The Evening: Fate of Hostages, Iran Threats, Elton Metallica, and More

The Evening will be “Gone Fishin” until Tuesday, April 16. Until then, Smile!

Hamas May Not Have Enough Living Hostages For Cease-Fire Deal

Fears are rising over the fate of the remaining hostages held in Gaza after Hamas said it was unsure whether it could bring forth 40 Israeli civilian captives as part of a U.S.-backed cease-fire proposal, as the WSJ reports.

Iran Threats

The top U.S. military commander for the Middle East, Gen. Michael E. Kurilla, was traveling to Israel on Thursday, officials said, as fears ran high that Iran would soon launch a strike to avenge the killings of several senior commanders, as the NYT reports.

Russian Military Replaced Losses Far Faster Than Expected

Gen. Christopher Cavoli, the top U.S. commander in Europe and NATO, today warned Congress that Russia has replaced its heavy battlefield losses in Ukraine, and did it faster than anticipated, as Politico reports.

Executive Education

Rethink innovation. Examine the opportunities and challenges facing the world of science, technology, and industry through the lens of global competition in Renewing the U.S. Innovation System, held at CSIS on April 18. Register here by 11:59 p.m. ET tonight.

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: "The Coming Conflict with Hezbollah" with CSIS's Seth G. Jones and Daniel Byman.

In That Number

76 cents

Civil war is driving Myanmar into an acute economic crisis, with nearly half the population living under the national poverty line of 76 cents a day.
Source: The Washington Post

Critical Quote

“Our commitment to Israel’s security against these threats from Iran and its proxies is ironclad.”

— President Joe Biden

iDeas Lab

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The CSIS Japan Chair welcomed Kondoh Hisahiro, Professor at Saitama University, for a discussion on Japan's strategic interests in the Indo-Pacific, as well as the implications for the U.S.-Japan alliance. Watch the ReCap video here.

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


Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida addresses a joint meeting of Congress in the House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, on April 11, 2024.

Recommended Reading

Famine in Gaza” by CSIS's Caitlin Welsh, Anita Kirschenbaum, and Zane Swanson.

This Town Upcoming

On Monday, at 9:00 a.m., the CSIS Project on Prosperity and Development welcomes Dr. Matthew Kroenig and Dan Negrea to discuss their new book.

On Wednesday, s​​​​​tarting at 8:00 a.m., the CSIS Project on Prosperity and Development hosts the 2024 Global Development Forum preceding the Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund.

Also on Wednesday, at 9:00 a.m., the CSIS Aerospace Security Project unpacks the latest counterspace weapons trends.


Yesterday, the CSIS China Power Project hosted five experts from Taiwan for a panel discussion on Chinese interference in Taiwan's 2024 elections. Watch the full video here.


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In the latest episode, CSIS's Donatienne Ruy and Otto Svendsen discuss the recent meeting of NATO foreign ministers, the latest EU-U.S. Trade and Technology Council meeting in Leuven, the Slovak presidential election, and more.

Listen on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.


We don’t normally think about Elton John, Bernie Taupin, and Metallica as having anything to do with each other, musically or otherwise. But, incredibly, the U.S. Library of Congress does and the result was amazing. Last month in Washington, PBS taped a two-hour special honoring John and Taupin called “Elton John & Bernie Taupin: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.” The show is now streaming on PBS. Watching Metallica cover “Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding” is not something that I ever imagined I would be doing—but I’m so glad that someone thought of Metallica for this.

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