The Evening: Covid Pills Purchase, Polish Border Violence, I’ve Got a Feeling, and More

Note: The Evening will be “Gone Fishin’” until Thursday, November 18.

Biden Administration to Purchase 10 Million Covid Pills

The Biden administration is expected to announce this week that it is purchasing 10 million courses of Pfizer’s covid pill, a multibillion-dollar investment in a medication that officials hope will help change the trajectory of the pandemic by staving off many hospitalizations and deaths, as the Washington Post reports.

Violence on Polish Border

Violence erupted at the Poland-Belarus border on Tuesday, as migrants desperate to cross into the European Union threw stones at Polish border guards who responded with water cannon and tear gas, as CNN reports.

Iran Resumes Production of Centrifuge Equipment

Iran has resumed production of equipment for advanced centrifuges at a site the United Nations’ atomic-energy agency has been unable to monitor or gain access to for months, as the WSJ reports.

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In That Number


At least three people were killed and dozens injured after suicide bombers allied to the Islamic State set off two powerful explosions near Uganda's parliament in Kampala.

Source: WSJ

Critical Quote

“I think it’s incumbent on Republicans to join our Democratic colleagues in finding paths forward—paths forward on methane and other issues. And I think it’s incumbent on our Democratic colleagues to welcome us.”

— Rep. John Curtis (R-UT), House’s Conservative Climate Caucus Chairman

iDeas Lab

CSIS Satellite Imagery

Adopting a commercial open system for acquisition would increase competition and make integrating innovative technology easier for the Department of Defense. New analysis from CSIS tracks the frequency that the terms “open systems” or “open architectures” appear in the president's budget.

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



(Photo credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images.)

U.S. President Joe Biden meets with China's President Xi Jinping during a virtual summit from the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 15, 2021.

Recommended Reading

A Nuclear Iran Is Not Inevitabl ” by CSIS's Eric Brewer.

This Town Tomorrow

At 9:00 a.m., join the CSIS Southeast Asia Program for an event previewing the landscape of the 2022 presidential elections in the Philippines.

Later, at 11:00 a.m., join the CSIS Americas Program for a discussion on the regional dimensions of collaboration over security concerns ahead of the 2022 Summit of the Americas.

Also, at 4:30 p.m., Washington Post Live hosts a virtual discussion on the weaponization of misinformation, efforts to hold social media companies accountable, and the push for more media literacy to combat the spread of conspiracy theories.


Today, the CSIS Middle East Program and Humanitarian Agenda hosted a discussion on the humanitarian aspects of Lebanon’s current crisis.


Cyber from the Start

Today's episode of Babel examines Saif Gaddafi's political ambitions in the upcoming elections in Libya, the unique aspects of Libya's society and revolution, and the memory of the Gaddafi regime in Libya.

Listen on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.


Now this is a real smile. On November 25, Peter Jackson’s 3-part documentary “The Beatles: Get Back” begins streaming on Disney+, and the world is in for something special. To produce “Get Back,” Jackson, best known for the epic “Lord of the Rings” films, poured through 57 hours of footage and 130 hours of audio that were recorded in 1969 while the Beatles spent 14 days putting together the album that would become “Let It Be.”

For the past 50 years, this never-before-seen footage has sat untouched in the Beatles’ vaults. Here’s a clip of what Get Back is going to look and sound like.