The Evening: Hamas Attacks, Gaza’s Hospitals, Buffett Tribute, and More

Hamas Envisioned Deeper Attacks, Aiming to Provoke an Israeli War

Evidence gleaned since Oct. 7 shows Hamas militants prepared for a ‘second phase’ of assaults amid hopes of inspiring violence in the West Bank and beyond, as The Washington Post reports.

Gaza’s Hospitals

The Gaza Strip’s hospitals “must be protected,” President Biden said on Monday as Israeli troops battled to seize control of what Israel says is a Hamas command complex that lies below the enclave’s main medical facility, Al-Shifa Hospital, as the NYT reports.​​​​​

Cameron Returns

With his country mired in economic doldrums and his party trailing in the polls as an election nears, U.K. leader Rishi Sunak rolled the dice and shook up his government on Monday, appointing former Prime Minister David Cameron to the post of foreign secretary, as the AP reports.

Executive Education

The CSIS Women's Global Leadership Program is a year-long program designed for executives who wish to deepen their understanding of critical geopolitical trends in order to thrive in a complex and competitive global environment. Those nominated by their organizations will join a select network of senior-level professionals in seminars on global issues and participate in executive leadership and communication training.

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: "Israel Could Lose" with CSIS's Jon B. Alterman.

In That Number


The U.S. conducted a new round of airstrikes against facilities used by Iran and its proxies in eastern Syria late Sunday, following at least 48 attacks against U.S. forces in Syria and Iraq since mid-October.
Source: NYT

Critical Quote

“These attacks must stop. And if they don’t stop, we won’t hesitate to do what’s necessary to protect our troops.”

— Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin

iDeas Lab

Remote Visualization

Last week, CSIS experts and the former director of the United States National Counterterrorism Center, Michael Leiter, examined the tactics, scale, and global ramifications of the Hamas October 7 attack. Watch the event ReCap here. 

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


Photo: Alexi J. Rosenfeld/Getty Images

Photo: Alexi J. Rosenfeld/Getty Images

Republican Presidential candidate and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, led by IDF Spokesperson Maj. Liad Diamond and Amir Ohana, Speaker of the Knesset, visits Kibbutz Kfar Aza near the Gaza Border on November 12, 2023, in Kfar Aza, Israel.

Recommended Reading

Previewing 2023 APEC Leaders' Meeting” transcript from a press briefing hosted on November 7, 2023, with CSIS’s Victor Cha, Bonny Lin, Jude Blanchette, Erin L. Murphy, Charles Edel, and Nicholas Szechenyi.

This Town Tomorrow

At 1:00 p.m., the CSIS Strategic Technologies Program holds a conversation with Jeff Kosseff on his new book, Liar in a Crowded Theater: Freedom of Speech in a World of Misinformation.

Then, at 2:00 p.m., the CSIS Missile Defense Project rolls out a new report, Countering Small Uncrewed Aerial Systems: Air Defense by and for the Joint Force.

Also at 2:00 p.m., the CSIS Project on Prosperity and Development hosts a discussion highlighting tangible examples of U.S. government agencies’ implementation of the President’s Emergency Plan for Adaptation and Resilience.


This morning, CSIS experts unpacked the evolving humanitarian and health situation inside Gaza and heard from key operational international agencies and NGOs providing humanitarian assistance. Watch the full video here.



Rohitesh Dhawan, the President and CEO of the International Council on Mining and Metals, joins CSIS's Gracelin Baskaran to discuss responsible mining and the challenges faced by the global mining industry.

Listen on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.


This tribute to Jimmy Buffett at the annual Country Music Association Awards is really a smile.

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