recount the changes in China–societally, politically, medically—since President Xi suddenly threw off the Zero-Covid controls in early December.

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I’m still going through the new Bob Dylan bootleg series, “Fragments: Time Out of Mind Sessions (1996-1997).” There are surprises at every turn. Typically the best material in these collections are the alternate versions and outtakes, and in this set they deliver. Take this “Version 2” of the “Time Out of Mind” classic “Can’t Wait.” “Version 2” is as otherworldly as the original album cut but it also delivers a bit of the Uptown New Orleans style funk which I love.

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