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November 6, 2022

Israel
Israel's Election: What to Think About Religious Zionists, Netanyahu, and Tales of Doomsday

Doomsday predictions about the consequences of Israel's election are overwrought. Some of the proposed legal reforms would bring Israel's system closer to the U.S. model.

October 12, 2022

Ukraine
Update on Ukraine, With Richard Haass: How Will It End?

How does a war end? In this special episode, Why It Matters speaks with CFR President Richard Haass on the conflict in Ukraine. We ask if and how this war can come to a close and discuss what comprom…

Podcast Tank behind woman on bike

September 23, 2022

United States
Why “Reforming” the United Nations Security Council is a Bad Idea

President Biden has embraced "reforms" of the United Nations Security Council that are impractical and would undermine U.S. interests.

September 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

August 29, 2022

Diamonstein-Spielvogel Project on the Future of Democracy
Saving Democracy in Tunisia

In Tunisia, President Kais Saied's consolidation of power and embrace of autocratic measures threaten the lone remaining success story of the Arab Spring. The Biden Administration should move from rh…

August 16, 2022

Ukraine
Amnesty International's Attack on Ukraine

Amnesty International's recent attack on Ukraine raises yet again the issue of how the size, governance, and influence of the largest human rights organizations may damage the cause of human rights.

July 15, 2022

Israel
The "Two-State Solution" as Panacea Never Fades Away

President Biden showed strong support for Israel during his recent visit, but never explained how the "two-state solution" would be possible without damaging Jordanian and Israeli security.

June 21, 2022

Israel
The Partisan Gap in Support for Israel Seems Permanent

Polls taken in 2021 and 2022 show a significant gap between Republicans and Democrats in their levels of support for Israel and for the Palestinians.

June 20, 2022

Human Rights
Human Rights NGOs: "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?"

International human rights NGOs are important champions of basic human rights, but must be subject to careful assessment themselves.

June 16, 2022

Human Rights
Human Rights NGOs: "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?"

International human rights NGOs are important champions of basic human rights for people across the globe. They have great influence in civil society and government.  But they are also complex organi…

Secretary General of Amnesty International Agnes Callamard speaks at a press conference detailing the NGO's 2022 report accusing Israel of "apartheid against Palestinians."