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May 13, 2022

Religion
The Power of the Pope

For the past two thousand years, the pope has been a major player in global affairs. He is frequently called upon to act as a peace broker, a mediator, an advocate, and an influencer; and with over 1…

Podcast The pope looks out at a large crowd at Vatican City

May 3, 2022

China
The Ukraine War, China, and Taiwan            

What lessons will Xi Jinping learn from the war in Ukraine?

April 27, 2022

Russia
Update on Ukraine, With Richard Haass

In this special episode, Why It Matters follows up with CFR President Richard Haass to hear his insights on the war in Ukraine.

Podcast A view shows a theatre building destroyed in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine

April 23, 2022

Russia
The Heroism of Vladimir Kara-Murza

The Russian democracy activist Vladimir Kara-Murza has been imprisoned, and his heroism must be saluted.

April 19, 2022

United Nations
The Biden Administrations Flirts with Dangerous Moves to Weaken U.S. Veto Power in the United Nations

The U.N. General Assembly is debating a move to weaken veto power in the Security Council, and the Biden administration is supporting the draft. But weakening the veto is clearly against U.S. interes…

April 14, 2022

Elections and Voting
Religion and Voting Rights

Kelly Brown Douglas, dean of the Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary, and Jonah Dov Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, discussed the history of the…

Play Religion and Voting Rights

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 4, 2022

United States
The New Cold War

Putin's invasion of Ukraine and partnership with Xi have forced the United States into a new Cold War. Can the United States gain victory this time?

The New Cold War

January 12, 2022

Israel
Israel, Iran, and the Archbishop of Canterbury

In recent weeks the Iran nuclear talks restarted, and the Archbishop of Canterbury delivered himself of a statement criticizing Israel's treatment of Christians. Herewith, comments on both matters. …

December 16, 2021

Democracy
Can Democracy Survive?

In the face of democratic backsliding around the world, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Anne Applebaum and Richard Haass discuss what needs to happen for democracy to survive.

Podcast The U.S. capitol on January 6th