The Evening: Lifting U.S. Travel Restrictions, NK Weighs in, Dylan Early 80s, and More

Lifting U.S. Travel Restrictions

The Biden administration will lift travel restrictions starting in November for foreigners who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, as the NYT reports.

NK Condemns U.S.-UK-AUS Pact

North Korea on Monday condemned a new defense pact by the United States, Australia, and Britain, and a plan to share nuclear submarine technology with Australia, saying the deal could trigger a nuclear arms race and upset the balance in the Asia-Pacific region, as the Washington Post reports.

Climate Summit High Risk of Failure

The coming climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland runs a “high risk of failure” unless world leaders take stronger measures to stem greenhouse gas emissions, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Monday, as the WSJ reports.

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In That Number


Nearly 30,000 children were hospitalized for Covid-19 in August; the least vaccinated states reported the highest rates. At Seattle Children’s hospital, about half of the children admitted for Covid-19 are older than 12.

Source: NYT.

Critical Quote

“We have developed a new international air travel system that both enhances the safety of Americans here at home and enhances the safety of international air travel.”

— Jeff Zients, White House coronavirus response coordinator

iDeas Lab

In this episode of Afghanistan Aftershocks, CSIS's Dr. Mike Green discusses the United States' strategy in Asia following its withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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


(Photo credit: Paul Ratje/AFP/Getty Images.) Haitian migrants continue to cross the U.S.-Mexico border on the Rio Grande as seen from Ciudad Acuna, Coahuila state, Mexico on September 20, 2021. In recent days, more than 15,000 Haitians crossed into the U.S. from Mexico and were stranded for days in Texas under a bridge spanning the Rio Grande.

Recommended Reading

"Don’t Diss the French" by CSIS's Eliot A. Cohen.

This Town Tomorrow

At 8:30 a.m., join the CSIS Project on Nuclear Issues for the start of their two-day conference on balancing nuclear modernization, alliance management, and effective arms control.

Then, at 2:00 p.m., CSIS and iCivics invite you to a conversation with former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on the importance of civic education as a national security imperative.

And, at 11:15 a.m., the Atlantic Council hosts European Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton to discuss Covid-19 and the EU’s digital and industrial policy agendas.


The CSIS International Security Program Friday hosted the book launch of Three Dangerous Men: Russia, China, Iran, and the Rise of Irregular Warfare, by CSIS’s Dr. Seth G. Jones.


Cyber from the Start
Last Friday, the Coronavirus Crisis Update sat down with Dr. LaQuandra S. Nesbitt, Director of the DC Department of Health, to discuss the importance of the continued vaccine rollout and the challenge of vaccine stigmatization.

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In the early 1980s, Bob Dylan wasn’t on my radar, really. I did have a hip Jewish grandmother who had me stay up late to watch Dylan’s one and only performance on Saturday Night Live in ’79 with her. It blew my eleven-year-old mind watching Dylan break out “Gotta Serve Somebody” on SNL, and I vaguely had the sense that it was a subversive performance—as the song goes, somewhere between holy and satanic. But for me, the early to mid-80s were about Zeppelin, The Doors, Skynyrd, and ACDC. And when The Police broke through in '79-'80 with “Regatta de Blanc” and “Zenyatta Mondatta,” everything changed.

For most people, Dylan’s early to mid-'80s music was indeed forgettable. His albums “Shot of Love,” “Infidels,” and “Empire Burlesque” drew the kind of criticism reserved for the Mili Vanili’s of the world. Dylan himself admitted he was lost and increasingly irrelevant. It wouldn’t be until ’89, when Dylan absconded to New Orleans to record “Oh Mercy” with Daniel Lanios and the Neville Brothers, that his cultural resurrection would be launched.

Now, the latest edition of Dylan’s bootleg series, Springtime in New York (1980-1985) has just dropped over the weekend. It obliterates everything that we thought about Dylan’s music of the period. Listening to the outtakes and rehearsals—the material that never made it on to “Shot of Love,” “Infidels,” and “Empire Burlesque”—may be one of the grandest mysteries of all when it comes to the bewildering bard. These tracks are astonishingly great.

“Price of Love,” an outtake from “Shot of Love,” is one of my favorites. And yes, Benmont Tench from the Heartbreakers plays keys on it. Play this LOUD: