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June 23, 2021

Technology and Innovation
When the Microchips Are Down

Silicon chips are in almost all electronics, and access to them can make or break a country’s economic future. Their production relies on complex supply chains, and during the pandemic, the world lea…

Podcast A worker in the photolithography section on a semiconductor plant of the Mikron Group in Zelenograd, Moscow

June 22, 2021

Economics
Foreign Policy for the Middle Class, With Rozlyn Engel

Rozlyn Engel, distinguished professor of the practice in economics at the U.S. Naval Academy, nonresident scholar in the Geo-Economics and Strategy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International…

Podcast The wife of a striking General Motors assembly line worker worries about the families economic future ion July 8, 1998 in Flint, Michigan.

June 15, 2021

Iran
Iran’s Presidential Election, With Suzanne Maloney

Suzanne Maloney, vice president and director of the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss what’s at stake when Iranians head to the polls lat…

Podcast Posters of Presidential candidate Saeed Jalili are seen in a street in Tehran, Iran June 15, 2021.

June 17, 2021

U.S. Foreign Policy
TWNW Presents: Summer Reading Special Episode

In this special episode of The World Next Week, CFR Adjunct Senior Fellow Carla Anne Robbins joins James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon to discuss the books they recommend reading, the books they’re l…

Podcast Shade Ajayi, 50, reads a book as she sits in the library at Ilorin Grammar School in Ilorin, Kwara state, March 24, 2021. Ajayi intends to continue her education for four more years, saying it will help her business. "People around me can read and write and they are succeeding in their businesses," she said.

June 1, 2021

Belarus
The Diversion of Ryanair Flight 4978, 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 Belarus’s decision to force a commercial airliner to …

Podcast Ukrainian activists hold up posters depicting Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko at a rally in Kyiv supporting the detained Belarusian journalist and blogger Roman Protasevich, May 28, 2021.

June 10, 2021

Diplomacy and International Institutions
G7 Summit, NATO Summit, and More Summits

World leaders meet for summits of the Group of Seven (G7) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). U.S. President Joe Biden convenes with European Union leaders, and sits down separately wi…

Podcast Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.S. President Joe Biden speak during their meeting, ahead of the G7 summit, at Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain June 10, 2021.

June 8, 2021

Coronavirus
The Lab-Leak Theory of COVID-19’s Origins, With Nicholas Wade

Nicholas Wade, former editorial writer, science reporter, and science editor for The New York Times, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the theory that COVID-19 originated in an accident at t…

Podcast FILE PHOTO: Security personnel keep watch outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology during the visit by the World Health Organization (WHO) team tasked with investigating the origins of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, February 3, 2021.

May 25, 2021

Taiwan
U.S. Policy on Taiwan, With Robert D. Blackwill

Ambassador Robert D. Blackwill, CFR’s Henry A. Kissinger senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy and a member of Harvard Kennedy School’s Applied History Project, sits down with James M. Lindsay to dis…

Podcast Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (2nd R) gestures to a US official (L) as US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar (R) and director of the American of Institute in Taiwan, Brent Christensen (2nd L), look on during their visit to the Presidential Office in Taipei on August 10, 2020.

May 18, 2021

Cybersecurity
The Colonial Pipeline Hack, With Robert K. Knake

Rob Knake, CFR’s Whitney Shepardson senior fellow, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the consequences and lessons of the recent ransomware attack on the owner of the largest fuel pipeline sy…

Podcast A plastic bag covering a fuel pump to signal no gas is available is seen at a Circle K gas station after a cyberattack crippled the biggest fuel pipeline in the country, run by Colonial Pipeline, in Lakeland, Florida, U.S. May 14, 2021.

May 11, 2021

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Turmoil in Jerusalem, 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 Palestinians run away as Israeli police fire a stun grenade during clashes at the compound that houses Al-Aqsa Mosque, known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City, May 10, 2021.