The Evening: CDC Michigan Warning, Domestic Extrimist Rise, Bullet The Blue Sky and More

CDC Director Says Michigan Needs to be Shut Down, Not Provided Extra Vaccine

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday that Michigan needed to enact shutdown measures in response to its worst-in-the-nation surge of coronavirus infections, rebuffing efforts by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to secure an extra supply of vaccine doses, as the NYT reports .

Domestic Extremism Rise in America

Domestic terrorism incidents have soared to new highs in the United States, driven chiefly by white-supremacist, anti-Muslim and anti-government extremists on the far right, according to a Washington Post analysis of data compiled by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, as the Washington Post reports .

Dive Deeper: The Military, Police, and the Rise of Terrorism in the United States,” by CSIS’ Seth Jones, Catrina Doxsee and Grace Hwang.

Iran Blames Israel for Natanz Outage

Iran on Monday accused Israel of sabotaging its key Natanz nuclear site and vowed revenge for an attack that appeared to be latest episode in a long-running covert war, as Reuters reports.

Executive Education

Global Foresight: Preparing for Future Trends is a new, comprehensive, and global executive education program offered by CSIS’s Risk and Foresight Group. This virtual course weaves together important issues, trends, and revolutions that government and business leaders must understand as they position themselves for the next 25 years. Register here.

Mexico Matters

The Mexico Matters podcast series highlights key developments in Mexico and their impact on the United States. Hosted by Mariana Campero, each episode brings in-depth analysis, commentary, and conversations on an array of subjects ranging from economics, trade, and energy to national security, foreign policy, and business. Listen on Apple Podcasts & Spotify.

Video Shorts

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

In That Number


The percentage of all domestic terrorist incidents linked to active-duty U.S. military and reserve personnel rose in 2020 to 6.4 percent, up from 1.5 percent in 2019 and none in 2018.

Source: CSIS

Critical Quote

“We will take our revenge from the Zionists.”

— Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iranian foreign minister

iDeas Lab

Data Unpacked hosts Seth Jones, senior vice president and director of the International Security Program at CSIS, to discuss what the U.S. should do to combat domestic terrorism.

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


(Photo credit: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images.)

Austrian police tries to calm down protesters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, an Iranian opposition group, in front of the 'Grand Hotel Wien' during the closed-door nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna on April 9, 2021, where diplomats of the EU, China, Russia and Iran held their talks.

Recommended Reading

"Train Wreck,” by CSIS's William Alan Reinsch.

This Town Tomorrow

Tomorrow, at 10:30 a.m., the CSIS Project on Nuclear Issues will host a conversation on the strategic challenges and opportunities for defense and diplomacy in the UK Integrated Review 2021.

Then, at Noon, the Atlantic Council will be joined by Ambassador of Iraq to the United States, Fareed Yasseen, to examine the outlook for US-Iraq relations following the Biden administration’s first round of strategic dialogue with Iraq on April 7.

Later, at 1:30 p.m., Washington Post Live will discuss vaccination efforts and Michigan’s recent surge in Covid-19 cases with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.


In the latest episode of High Resolution, CSIS' Dr. Victor Cha and Joe Bermudez dive into North Korea’s Orangchon Power Station project, one of the nation's most ambitious hydroelectric projects during the past thirty years. Watch here.


This week, CSIS's Jane Nakano talks with Representative Elaine Luria about energy and climate priorities in Virginia.

Listen on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.


U2’s 1987 album, “The Joshua Tree,” produced by Daniel Lanois brought an entirely new sound to mainstream rock and roll. Tracks like “Bullet The Blue Sky,” have sections where Lanios drives the mix backwards, and the resulting soundscape is a distinctive sonic architecture. It takes some pretty great musicians to be able to perform songs live that utilize effects in the studio that are impossible to reproduce in the moment