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January 15, 2020

Technology and Innovation
Robots That Kill

Militaries around the world are designing artificial intelligence–powered weapons that could one day make their own decisions about who to target. The technology could change the scope of warfare, bu…

Podcast Killer Robots

January 7, 2020

Election 2020
The Killing of Qasem Soleimani

In this episode of our special Election 2020 series of The President’s Inbox, Steven A. Cook, Philip H. Gordon, and Ray Takeyh join host James M. Lindsay to discuss the killing of Qasem Soleimani and…

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

December 12, 2019

Afghanistan War
The Afghanistan Papers, Trade Talks, and More

U.S.-Taliban peace talks continue amid the release of “The Afghanistan Papers,” the trade feud between the United States and China goes on as the House of Representatives faces an important vote on t…

Podcast Afghanistan

November 6, 2019

China
China Doesn’t Want Your Trash

For years, China processed more than half of the world’s plastic recycling. Then, in 2018, it stopped. Things have gotten messy since then.

Podcast Plastic waste along a shoreline.

October 29, 2019

Climate Change
The Coming Climate Disruption, With Alice C. Hill

Alice C. Hill, senior fellow for climate change policy at CFR, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss climate change and its impacts on national security, global health, and beyond. Hill recently…

Podcast Cottages on Grand Lake in New Brunswick, Canada.

September 19, 2019

Climate Change
Climate Change Protests, Middle East Upheaval, and More

Climate change activists around the world are protesting during the Global Week of Action; tensions between Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United States continue to rise; and U.S. President Donald J. Tr…

Podcast Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg at a European Parliament plenary session.

September 18, 2019

Japan
A Changing United States and Japan

The United States has become more inward-focused and nationalistic, but as Toshihiro Nakayama argues, Japan does not have a back-up plan to its alliance with the United States.

Podcast U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 28, 2019.

September 16, 2019

United States
How to Read the United States

Toshihiro Nakayama evaluates today’s politics in the United States and argues that the fundamental shift that has taken place under President Donald Trump is not likely to end with his presidency.

Podcast U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren puts her arm around U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders after introducing him at a rally in Boston, Massachusetts, on March 31, 2017.

September 11, 2019

China
Nationalism and the Chinese State

Jessica Chen Weiss discusses the nature of activism in China and how the Chinese government is responding to these new challenges.

Podcast Anti-extradition bill protesters march to demand democracy and political reforms, in Hong Kong on August 18, 2019.