The Evening: Truce Extended, Cargo Ship Attacked, Dylan at Budokan, and More

Truce Extended

Israel and Hamas have agreed to a deal to extend the fragile pause in fighting in Gaza by two days, Qatar announced Monday. Under the deal, mediated by Qatar and Egypt, additional women and children would be released from captivity in the Gaza Strip each day in exchange for Palestinian prisoners, as The Washington Post reports.

Cargo Ship Attack in Middle East

The five armed individuals who attacked a commercial vessel in the Gulf of Aden over the weekend were from Somalia, the Pentagon said Monday, as Politico reports.

Not Guilty Plea

A Vermont man suspected of shooting three college students of Palestinian descent pleaded not guilty Monday to three counts of attempted second-degree murder, as The Washington Post reports.

Executive Education

The Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy (AILA) at CSIS is seeking aspiring global leaders to apply for its flagship leadership program, the AILA International Fellowship. The program brings together a diverse cohort of mid-career leaders to leverage their diversity to address the intellectual, ethical, cultural, and policy questions that are central to effective leadership in today’s world. Applications close December 1, 2023.

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: "What the Sunnylands Statement Means for U.S.-China Climate Cooperation" with CSIS's Ilaria Mazzocco.

In That Number


U.S. naval forces on Sunday thwarted the attempted hijacking of a tanker owned by an Israeli billionaire as the vessel transited near Yemen in the Gulf of Aden, according to U.S. officials and the tanker’s parent company. Five people, all armed, were detained in the incident, according to a news release issued by U.S. Central Command.
Source: The Washington Post

Critical Quote

“The State of Qatar announces, as part of the ongoing mediation, an agreement has been reached to extend the humanitarian pause for an additional two days in the Gaza Strip.”

— Majed Al Ansari, Qatar’s Foreign Ministry spokesman

iDeas Lab

Testify on the Hill

CSIS's Benjamin Jensen testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet about intellectual property and strategic competition with China. Watch what he told Congress, in about two minutes.

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


Photo credit: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

Photo credit: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

Hostages released by Hamas stand on a bus transporting them to an army base in Ofakim in southern Israel after they were released by the Palestinian militant group from the Gaza Strip on November 26, 2023.

Recommended Reading

The Fruits of Kim-Putin Summitry: North Korea’s Military Satellite Launch” by CSIS's Victor Cha and Ellen Kim.

This Town Tomorrow

At 1:00 p.m., CSIS hosts Congressman French Hill (R-AR) to lead a panel discussion on Chinese economic forecasting and its relevance to understanding China's foreign policy.

Earlier, at 10:00 a.m., AEI holds a conversation with Federal Reserve Governor Christopher J. Waller on the nation’s economic outlook and the challenges the Federal Reserve faces.

Then, at 12:00 p.m., the Council on Foreign Relations hosts Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg to discuss the coordination of federal transportation projects and improving U.S. infrastructure.


Last week, CSIS's Jude Blanchette, Scott Kennedy, and Bonny Lin unpacked the 2023 APEC Leaders' Summit in San Francisco and the meeting of President Biden and President Xi. Watch the full video here.


Truth of the Matter

CSIS's J. Stephen Morrison joins the podcast to discuss the situation surrounding Gaza’s hospitals as Israel fights against Hamas.

Listen on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.


Last week I wrote about the recent Bob Dylan release, “The Complete Budokan,” which chronicles his historic 1978 concerts in Tokyo. The live material is worth revisiting because it was deeply criticized for its alternative arrangements upon its initial release in 1979 as a double live album, “Bob Dylan at Budokan.”

Decades later, much of the music still sounds like a Las Vegas performance—indeed, Dylan had been inspired by attending a Neil Diamond show in Sin City and he added a brass section and backup singers to his touring band. Occasionally, the Vegas style pays off. “Going, Going, Gone,” originally recorded with The Band for 1974’s “Plant Waves,” does well with an alternative concert arrangement at Budokan.