The Evening: Variant Drives Infections, Iraq Talks Conclude, Sledgehammer and More
April 7, 2021
Most U.S. Infections Now Caused by Variant
A highly infectious variant of the coronavirus that was first identified in Britain has now become the most common source of new infections in the United States, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday, as the NYT reports.
U.S. and Iraq Conclude Talks
The United States and Iraq concluded talks Wednesday on America’s troop presence here, issuing a joint statement that emphasized the growing capacity of the Iraqi military, six years after it crumbled in the face of the Islamic State’s advance as the Washington Post reports.
U.S. Restores Palestinian Aid
The Biden administration said on Wednesday it is restoring millions of dollars of economic and humanitarian aid to the Palestinians, reversing the Trump administration’s decision to cut the funds as the WSJ reports.
Navigating U.S. Foreign Assistance features a hands-on study of the latest trends and techniques today’s international development and humanitarian leaders need to successfully maximize their impact. Through seminars, case studies, and a culminating crisis simulation, participants will join a diverse network of industry professionals and pair their own unique experience with CSIS’s rich array of coaching resources. Register here.
The Mexico Matters podcast series highlights key developments in Mexico and their impact on the United States. Hosted by Mariana Campero, each episode brings in-depth analysis, commentary, and conversations on an array of subjects ranging from economics, trade, and energy to national security, foreign policy, and business. Listen on Apple Podcasts & Spotify.
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
European regulators stated that blood clotting problems due to the AstraZeneca vaccine are appearing at a rate of about one in 100,000 recipients.
“It is in our power to minimize death, disease and misery.”
— Andy Slavitt, White House Covid-19 adviser
Strategic competition has arrived in the Arctic. A new tracker from the CSIS Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program provides an up-to-date repository of military incidents in the Arctic region.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and multimedia.
(Photo credit: STR/AFP via Getty Images.)
People queue as they wait to use the automated teller machines of KBZ Bank in Yangon on April 7, 2021, amid strained banking operations due to the ongoing demonstrations by protesters against the February military coup.
“The Other Sides of Renegotiating the JCPOA Iran Nuclear Agreement,” by CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman.
This Town Tomorrow
Tomorrow, at 10:00 a.m., the CSIS Africa Program hosts a discussion on freedom and democracy in Africa. The event will cover Freedom House's 2021 Freedom in the World report as it relates to democracy, governance, and human rights on the continent, as well as policy options in response.
Later, at 1:00 p.m., join analysts from CSIS and the Secure World Foundation as they discuss their latest reports on counterspace weapons and threats to space systems.
And, at 1:00 p.m., the CSIS Reconnecting Asia Project hosts a discussion on the competition between the U.S. and China to establish subsea cable networks as more of the world comes online.
Earlier today, CSIS convened with a bipartisan panel of experts, who have all influenced previous national security strategies under the most recent Republican and Democratic presidents, to discuss how current strategic priorities and security challenges can be reconciled in President Biden's National Security Strategy. Watch here.
This week's episode of Babel dives into the Lebanese power sector and what its shortcomings tell us about broader fissures in Arab society.
“I've kicked the habit
Shed my skin
This is the new stuff
I go dancing in, we go dancing in”
In 1986-87 Peter Gabriel’s “So” was colossal. It remains one of my favorite all-time records, firmly in the cannon of Daniel Lanois’ produced masterpieces (see also U2’s “The Joshua Tree,” the Neville Brothers’ “Yellow Moon,” and Dylan’s “Time Out of Mind” among many others.)
The sound of “So” is different than anything that came before it and remains influential. “Sledgehammer” still gets me every time. The MTV video was revolutionary, but I love this live version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05TVDCWRBog.