The Evening: Xi Putin Summit, Macron Survives, Bono plus The Edge at NPR, and More

Xi Putin Summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping held more than four hours of talks in Moscow on Monday, kicking off a much-anticipated state visit that represents a symbolic joint stand against the United States and its Western allies, which the two leaders have characterized as, domineering and hypocritical, as The Washington Post reports.

NK Simulated Nuclear Attack

North Korea said Monday it simulated a nuclear attack on South Korea with a ballistic missile launch over the weekend that was its fifth missile demonstration this month to protest the largest joint military exercises in years between the U.S. and South Korea, as the AP reports.

Macron Survives

The French National Assembly rejected a no-confidence motion against the government of President Emmanuel Macron, ensuring that a fiercely contested bill raising the retirement age to 64 from 62 becomes the law of the land, as the NYT reports.​​​​​

Executive Education

The Economics in National Security course examines the range of economic policy tools available to U.S. policymakers, how these tools are used, and their implications. It features interactive seminars with CSIS scholars and guests, including former senior trade officials, policy thinkers, and experts on economic sanctions.

Video Shorts

Check out CSIS’s new series of video shorts: “The Recap,” “Data Unpacked,” “Testify,” “What's Happening,” “Preview,” and  “High Resolution.” And don’t forget to subscribe to the CSIS YouTube Channel!

In That Number

27 Million

Indian authorities severed mobile internet access and text messaging for a second day Sunday across Punjab, a state of about 27 million people, as officials sought to capture a Sikh separatist and braced for potential unrest.

Source: The Washington Post ​​​​​

Critical Quote

“Climate change is a threat to human wellbeing and planetary health. The choices and actions implemented in this decade will have impacts now and for thousands of years.”

—United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

iDeas Lab


CSIS expert Kari Bingen testified before the House on countering CCP threats to the homeland.

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



(Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images.) Actor Toheeb Jimoh, actor Brett Goldstein, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, actor Hannah Waddingham, and actor Brendan Hunt look on as actor Jason Sudeikis speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 20, 2023

Recommended Reading

Iraq 20 Years After the Invasion: Humanitarian, Displacement, and Climate Change Challenges“ by CSIS’s Nicolas Jude Larnerd and Erol Yayboke, and Giorgi Gigauri.

This Town Tomorrow

At 9:00 a.m., the CSIS Japan Chair hosts a dialogue on prevailing themes in U.S.-Japan relations.

Then, at 9:30 a.m., the CSIS Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics and the CSIS Freeman Chair discuss the outcomes of China’s 2023 annual legislative session.

Later, at 4:00 p.m., the CSIS Americas Program holds a conversation on the state of democracy in Mexico and the outlook of institutions in the country.


The CSIS Strategic Technologies program hosted a conversation on the commercial applications of quantum information sciences, international collaboration for deployment, and barriers to market development. Watch the video here.


Trade Guys on the Road  Georgetown University Edition

The Trade Guys talk Section 232 and 301 tariffs, AUKUS, and the U.S. and the EU on electrical vehicles.

Listen on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.


What happens when Bono and The Edge fly from Ireland to D.C. just to perform a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR a couple of days ago? Ear to ear smiles all around. They invited a teen choir from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C., to accompany them and the result is special.

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