The Evening: Ukraine Clarifying, Canadian Speaker Steps Down, White Horse, and More

Ukraine Clarifying

Ukraine’s military said on Tuesday that it was “clarifying” whether the commander of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet had died in a recent missile strike on Moscow’s naval headquarters in Crimea, acknowledging uncertainty after Russia released a video appearing to show him at a meeting of top defense officials, as the NYT reports.

Canadian Speaker Steps Down

The Canadian legislature’s speaker quit on Tuesday, bowing to pressure from the governing Liberals and other political parties after he invited and honored a man later identified by Jewish advocacy groups as a former Nazi soldier who attended Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky’s address last week to Canadian lawmakers, as the WSJ reports.

U.S. demands protection for civilians as thousands leave Nagorno-Karabakh

As thousands of ethnic Armenians fled the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh on Tuesday, the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Samantha Power, called on Azerbaijan to protect the rights of civilians in the region and allow access for international monitors and humanitarian organizations, as The Washington Post reports.

Executive Education

Beyond the Battlefield: Global Implications of Russia's War in Ukraine breaks down how the February 2022 invasion and concomitant sanctions have been altering national and regional security in Russia, on the European continent, and the United States.

Audio Briefs

CSIS experts give short, spoken-word summaries on the biggest takeaways from their latest reports, white papers, and commentaries—in their own words.

Listen here: "Post-Prigozhin Russia in Africa" with CSIS's Mathieu Droin.

In That Number


At least 504 children have been killed so far in Ukraine since Russia’s invasion began, according to data from Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office on Tuesday.
Source: The Washington Post

Critical Quote

The year 2023 has been recorded as an extremely dangerous year. The Korean peninsula is in a hair-trigger situation with imminent danger of nuclear war breakout.

— North Korean Ambassador to the UN Kim Song

iDeas Lab

Remote Visualization

CSIS's Gregory Allen testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight on the national security threats of advanced technology. Watch what he told Congress, in about 2 minutes.

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


Photo: David Lotfi/CSIS

David Lotfi/CSIS

U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken delivering a keynote speech at CSIS for the 8th annual ROK-U.S. Strategic Forum on September 25, 2023.

Recommended Reading

The Past, Present, and Future of U.S. Assistance to Ukraine: A Deep Dive into the Data” by CSIS’s Elizabeth Hoffman, Jaehyun Han, and Shivani Vakharia.

This Town Tomorrow

At 9:00 a.m., the CSIS Americas Program holds a discussion on Latin America’s start-up culture and entrepreneurial landscape.

Later, at 2:00 p.m., the CSIS Africa Program discusses critical issues shaping the Democratic Republic of Congo with the Honorable Patrick Muyaya.

And, at 3:00 p.m., the Wilson Center reflects on the CHIPS and Science Act and its impact on semiconductor resilience.


Yesterday, the CSIS Korea Chair and the Korea Foundation held the 8th annual ROK-U.S. Strategic Forum. The conference featured keynote remarks from U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Senator Chris Van Hollen. Watch the full event here.


The Truth of the Matter

Mariana Campero, former CEO of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations and host of CSIS's “Mexico Matters,” joins the podcast to discuss Mexico’s historic 2024 presidential election featuring two female candidates.

Listen on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.


I was not smiling this Sunday after the Ravens totally blew it. Sitting with a loss to the Colts (of all teams) this week isn’t easy. But I continue to be astonished at the range of music the Ravens play over the sound system at the stadium. In one afternoon, you’ll hear a range of classic rock, rap, R&B, pop, and C&W. The song that got me this past weekend is one of country star Chris Stapleton’s new tunes, “White Horse.” Stapleton is a gigantic star with a powerful voice and serious songwriting chops. “White Horse” is an instant classic.

I invite you to email me at and follow me on Twitter @handrewschwartz