The Evening: Vaccinating Children, Afghan Refugees, Muddy Stones, and More

Vaccination Plans for 5-11-Year-Olds

Anticipating that regulators will make vaccines available to 5- to 11-year-olds in the coming weeks, the Biden administration laid out plans on Wednesday to ensure that some 25,000 pediatric or primary care offices, thousands of pharmacies, and hundreds of school and rural health clinics will be ready to administer shots if the vaccine receives federal authorization, as the NYT reports.

Half of Afghan Evacuees at U.S. Bases are Children

About half of the 53,000 Afghan evacuees brought to the U.S. and living at military installations are children, the Pentagon told lawmakers in a recent letter, underscoring the variety of challenges facing officials trying to resettle Afghans, as the WSJ reports.

White House Considers Tax Rise Plan

Senior Biden officials briefed top Democratic lawmakers on a potential shift in the party’s tax plans on a private call on Wednesday, as the Washington Post reports.

But, as Politico reports, Senator Kyrsten Sinema remains opposed to one of the Democratic party's chief goals of raising tax rates on high-income earners and corporations.

Executive Education

Delve into China’s domestic and elite politics, its growing international influence, and its economic development trajectory with CSIS scholars in a three-day hybrid course. Apply today for Dynamics and Implications of China’s Rise, a CSIS Executive Education course.

Video Shorts

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In That Number

28 million

The White House on Wednesday announced plans to distribute vaccines to 28 million children ages 5 to 11 that have so far been ineligible to receive the coronavirus shots.

Source: Washington Post

Critical Quote

“Kids have different needs than adults and our operational planning is geared to meet those specific needs, including by offering vaccinations in settings that parents and kids are familiar with and trust.”

— Jeff Zients, White House Covid-19 coordinator

iDeas Lab

CSIS's Seth G. Jones testified before the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee on "Violent Domestic Extremist Groups and the Recruitment of Veterans” on October 13, 2021.

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


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Syrian security forces stand guard as the charred bus is removed from the site of an early morning attack on an army bus targeted with explosive devices, in the capital Damascus on October 20, 2021.

Recommended Reading

"The Puzzle of U.S.-Saudi Ties" by CSIS's Jon B. Alterman.

This Town Tomorrow

At 9:00 a.m., join CSIS and the Peterson Institute for International Economics for a discussion on opportunities for U.S. engagement and foreign direct investment in Mexico.

Then, at 3:00 p.m., CSIS hosts a Schieffer Series event in which experts will analyze the global impacts of the AUKUS deal, with a focus on how it reshapes the strategic landscape of the Indo-Pacific as well as how U.S. allies are responding.

And, at 2:00 p.m., Brookings hosts a conversation with Alondra Nelson, deputy director for science and society at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, on creating a tech equity agenda to advance American democracy.


The CSIS International Security Program today hosted LTG Jon Jensen, Director of the Army National Guard, for a conversation on the future of the Army National Guard and its role in domestic and overseas operations.


On today's episode of Babel, Jon discusses Lebanese and Iraqi politics, similarities and differences between protests in Iraq and Lebanon, and why people-led political change is so difficult in a sectarian system with Chloe Cornish, outgoing Middle East correspondent at the Financial Times.

Listen on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.


“Baby please don’t go,
Baby please don’t go down to New Orleans
Because I love you so.”

Can you imagine walking into a club to this scene? Watch!