The Evening: Ukrainian Shakeup, Ongoing Talks, Legend, and More

Ukrainian Shakeup

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky removed his top general in the most significant shake-up of the country’s leadership since the full-scale Russian invasion began nearly two years ago, as the WSJ reports.

Infantry Shortage

The Ukrainian military is facing a critical shortage of infantry, leading to exhaustion and diminished morale on the front line, military personnel in the field said this week, as The Washington Post reports.

Ongoing Discussions

As a Hamas delegation went to Cairo on Thursday for more talks about ending the war in Gaza, Israeli officials signaled that their government was still open to negotiation, despite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s strong public rejection of a Hamas proposal, as the NYT reports.

Executive Education

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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: "Global Terrorism Threat Assessment 2024" with CSIS's Catrina Doxsee.

In That Number

92 percent

Incumbent President Ilham Aliyev appears to be headed to an expected landslide victory in Azerbaijan’s presidential election Wednesday with 92 percent of the votes.
Source: AP

Critical Quote

“Today we talked openly about what needs to change in the army. Urgent changes. It’s about the management of the armed forces.”

— Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

iDeas Lab

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A recent report by CSIS's Transnational Threats Project reveals terrorist ​attacks in the United States have increased in number for the past several years, with most of the violence driven by domestic extremism. Read the full report here.

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


Photo: Muhammad Reza/Getty Images

Photo: Muhammad Reza/Getty Images

Pakistani election officials begin the counting of votes after the closing of voting at a polling station in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on Thursday, February 8, 2024.

Recommended Reading

"Global Terrorism Threat Assessment 2024" by CSIS's Catrina Doxsee, Alexander Palmer, and Riley McCabe.

This Town Upcoming

On Monday, at 9:00 a.m., the CSIS Korea Chair hosts a conference to discuss issues important to the U.S.-ROK-Japan trilateral cooperation, including North Korea and extended deterrence,  economic security cooperation, and more. 

Also on Monday, at 2:00 p.m., the CSIS Wadhwani Center for AI and Advanced Technologies welcomes Anu Bradford, Professor of Law at Columbia University, to discuss her newest book, Digital Empires: The Global Battle to Regulate Technology.

On Tuesday, at 1:30 p.m., the CSIS Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program hosts a special event marking the two-year anniversary of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.


Today, the CSIS Project on Prosperity and Development welcomed former president of Poland Lech Walesa for keynote remarks regarding the necessity of continued U.S. support for Ukraine. Watch the full video here.


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The latest episode of the AI Policy Podcast discusses the most recent EU AI Act milestone, the latest from the AI chip war, and U.S.-China AI safety dialogues.

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Yesterday’s Ziggy Marley clip reminded me that while Ziggy is the closest approximation to his father in the music world, there really is no substitute for the late Bob Marley.

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