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May 10, 2022

Arctic
How the Russia-Ukraine War Challenges Arctic Governance

The Russian invasion of Ukraine presents the greatest obstacle to Arctic governance since the Cold War. The boycott of the Arctic Council will permanently diminish its scope and leave Arctic security…

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov gesture as they arrive for a meeting on the sidelines of the Arctic Council Ministerial summit, in Reykjavik, Iceland, on May 19, 2021.

May 4, 2022

Politics and Government
A Conversation With Senator Bill Cassidy

Senator Bill Cassidy discusses issues in the United States and how the US and its allies should work closely together to counter Russian power and Chinese influence, such as energy independence, inte…

Play US Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) talks with reporters as he leaves the Capitol after the first day of former US President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial February 9, 2021

April 21, 2022

Health
A Conversation With Secretary Xavier Becerra

Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra discusses the agency’s global footprint, including how COVID-19 exposed systemic disparities in healthcare at home and abroad, plans to prepare f…

Play Woman gets covid-19 vaccine

April 19, 2022

United States
CFR Fellows' Book Launch Series With Yascha Mounk

A democracy has never succeeded in being both diverse and equal. Yet, treating members of many different ethnic or religious groups fairly is central to the democratic project in countries around the…

Play Immigration protestors march in from of the U.S. Capitol.

April 1, 2022

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

A comprehensive list of each episode of The President's Inbox organized by topic. 

Resolute desk

March 14, 2022

Nigeria
Mummy G.O.: Nigeria’s Much-Derided Pentecostal Preacher Enunciates a Powerful Social Critique

Within the space of a few months, fifty-five-year-old evangelist Olufunmilayo Adebayo, popularly known as Mummy G.O., has gone from the relative obscurity of downscale Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos, to the most discussed subject in contemporary Nigerian Pentecostalism. The target of a blizzard of savage internet memes and unrelenting mockery, the founder and leader of the self-styled Rapture Proclaimer Evangelical Church of God (RAPEC) has been getting all the attention in a context where the leading—and mostly male—clerical figures dominate the news as a matter of course.

Worshippers attending mass wear face masks and sit in individual chairs six feet away from each other.

March 9, 2022

Oil and Petroleum Products
OPEC in a Changing World

Western leaders have long criticized OPEC’s power to raise oil prices, and the bloc continues to influence the global market even as U.S. oil production has soared and alternative energies have come …

OPEC

March 2, 2022

Education
Higher Education Webinar: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in College and University Admissions

Natasha Warikoo, professor of sociology at Tufts University and author of The Diversity Bargain: And Other Dilemmas of Race, Admissions, and Meritocracy at Elite Universities, leads a conversation on…

Play Students sitting together on campus.

March 2, 2022

Ukraine
Perspective on Ukraine, With Richard Haass

In this special episode, Why It Matters sits down with CFR President Richard Haass to ask the basic questions about the war in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s frame of mind, and his threa…

Podcast Russian service members walk past BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles during tactical combat exercises

February 28, 2022

Digital Policy
DC Hybrid Renewing America Series: The U.S. Digital Divide

As the United States continues to transition to a knowledge economy, entire regions are being left behind due to the automation of jobs, lack of computers and high-speed internet, and the impossibili…

Play A woman looks at Marcus, a savings and loans app by Goldman Sachs, in New York, U.S., January 10, 2020.