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August 15, 2019

U.S. Foreign Policy
TWNW Presents: Back-to-School Reading Special

In this special episode of The World Next Week, James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon are joined by CFR senior fellow Carla Anne Robbins to discuss their most recently beloved books, the books they’re …

Podcast Afghan boys reading inside a mobile library bus in Kabul, Afghanistan.

November 19, 2019

Election 2020
Should the United States Rethink Its Russia Policy?

In this episode of our special Election 2020 series of The President’s Inbox, Rajan Menon and Ambassador Stephen Sestanovich join host James M. Lindsay to discuss past and current U.S. policy toward …

Podcast Russia

October 23, 2019

United States
The Big Red Button

A U.S. president can launch a first-strike nuclear attack at any time and, according to the law, does not need to seek advice first. Some experts think that’s too much power to put in one person’s ha…

Podcast The Big Red Button

October 15, 2019

Syria
The Turkish Invasion of Northern Syria, With Henri J. Barkey and Steven A. Cook

Henri J. Barkey and Steven A. Cook sit down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the U.S. military withdrawal from northern Syria, the Turkish incursion, and the response from others in the region. Barke…

Podcast Members of the Syrian National Army on top of an armored vehicle in Ceylanpinar, Turkey.

October 8, 2019

Ukraine
The History of U.S.-Ukraine Relations, With Stephen Sestanovich

Ambassador Stephen Sestanovich, CFR’s George F. Kennan senior fellow for Russian and Eurasian studies, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss U.S.-Ukraine ties since the fall of the Soviet Union…

Podcast People hold flares during a protest at Independence Square in Kyiv.

October 1, 2019

United States
The U.S.-Australia Relationship, With Charles Edel and John Lee

Charles Edel and John Lee, senior fellows at the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre, sit down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the state of the U.S.-Australia alliance. Edel and Lee …

Podcast U.S. President Donald J. Trump and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Wapakoneta, Ohio.

September 10, 2019

United States
U.S. Human Rights Policy, With Sarah B. Snyder

Sarah B. Snyder, associate professor at American University’s School of International Service, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss U.S. human rights policy and her most recent book, From Selma…

Podcast Original "foot soldiers" at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.

September 24, 2019

Technology and Innovation
Innovation and National Security, With Admiral William H. McRaven

Admiral William H. McRaven, professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, discusses the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report, Innovation and National Security: Keeping Our Edge,…

Podcast An employee works at a production plant of Brazil's Ceitec company in Porto Alegre.

July 3, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
George C. Marshall's Legacy With Daniel Kurtz-Phelan

Daniel Kurtz-Phelan, executive editor of Foreign Affairs and author of The China Mission: George Marshall's Unfinished War, 1945–1947, joins James M. Lindsay to discuss the lasting legacy of former U…

Podcast General George C. Marshall meets with Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek and his wife Soong in Nanking, China in 1943.

April 23, 2019

Peacekeeping
Navigating Post–Cold War Peace, With Michael Mandelbaum

Michael Mandelbaum, Christian A. Herter professor emeritus of American foreign policy at Johns Hopkins University, sits down with Jim Lindsay to discuss the era of peace that directly followed the Co…

Podcast An Iranian woman supporting former prime Minister Mirhossein Mousavi.