The Evening: Indo Earthquake, OPEC+ Eyes Increase, Love Sick Take 2, and More

Note: The Evening will be "Gone Fishin'" until Monday, November 28th. Happy Thanksgiving, and until then, Smile!

Indonesian Earthquake

More than 160 people have been killed in a 5.6-magnitude earthquake that hit Indonesia’s West Java province on Monday, as the Washington Post reports

Zelensky Invokes the Maidan Protests

Exactly nine years after the start of protests that led to the ouster of a pro-Russian president and set up a confrontation with Moscow, President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine drew on the theme of freedom that drove those demonstrations to brace a war-weary public for what promises to be a bleak winter.

In a video address to the nation on Monday, Mr. Zelensky highlighted how Ukraine’s commitment to the principles that animated the so-called Maidan revolution have endured since Russia’s full-scale invasion, as the NYT reports.

OPEC + Eyes Output Increase

Saudi Arabia and other OPEC oil producers are discussing an output increase, the group’s delegates said, a move that could help heal a rift with the Biden administration and keep energy flowing amid new attempts to blunt Russia’s oil industry over the Ukraine war, as the WSJ reports.

Executive Education

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In That Number


Saudi Arabia and other OPEC oil producers are discussing an output increase, and delegates reported that an increase of up to 500,000 barrels a day is now under discussion for the OPEC+’s December 4th meeting.

Source: WSJ

Critical Quote

“We can be left without money. Without gasoline. Without hot water. Without light. But not without freedom.”

— Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

iDeas Lab

Innovation Insights, a new series by CSIS's Renewing American Innovation Project, addresses the importance of setting technology standards and exploring critical challenges faced by the U.S. in this domain. Watch the first episode here.

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


(Photo credit: Yoan Valat/Pool/AFP via Getty Images.) French President Emmanuel Macron, French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna, and Moldovan President Maia Sandu appear onstage during the third ministerial conference of the Moldova Support Platform in Paris, on November 21, 2022.

Recommended Reading

"'Reunification' with Taiwan through Force Would Be a Pyrrhic Victory for China" by CSIS's Jude Blanchette and Gerard DiPippo.

This Town Next Week

On Tuesday, November 29th, at 11:00 a.m., the CSIS Economics Program holds a conversation with G20 Sherpa Michael Pyle about the outcomes from the 2022 G20 summit.

Also on Tuesday, November 29th, at 3:30 p.m., the CSIS Freeman Chair hosts a discussion with author Tai Ming Cheung on his new book, Innovate to Dominate: The Rise of the Chinese Techno-Security State. 

And, on Wednesday, November 30th, at 8:00 a.m., the CSIS Japan Chair examines the impact domestic political dynamics may have on debates about Japan’s security and prosperity.


Last Friday, EDA Asst. Sec. Alejandra Castillo joined the CSIS Renewing American Innovation Project to discuss the Regional Technology and Innovation Hub program and the RECOMPETE pilot program. Watch the full video here.


Dr. Victor Cha and Andrew Schwartz are joined by Professor Yasuyo Sakata, professor of international relations at Kanda University of International Studies in Japan, to discuss bilateral Korea-Japan relations, trilateral U.S.-Korea-Japan cooperation, and the North Korean growing threat. 

Listen on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.


Another perfect album is Bob Dylan’s 1997 late career masterpiece, “Time Out of Mind.” On January 27th, Dylan is releasing “Fragments: Time Out of Mind Sessions (1996-1997).” Daniel Lanois produced “Time Out of Mind,” and the atmospherics he added to the record are one of the most critically acclaimed and notable elements of the album. But Dylan wasn’t as happy with the way the Lanois production sounded as critics were. On “Fragments,” Dylan will release a trove of stripped down outtakes, remixes, and never before released live performances. A couple of days ago he dropped the first of them: “Love Sick (Take 2).” I thought the original “Love Sick” was one of Dylan’s greatest works. “Take 2” takes it to another level—it’s otherworldly.

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