The Evening: Real Differences, Israeli Hostage Dead, Tom Sawyer, and More

Real Differences

President Biden said Thursday that the United States has “real differences with Beijing,” one day after he after he held an hours long meeting with President Xi Jinping of China at a moment of deep tension between the two countries, as the NYT reports.

Xi Meets U.S. Business Leaders

On his first trip to the U.S. in six years, Chinese leader Xi Jinping didn’t make a pitch to win back American businesses and investors.  Instead, as the WSJ reports, at a Wednesday evening dinner with U.S. corporate chiefs and other guests, Xi sought to enlist American corporations’ help in easing bilateral tensions.

Israeli Hostage Found Dead

A 65-year-old Israeli woman who was kidnapped by Hamas militants on October 7 has been found dead near Gaza’s Al-Shifa hospital, the Israeli military said Thursday, as CNN 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 Emily Benson and Catharine Mouradian.

In That Number


Finland will close four crossing points on its long border with Russia to stop the flow of Middle Eastern and African migrants that it accuses Moscow of ushering to the border in recent months, the government said Thursday. 
Source: AP

Critical Quote

“He’s a dictator in the sense that he—he is a guy who runs a country that—it’s a communist country that is based on a form of government totally different than ours.”

— President Joe Biden

iDeas Lab

Photo: CSIS

Despite differences in size, flight, costs, and quantities between conventional aircraft and sUAS, the overall air defense kill chain is essentially the same. Read the full 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: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

 U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during the APEC CEO Summit at Moscone West on November 16, 2023 in San Francisco, California.

Recommended Reading

"What the Sunnylands Statement Means for U.S.-China Climate Cooperation" by CSIS’s Deborah Seligsohn and Ilaria Mazzocco.

This Town Next Week

On Monday, at 10:00 a.m., the CSIS Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics, Freeman Chair in China Studies, and China Power Project provide analysis on the outcomes of the APEC Leaders' Summit.

Then, at 2:00 p.m., the CSIS Scholl Chair in International Business previews the upcoming WTO's 13th Ministerial Conference, with keynote remarks from former U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab.

Later, at 4:30 p.m., the CSIS Bipartisan Alliance for Global Health Security discusses Collapse and Resiliency: The Inside Story of Liberia's Unprecedented Ebola Response by Dr. Tolbert Nyenswah and Dr. Mardia Stone. 


On the first episode of the CSIS Energy Security and Climate Change Program series "COP Stocktake: Inside Perspectives on the Global Climate Conference," CSIS's Jon B. Alterman joined Joseph Majkut to discuss the geopolitical context surrounding COP, the UAE's goals for hosting COP, and the Middle East perspective on climate talks. Watch the full video here.


Photo: iLab/CSIS

CSIS's Kathleen McInnis sat down with Sherri Goodman, a former senior defense official, for a discussion on her early work in climate security and how climate change is impacting the national security landscape.

Listen on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.


Geddy Lee’s new memoir has me going down my own memory lane. I’ll never forget the first time I heard “Tom Sawyer.” The sound was not like anything I’d ever heard before. The whole record “Moving Pictures” is a masterpiece. But this song…how could three guys produce a sonic explosion like this.

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