The Evening: Zelensky’s Warning, Iran Sanctions, Over My Head, and More

Zelensky’s Warning

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday delivered an impassioned speech to world leaders at the United Nations telling the General Assembly, “Mass destruction is gaining momentum,” as the Washington Post reports.

Biden at UN

President Biden sought to rally the world on Tuesday to stick with Ukraine and warned against appeasing Moscow in a way that would reward its aggression and encourage the further use of force to redraw the global map, as the NYT reports.

U.S. issues more sanctions over Iran drone program

The U.S. on Tuesday imposed sanctions on seven people and four companies in China, Russia, and Turkey who officials allege are connected with the development of Iran’s drone program, as the AP 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: "Whose Water Is It Anyway" with CSIS's Natasha Hall.

In That Number

$76 billion

U.S. defense secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said on Tuesday that allies had so far sent Ukraine about $76 billion in weapons and other security assistance since the start of Russia’s invasion in February 2022.
Source: NYT

Critical Quote

“If we allow Ukraine to be carved up, is the independence of any nation secure?”

— President Joe Biden

iDeas Lab

Photo: CSIS

CSIS expert Victor Cha explains what's happening with Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin's September 13th meeting and explains what this meeting means for international security and the future of Russia-North Korea relations. 

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


Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images.

Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images.

President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks during the United Nations General Assembly in New York, on September 19, 2023.

Recommended Reading

Tracking Transatlantic Drug Flows: Cocaine's Path from South America Across the Caribbean to Europe” by CSIS’s Christopher Hernandez-Roy, Rubi Bledsoe, and Andrea Michelle Cerén. 

This Town Tomorrow

At 2:00 p.m., the CSIS Project on Trade and Technology and the CSIS Economics Program discuss New Zealand's CPTPP host year and the future of Indo-Pacific trade.

Later, at 5:00 p.m., the CSIS Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program explores the future trajectory of British foreign policy with Member of Parliament David Lammy.

And, at 10:30 a.m., the Atlantic Council addresses the security imperative of meeting global demand for low-emissions production and manufacturing.


Today, CSIS welcomed Secretary of the U.S. Army Christine Wormuth and Vice Chief of Staff of the Army General Randy George for the inaugural Strategic Landpower Dialogue. Watch the full video here.


The Asia Chessboard

The Asia Chessboard

Michael Green, Jude Blanchette, and Erin Murphy examine Myanmar's state of affairs and explore the country's relationship with China.

Listen on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.


I smile a lot when I think about and listen to Fleetwood Mac. They were my parents' music and became mine too. That’s why I’m so excited about the release of “Rumours Live.” Last week I wrote about The Band having three magnificent singers. So did the Big Mac. Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham usually receive most of the attention, but the late Christine McVie was a superstar too. She wrote songs like “Don’t Stop,” “You Make Loving Fun,” and “Say You Love Me.” But I think my favorite Christine McVie tune is “Over My Head”.

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