The Evening: Tanks to Ukraine, Peru Protests, The Lee Shore, and More

White House Approves Sending Abrams Tanks to Ukraine

The White House formally announced on Wednesday that it is sending 31 M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, part of a coordinated move in which Germany and other European nations will also send their own tanks to the fight in time for a coming offensive, as the WSJ reports

Germany Will Send 14 Tanks to Ukraine

Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced on Wednesday that Germany would send an initial shipment of 14 Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine and allow other nations to send their own, relenting after weeks of domestic and international pressure to deliver armored vehicles aimed at helping Kyiv regain territory seized by Russia, as the NYT reports.

Peru Protesters Tear-Gassed After President Calls for Truce

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Peru’s capital and were met with volleys of tear gas and pellets amid clashes with security forces just hours after President Dina Boluarte called for a “truce” in almost two months of protests, as the AP reports

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In That Number


​​​​The Pentagon is racing to boost its production of artillery shells by 500 percent within two years.

​​​Source: NYT

Critical Quote

"We will make sure that this support continues without increasing the risks for our country."

— German Chancellor Olaf Scholz

iDeas Lab

Photo: iLab/CSIS

Photo: iLab/CSIS

Europe's wartime shift from Russian gas to U.S. LNG is reshaping global energy trade. Transatlantic cooperation is critical for European energy security and hastening the energy transition, writes the CSIS Energy Security and Climate Change Program in a new digital feature.

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


Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

 German Chancellor Olaf Scholz takes questions from parliamentarians at a session of the Bundestag on January 25, 2023 in Berlin, Germany. Scholz acknowledged that Germany will provide Ukraine with Leopard main battle tanks.

Recommended Reading

"Continuing Construction Progress at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station" by CSIS’s Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., Victor Cha, and Jennifer Jun.

This Town Tomorrow

At 3:00 p.m., the CSIS Middle East Program holds a conversation on Kurdish identity in Iran, what it means in the wake of anti-government protests, and where things might go with Behrouz Boochani, Tara Azizi, and Jason Rezaian.

Earlier, at 9:30 a.m., the CSIS Korea Chair hosts a discussion with Sydney Seiler, the National Intelligence Officer for North Korea at the National Intelligence Council.

Also at 9:30 a.m., the CSIS Project on Nuclear Issues hosts a book launch event for The Fragile Balance of Terror: Deterrence in the Nuclear Age.


Today, the CSIS Americas Program hosted a conversation on how the United States can work with partner countries in Latin America to transition to clean energy technologies for mining. Watch the full video here.


Photo: iLab/CSIS

This week, CSIS's Kathleen McInnis spoke with Captain Erin Williams, commanding officer with the United States Coast Guard, at the 2022 Halifax International Security Forum. Captain Williams described the aftermath of a tug hitting Bligh Reef two days before Christmas during an ice scouting mission for tank vessels transiting Prince William Sound. 

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​​​​​​“Here is one like sunrise
It's older than you know
It's still just lying there, where some careless wave
Forgot it long ago”

Very few things in music sound as magical as David Crosby and Graham Nash harmonizing. Much has been made of Crosby’s falling out with Nash. I found out yesterday in my podcast interview with Crosby’s close friend and collaborator Steve Silberman that Crosby and Nash were working toward a reconciliation. That interview on The Truth of the Matter podcast will be published tomorrow. In the meantime…

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