The Evening: Russian Missiles Pummel Ukraine, Climate Deal Impasse, Hotel California, and More

Russian Forces Pummel Ukraine with Missile Strikes

Russian missiles pounded Ukraine on Thursday, killing four people, as Moscow continued to pursue a campaign of attacks on cities and energy infrastructure after withdrawing its forces from the southern city of Kherson, as the NYT reports.

Biden Pushes Back on Ukraine’s Claim Russia Shot Missile That Struck Poland

President Biden pushed back on claims by Ukraine’s president that the missile that killed two people in Poland this week wasn’t fired from Ukraine, as the WSJ reports.

Climate Negotiators Far From Deal

Climate talks stalled late night Thursday on some major issues going into the final day, but possibilities for a deal were buoyed by an unexpected proposal on two of the thorniest issues by the European Union that involves a fund for compensation for climate disasters, as the AP reports.

Executive Education

Nominate a woman leader by Friday, November 18, for the CSIS Women's Global Leadership Program (WGLP), a year-long program to deepen understanding of critical geopolitical trends in order to thrive in a complex and competitive global environment. Women nominated by their organizations will join a select network of senior-level professionals in seminars on global issues and participate in executive leadership and communication training.

Video Shorts

Check out CSIS’s new series of video shorts: “Data Unpacked,” “Testify,” “What's Happening,” “Preview,” and “High Resolution.” And don’t forget to subscribe to the CSIS YouTube Channel!

In That Number

$143 million

Finland's government on Thursday proposed spending $139 million euros ($143.4 million) to build fences along parts of the country's border with Russia, fulfilling a promise made in the wake of Moscow's February invasion of Ukraine.

Source: Reuters 

Critical Quote

“Yesterday’s power loss clearly demonstrates that the nuclear safety and security situation in Ukraine can suddenly take a turn for the worse, increasing the risk of a nuclear emergency.” 

— Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) 

iDeas Lab

The CSIS Scholl Chair examines how the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council (TTC) provides diplomatic channels for effectuating concrete outcomes on trade and climate that other arrangements are not designed to achieve.

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


(Photo credit: Yuriy Dyachyshyn/AFP/Getty Images.) A girl carries a kick scooter as she walks past a crater after a missile strike in a village, near the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, on November 16, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Recommended Reading

"The Only Way the U.S. Can Win the Tech War with China" by CSIS's Gregory C. Allen in TIME. 

This Town Tomorrow

At 9:30 a.m., the CSIS Energy Security and Climate Change Program hosts a discussion with Geoffrey R. Pyatt, Assistant Secretary for Energy Resources, U.S. Department of State, on how the United States can balance energy security while promoting a sustainable, affordable, and reliable energy transition.

And, at 10:00 a.m., the CSIS Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program hosts a conversation on the forthcoming book, No Limits: The Inside Story of China's War with the West, and on China's global ambitions and its future risks for the U.S. and Europe.

Then, at 1:30 p.m., the CSIS Renewing American Innovation Project holds a fireside chat with Economic Development Administration Asst. Sec. Alejandra Castillo to discuss two new programs meant to spur regional economic growth and inclusive innovation.


Kirsten Gelsdorf speaks with Gretchen Ki Steidle, the founder of Global Grassroots, a mindfulness-based social venture incubator for women in East Africa.

Listen on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.


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