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September 28, 2022

Saudi Arabia
The Saudi Exception

The U.S.-Saudi relationship is fraught with complications. Saudi Arabia has the largest oil reserves in the world, giving it influence over what Americans pay at the gas pump. At the same time, the k…

Podcast MBS and Biden

September 15, 2022

Climate Change
Trouble Brewing for Coffee

Beware, coffee lovers: climate change could disrupt your precious morning cup of joe. Coffee beans could lose half of their farmable land by 2050 as temperatures and weather patterns become more extr…

Podcast Cup of coffee

August 23, 2022

China
TPI Replay: China’s Domestic Challenges, With Ian Johnson

Ian Johnson, CFR’s Stephen A. Schwarzman senior fellow for China studies, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss economic, political, and demographic developments within China.

Podcast Student draw the Chinese national flag on a chalkboard during an activity to mark National Day September 30, 2007 in Nanjing of Jiangsu Province, China.

June 14, 2022

China
The China Challenge to Taiwan, With David Sacks

David Sacks, research fellow at CFR, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the Biden administration’s strategy toward Taiwan amid growing threats from China.

Podcast A U.S.-made Patriot missile is launched during the annual Han Kuang No. 22 Military Exercise in Ilan county, Taiwan

May 17, 2022

Asia
President Biden’s Japan and South Korea Trip, With Sheila A. Smith and Scott A. Snyder

Sheila A. Smith, CFR’s John E. Merow senior fellow for Asia-Pacific studies, and Scott A. Snyder, senior fellow for Korea studies and director of the program on U.S.-Korea policy at CFR, sit down wit…

Podcast U.S. President Joe Biden exits Air Force One before delivering remarks on infrastructure at the Portland Air National Guard Base on April 21, 2022 in Portland, Oregon.

May 25, 2022

Economics
Grading Biden’s Foreign Policy for the Middle Class, With Heidi Crebo-Rediker

Heidi Crebo-Rediker, adjunct senior fellow at CFR, sits down with James M. Lindsay to assess the Biden administration’s “worker-centric” foreign economic policies.

Podcast A worker makes final preparations after installing the motherboard on the reverse side of a 32-inch TV at Element Electronics in Winnsboro, South Carolina May 29, 2014.

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

May 10, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
The Middle East’s Reaction to the Invasion of Ukraine, With Steven A. Cook

Steven A. Cook, CFR’s Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies and director of the International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars, sits down w…

Podcast A girl holds a sign as she attends a rally in support of Ukraine, following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, at Safra Square in Jerusalem, February 28, 2022.

April 26, 2022

Wars and Conflict
Africa’s Reaction to the Russian Invasion of Ukraine, With Ebenezer Obadare

Ebenezer Obadare, Douglas Dillon senior fellow for Africa studies at CFR, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss how African countries are responding to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Podcast South African sand sculptor Sithembiso Buthelezi gives the final touches showing a message calling for peace between Ukraine and Russia on the North beach in Durban, on February 27, 2022.

April 19, 2022

Democracy
The Future of Diverse Democracies, With Yascha Mounk

Yascha Mounk, senior fellow at CFR and professor of the practice of international affairs at Johns Hopkins University, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the challenges that ethnically, racia…

Podcast Commuters pass through Grand Central Terminal during morning rush hour December 19, 2005 in New York City. Transit workers continue to negotiate a contract with the Metropolitan Transit Authority while saying a system-wide strike will occur if an agreement is not reached by 12:01 a.m. tonight.