The Evening: Russian Military Shakeup, Fresh Sanctions, How Sweet It Is, and More

Russian Military Shake Up

Russia has once again shaken up its military command in Ukraine in the latest sign of its faltering invasion, as the NYT reports.

Fresh Sanctions

The U.S. and its allies are preparing their next round of sanctions on Russia’s oil industry, aiming to cap the sales prices of Russian exports of refined petroleum products in an expansion of novel penalties the West has imposed on the country’s crude, as the WSJ reports.

Brazil Braces

Brazil’s capital prepared for the possibility of more violent demonstrations Wednesday by people seeking to overturn the presidential election, with local security officials blocking access to buildings trashed four days earlier by a horde of rioters, as the AP reports.

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In That Number


Brazilian police said that since Sunday they have detained some 1,500 people for questioning and released around 600 elderly people, mothers with children, and unhoused people, among others, for “humanitarian” reasons.

Source: The Washington Post

Critical Quote

“We’ve seen a miscalculation leading to serious wars many times in history.’”

— South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol

iDeas Lab

Japan recently unveiled new national security and defense strategies that could ultimately transform its defense posture and the U.S.-Japan alliance. CSIS Japan Chair Christopher Johnstone discusses key priorities in Japan’s strategic trajectory.

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


(Photo credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images.) A policeman speaks with protesters to prevent them from rioting in Cusco, Peru, on January 11, 2023. 

Recommended Reading

Rebuilding U.S. Inventories: Six Critical Systems” by Mark F. Cancian.

This Town Tomorrow

At 8:00 a.m., CSIS holds a series of discussions on upcoming political, security, and economic developments across the Indo-Pacific region in 2023.

And, at 10:00 a.m., the United States Institute for Peace hosts a conversation on the challenges of nonviolent activism during periods of political transition. 

Also at 10:00 a.m., the Middle East Institute holds a discussion on the continued challenges to gender equality in Tunisia and policy solutions to ensure meaningful and lasting integration of Tunisian women into spheres of public life. 


The CSIS Japan Chair today hosted a conversation with Kono Taro, Japan’s Minister for Digital Transformation, on Japan’s recent efforts and commitment to shaping rules and norms for the digital economy. Watch the full event here.


CSIS’s Ryan Berg joins the podcast to discuss the events of January 8th in Brazil when supporters of former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro stormed Brasilia and the aftermath.

Listen on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.


The Jerry Garcia Band clip yesterday has provided smiles leading up through today, so let’s do one more. The way Garcia interprets Motown hits is indeed always a joyful noise. “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” is a song that most people associate with James Taylor, but of course the incomparable Marvin Gaye first recorded it in 1964—up until that point, it was Gaye’s most successful single. Written by the Motown songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland, “How Sweet It Is” peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. Jerry’s version with the Jerry Band gets me smiling every time I hear or see a clip of it.

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