The Evening: Moderna Seeks Approval, Iran Promises Revenge, I Need To Know and More

Moderna Seeks Approval

Moderna said it would ask U.S. and European health regulators Monday to authorize use of its Covid-19 vaccine, after it was shown to be 94.1% effective in a full analysis of a pivotal study, as the WSJ reports.

Iran Promises Revenge

Amid vows to avenge the killing of scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran's leadership promised Monday to push ahead with its nuclear program while casting doubt on the future of negotiations with the West, as the Washington Post reports.

Dive Deeper: “Iran: Looking Beyond the Assassination,” by CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman.

EU greenhouse gas emissions down 24% since 1990

Greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union have been reduced by 24% compared to 1990 levels, according to the bloc’s annual climate report, but the EU said Monday it still needs to intensify efforts to keep to its target of making Europe the first climate-neutral continent by mid-century, as the AP reports.

Coronavirus Crisis Update

The Coronavirus Crisis Update podcast brings you the latest updates and analysis from CSIS experts and the leaders directing the global response. Past guests include NIAID Director Anthony Fauci, White House Chief of Staff-designate Ron Klain, IHME Director Chris Murray, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Representative Tom Cole (R-OK), Former FDA Comissioner Peggy Hamburg, and more. Listen on Apple Podcasts & Spotify.

Video Shorts

Check out CSIS’s new series of video shorts: “Data Unpacked,” Testify,” “What's Happening,” “Preview,” and “High Resolution.” And don’t forget to subscribe to the CSIS YouTube Channel!

In That Number


Moderna’s new data shows that its coronavirus vaccine was 100 percent effective at preventing severe disease from the coronavirus.

Source: NYT

Critical Quote

“To beat this pandemic, we also have to defeat the parallel pandemic of distrust.”

— Francesco Rocca, president, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

iDeas Lab

China and Malaysia are involved in another standoff over hydrocarbon exploration in the South China Sea. Satellite imagery analysis from the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative reveals an ongoing staredown at sea.

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


(Photo credit: Hamed Malekpour/Tasnim News/AFP) Members of Iranian forces pray around the coffin of slain nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

Recommended Reading

Designating the Houthis as Terrorists Would Be a Mistake,” by CSIS’s Jon Alterman.

This Town Tomorrow

Tomorrow, at 8:00 a.m., please join CSIS for a special discussion on the state of North Korea’s economy today and what scenarios could be expected in the future.

And, at 3:30 p.m., CSIS will be hosting the Washington D.C. launch of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) 2021 report.

Also, at 12:00 p.m., join the Atlantic Council for a conversation with Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank, to mark the launch the new GeoEconomics Center.


In episode one of Data Unpacked, host Matthew Funaiole unpacks expert reactions to China's rising assertiveness. Using poll data from a CSIS survey, SVP for Asia and Japan Chair Mike Green illustrates measures the U.S. can take to shore up its capabilities. Watch the new series here.


Dr. Leana Wen joined us for a tour d’horizon of the pandemic, at this moment of “explosive exponential growth.” Why is it so crucial today to have credible, trusted public health voices?

Listen on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.


It’s hard to get any more Los Angeles than this performance. Starcrawler is a hot young band out of, you guessed it, LA. Here, they perform Tom Petty’s “I Need To Know” with the Heartbreakers’ own Mike Campbell. There’s a raw, modern energy to this cover. You can almost hear it careening down Sunset or echoing through Topanga Canyon