The Evening: Israel Advances, House Aid Bill, Willie, and More

Israel Advances

Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to push Israeli officials to engage in “humanitarian pauses” in the invasion of the Gaza Strip, a senior administration official said Thursday, as the top U.S. diplomat embarked on a trip to the Middle East. And, as The Washington Post reports, Israel said its troops are continuing to “advance in the area of Gaza City.”

House Set to Pass Aid Bill for Israel, Clashing With Biden and Senate

The House on Thursday headed toward passage of a $14.3 billion aid package for Israel in its war with Hamas, defying a veto threat from President Biden and bipartisan opposition in the Senate, and posing a dilemma for Democrats who staunchly back the Jewish state, as the NYT reports.

Wagner Group Plans to Send Air Defenses to Hezbollah

Wagner Group, the Russian paramilitary organization, plans to provide an air-defense system to Hezbollah, as the WSJ reports.

Executive Education

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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: "Establishing a New Multilateral Export Control Regime" with CSIS's Emily Benson and Catharine Mouradian.

In That Number

$425 million

The Biden administration plans to announce a $425 million military aid package for Ukraine on Friday including counter drone rockets and munitions, U.S. officials said on Thursday.
Source: Reuters

Critical Quote

A crossfire ... of Hamas' making.

— Secretary of State Antony Blinken

iDeas Lab

Photo: CSIS

COCOM was officially dissolved on March 31, 1994, and the Wassenaar Arrangement launched officially on July 12, 1996. A new CSIS report discusses the merits of the argument that a new multilateral export control regime is necessary and then evaluates five main options for moving forward.

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


Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Political and industry leaders pose at the United Kingdom’s AI Safety Summit, an event for leading AI companies, civil society groups and experts to discuss how risks can be mitigated through international coordination, on November 2, 2023, in Bletchley, England.

Recommended Reading

"Establishing a New Multilateral Export Control Regime" by CSIS’s Emily Benson and Catharine Mouradian.

This Town Tomorrow

At 10:00 a.m., the CSIS Strategic Technologies Program hosts a discussion on the upcoming 2023 Counter Ransomware Initiative Summit. 

Also at 10:00 a.m., the CSIS Global Food and Water Security Program unpacks the findings of the 2023 Global Philanthropy Tracker and global development challenges.

Then, at 11:00 a.m., the CSIS International Security Program welcomes Vice-Admiral Angus Topshee, Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, to discuss Canada’s role in global maritime security.


Last week, CSIS's Jon Alterman sat down with with H.E. Mr. Ayman Safadi, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, to discuss the ongoing Israel-Hamas war and potential avenues for peace. Watch the full video here.


The Truth of the Matter

CSIS’s Eliot Cohen joins the podcast to discuss the ground war in Gaza and his new book “The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare on How Leaders Rise, Rule and Fall.”

Listen on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.


Last week we saw Keith Richards and Joe Walsh hit the late night TV circuit. This week, the legendary Willie Nelson.

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