The Evening: Ukrainian Counteroffensive, Cuba’s Chinese Spy Base, Jerry, and More

Ukraine launches counteroffensive

The Ukrainian military’s long-anticipated counteroffensive against occupying Russian forces has begun, opening a phase in the war aimed at restoring Ukraine’s territorial sovereignty and retaining Western support, as The Washington Post reports.

Cuba to Host Secret Chinese Spy Base Focusing on U.S.

China and Cuba have reached a secret agreement for China to establish an electronic eavesdropping facility on the island, in a brash new geopolitical challenge by Beijing to the U.S., as the WSJ reports.

Wildfire Smoke

Hundreds of fires raging across Eastern Canada continued to spread clouds of dangerous pollution across much of the eastern United States on Thursday. And as the NYT reports, officials issued warnings about air quality in a broad swath of the country, from New York west to Indiana and as far south as the Carolinas.

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In That Number


About 250 wildfires burned out of control in the eastern part of Canada as of early Thursday, about 150 of them in Quebec.

Source: NYT

Critical Quote

We are well aware of—and have spoken many times to—the People’s Republic of China’s efforts to invest in infrastructure around the world that may have military purposes, including in this hemisphere.

— John Kirby, spokesman for the National Security Council

iDeas Lab

Remote Visualization

Australian Ambassador to the U.S. Kevin Rudd joined the CSIS Australia Chair for a conversation on Australia's expanding role in the Indo-Pacific. Watch the ReCap here.

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


Photo: Aleksey Filipov/AFP/Getty Images

Photo: Aleksey Filipov/AFP/Getty Images

A local resident sails on a stand-up paddleboard board during an evacuation from a flooded area in Kherson on June 8, 2023.

Recommended Reading

"Spectrum Allocation for a Contest with China" by CSIS's James Andrew Lewis.

This Town Next Week

On Monday, at 9:00 a.m., the CSIS Americas Program discusses democracy and women's rights in Latin America.

On Tuesday, at 1:00 p.m., the CSIS International Security Program hosts a conversation on NATO’s historic burden sharing debate ahead of the 2023 Vilnius Summit. 

On Wednesday, at 9:00 a.m., the CSIS Southeast Asia Program and US-ASEAN Business Council co-host the second annual U.S.-Indo-Pacific Conference, featuring Senator Bill Hagerty and Senator Tammy Duckworth.


Today, the CSIS Asia Program hosted Senator Dan Sullivan, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, for an armchair discussion on Taiwan. Watch the full event here.



​ CSIS expert Rick Rossow joins Joseph Majkut to discuss India’s ambitious renewable energy targets and critical position on the world stage over the next decade.

Listen on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.


It’s amazing to see John Mayer play with founding members of the Grateful Dead in Dead & Co, and it’s also fun to watch the guys in JRAD do their thing.

But let’s not forget that Jerry Garcia, as Bob Dylan said, “had no equal."

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