The Evening: Israel Pauses, Cautious Rates, The Rumble, and More

Israel Agrees to Pauses

Israel has agreed to daily, four-hour pauses in operations inside Gaza to allow more civilians to leave the northern part of the enclave and facilitate an increase in humanitarian aid entering from Egypt, as The Washington Post reports.

Discussing Hostage Deal

The C.I.A. director and the chief of Israel’s spy agency met with Qatari officials in Doha on Thursday for discussions on a deal to release some hostages held by Hamas in exchange for a short pause in Israeli attacks on Gaza, as the NYT reports.

Cautious Approach to Raising Rates

Fed Chair Jerome Powell said it was premature for the central bank to declare a conclusive end to its historic interest-rate increases of the past two years even though he didn’t make an argument for raising rates further right now, as the WSJ 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: "Establishing a New Multilateral Export Control Regime" with CSIS's Ryan Berg.

In That Number


At least 40 separate drone and rocket attacks have been launched at U.S. forces by Iranian-backed militias in Iraq and Syria over the past three weeks in response to American support for Israel in the Gaza war.
Source: Reuters

Critical Quote

We still don’t believe a cease-fire is appropriate at this time. Hamas benefits from it.

— John Kirby, NSC Spokesman

iDeas Lab

Fertility Rates and Male Contribution to Housework and Care in Selected OECD Countries

Despite Japan’s efforts to reverse the stagnant fertility rate, it has struggled to overturn the trend. The fertility rate among married couples has remained stable over the past two decades, but the growing number of unmarried individuals causes an overall low fertility rate. Read full the CSIS analysis here.

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


Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images

Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images

Palestinian families fleeing Gaza City and other parts of northern Gaza walk along a highway towards southern Gaza on November 9, 2023.

Recommended Reading

Experts React: What To Expect from the U.S.-India 2+2 Summit” by CSIS’s Donald Camp and Aman Thakker.

This Town Next Week

On Monday, at 8:30 a.m., the CSIS Project on Prosperity and Development hosts a discussion on Ukraine’s progress on anticorruption, and its reform priorities. 

Also on Monday, at 10:30 a.m., the CSIS Bipartisan Alliance for Global Health Security hosts the first event in a new series unpacking the evolving humanitarian and health situation inside Gaza.

On Tuesday, at 9:00 a.m., the CSIS Global Food and Water Security Program welcomes Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) for keynote remarks for the official U.S. launch of the 2023 SOFI report.


Earlier this week, the CSIS Transnational Threats Project unpacked Hamas’ October 7 attack with the former director of the United States National Counterterrorism Center Michael Leiter. Watch the ReCap here.



CSIS's Jude Blanchette was joined by Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) to discuss U.S.-China policy and strategic competition with the People’s Republic of China.

Listen on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.


In Davis Guggenheim’s 2008 documentary, “It Might Get Loud,” there’s a memorable scene in which Jimmy Page describes the first time that he heard “The Rumble” by rock pioneer Link Wray. In the film, Page digs into his vast collection to pull out a 45 record copy of “The Rumble,” and explains that the song’s “profound attitude” instantly hooked him. Naturally, when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted the late Wray this year, it was Page that honored him with this magnificent performance.