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January 11, 2021

Transition 2021
Transition 2021 Replay: Biden’s CIA Director Nominee on U.S. Diplomacy

President-Elect Joe Biden recently nominated Ambassador William J. Burns to serve as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In June of 2019, Ambassador Burns and James M. Lindsay discussed …

Podcast Then-U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns makes remarks at a session of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue at the State Department in Washington July 11, 2013.

November 5, 2020

Election 2020
U.S. Ballot Counting Continues, WTO Selects Director General, and More

The world awaits the results of the close U.S. presidential election, the World Trade Organization (WTO) is scheduled to select a new director general, and Myanmar holds fraught elections.

Podcast County employee opens mail-in ballots at the Luzerne County Bureau of Elections.

October 22, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The World Health Summit, Chile’s Constitutional Referendum, and More

The World Health Summit 2020 takes place virtually, Chileans vote in a constitutional referendum amid protests, and Tanzania holds a general election.

Podcast emonstrators display compositions made with pictures of Chilean President Sebastian Pinera (L) and late dictator Augusto Pinochet, during a march in Santiago, on the sixth straight day of street violence which erupted over a now suspended hike in metro ticket prices.

October 15, 2020

U.S. Congress
U.S. Senate Votes on COVID-19 Relief Bill, Bolivia’s General Election, and More

The U.S. Senate votes on a COVID-19 relief bill; Bolivians head to the polls for a twice-postponed general election; and New Zealand, considered to have one of the most successful pandemic responses,…

Podcast Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) arrive to watch the casket with the remains of Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) being carried from the U.S. Capitol building, in Washington.

September 10, 2020

United Nations General Assembly
A Virtual UNGA, Lukashenko and Putin Meet, and More

The seventy-fifth UN General Assembly kicks off virtually, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, and the European Union and China h…

Podcast Protesters oppose the integration of Belarus and Russia and consider that sign a new agreement of deepening integration can lead to Belarus losing its independence. Presidents of Russia and Belarus, Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko meet and talk about road maps for the integration of the two countries taking place in Russia.

August 27, 2020

Climate Change
Hurricane Laura Makes Landfall, WTO Director-General Resigns, and More

Louisianans and Texans cope with Hurricane Laura as they mark fifteen years since Hurricane Katrina, the World Trade Organization’s director-general, Roberto Azevedo, departs amid uncertainty over th…

Podcast Flooding caused by Hurricane Laura on August 27, 2020 in Sabine Pass, Texas. Hurricane Laura came ashore bringing rain and high winds to the eastern part of the state.

August 12, 2020

Education
Why We Need International Students

For decades, international students have enjoyed bipartisan support in the United States, with strong consensus that they fuel American innovation, job creation, and competitiveness. But in recent ye…

Podcast Students cheer during commencment ceremonies at Columbia University May 18, 2005 in New York City. This is the 251st class to graduate from Columbia.

January 14, 2020

Election 2020
Should the United States Spend Less on Defense?

In this episode of our special Election 2020 series of The President’s Inbox, Mackenzie Eaglen and William D. Hartung join host James M. Lindsay to discuss defense spending.

Podcast Military

January 9, 2020

Iran
Soleimani’s Killing, U.S.-China ‘Phase One’ Trade Deal, and More

Tensions between the United States and Iran escalate after the killing of Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani, Washington and Beijing finalize their “Phase One” trade deal, and Taiwan holds a pivot…

Podcast Soleimani

December 19, 2019

U.S. Foreign Policy
The World Next Year: Looking Ahead to 2020

Hosts James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon are joined by Paul B. Stares to forecast the coming year’s international challenges and developments.

Podcast Protest