The Evening: Shrinking Battlefield, Long Covid, Moonage Daydream, and More

Shrinking Battlefield

As the fourth month dawns in the war in Ukraine, the battle has narrowed to a 75-mile-wide sliver of land in the heart of the eastern Donbas region, where Russia’s concentrated firepower and shortened supply lines are helping its forces make progress toward a handful of key cities, as the NYT reports.

Long Covid Study

A large U.S. study looking at whether vaccination protects against long covid showed the shots have only a slight protective effect: Being vaccinated appeared to reduce the risk of lung and blood clot disorders, but did little to protect against most other symptoms, as the Washington Post reports.

Iran Used Secret U.N. Records to Evade Nuclear Probes

Iran secured access to secret United Nations atomic agency reports almost two decades ago and circulated the documents among top officials who prepared cover stories and falsified a record to conceal suspected past work on nuclear weapons, as the WSJ reports.

Executive Education

Understanding Washington offers embassy, business, and nonprofit professionals the tools and knowledge necessary to better navigate the Washington policy ecosystem. Course instructors will share their extensive knowledge about navigating the city's distinctive culture, policy dynamics, and political constructs.

Video Shorts

Check out CSIS's YouTube Channel for the latest releases in our “Crisis Crossroads: Ukraine” video series.

In That Number

6.6 million

While 6.6 million Ukrainians have fled their home since Russia’s invasion, a tally from the United Nations shows that more than 2 million have entered the country over the same period. That includes people who left and returned, as well as those who lived outside Ukraine and chose to go back.

Source: Washington Post

Critical Quote

“The overriding strategic decision is to wean ourselves off Russian oil and gas.”

— Frans Timmermans, European Union vice president for energy and climate

iDeas Lab

A new CSIS brief finds that domestic terrorist incidents at demonstrations in cities have increased significantly since 2019.

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

Optics

(Photo credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images.)

People photograph and inspect destroyed Russian main battle tanks and armored vehicles laying beside a road on May 25, 2022 in Irpin, Ukraine. As Russia concentrates its attack on the east and south of the country, residents of the Kyiv region are returning to assess the war's toll on their communities.

Recommended Reading

"Who Perseveres, Wins" by CSIS's Eliot A. Cohen for The Atlantic.

This Town Tomorrow

At 11:00 a.m., join the CSIS Americas Program for an event with USAID Administrator Samantha Power featuring the winners of the MujerProspera Challenge, a regional cohort promoting women’s equality in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

Earlier, at 9:00 a.m., the Wilson Center holds a rollout event on the publication of Two Presidents, One Agenda, a briefing book with policy recommendations for President Biden and the new South Korean President, Yoon Suk-yeol.

Also at 9:00 a.m., the Atlantic Council convenes a discussion on China's "zero Covid-19" policy.

Video

At the three-month mark of Russia's invasion, Ukraine, while fragile and vulnerable, is surviving. In the face of a long and bloody war of attrition unfolding in the East and the South, the human toll for Ukraine's citizens is likely to worsen. Watch the CSIS Global Health Policy Center's latest episode of Ukraine: The Human Price of War.

Podcasts

This week, Steve Morrison hosts Dr. Deborah Birx, who discusses how "we prepared for the wrong kind of pandemic."

Listen on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.

Smiles

We really need a smile today. When I learned about the new David Bowie documentary premiering at Cannes, “Moonage Daydream” which hits theaters this September, I smiled. Here’s the trailer.

And here’s the Bowie masterpiece that inspired the title of the doc.