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December 16, 2021

Political History and Theory
How Can We Use (but Not Abuse) History?

Richard Haass and Margaret MacMillan, one of the world’s foremost historians, discuss how best to apply history to better understand current global challenges, including the erosion of democracy, the…

Podcast World Globe

January 4, 2022

Democracy
TPI Replay: Democratic Crises in U.S. History, With Suzanne Mettler

In this special series of The President’s Inbox on the future of democracy, James M. Lindsay speaks with experts to discuss whether and where democratic governance is faltering around the world. This…

Podcast The U.S. Capitol is seen behind fencing that was erected in the wake of the January 6 insurrection, which is expected to be taken down as early as tomorrow in Washington, U.S., July 8, 2021.

June 21, 2022

China
Miscalculating on China, With Aaron L. Friedberg

Aaron L. Friedberg, professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss how the United States got China wrong and what the Biden admini…

Podcast hinese President Xi Jinping, bottom left, is applauded by members of the government as he arrives at the opening session of the National Peoples Congress at the Great Hall of the People on March 5, 2022 in Beijing, China. China's annual political gathering known as the Two Sessions opened Friday and will convene leaders and lawmakers to set the government's agenda for domestic economic and social development for the year.

December 9, 2021

U.S. Foreign Policy
U.S. Plans Beijing Olympics Diplomatic Boycott, Trump’s History Tour, and More

The United States announces a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, former President Donald Trump kicks off his History Tour, and Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his an…

Podcast People wear protective masks as they walk in front the logos of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics at National Aquatics Centre on April 9, 2021 in Beijing, China.

June 8, 2021

COVID-19
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.

November 23, 2021

Europe
The State of Transatlantic Relations, With Sophia Besch

Sophia Besch, senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the current state of transatlantic relations and whether Europeans think America is …

Podcast Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi welcomes the U.S. President Joe Biden during the welcome ceremony on the first day of the Rome G20 summit, on October 30, 2021 in Rome, Italy.

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 27, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
The History of U.S. Isolationism, With Charles A. Kupchan

Charles A. Kupchan, CFR senior fellow and professor of international affairs at Georgetown University, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the long history of American efforts to avoid foreign…

Podcast Seagulls fly around the Statue of Liberty at sunrise in New York City.

July 1, 2020

Political History and Theory
Living in History

Whether you think we are making history or repeating it, it’s safe to say we are living in a historic time. In this episode, Why It Matters asks three historians to weigh in on how to use the past to…

Podcast Hong Kong protester reads book while sitting

February 9, 2021

India
The Future of U.S.-India Relations, With Tanvi Madan

Tanvi Madan, senior fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy in the Foreign Policy program and director of the India Project at the Brookings Institution, sits down with James M. Lin…

Podcast Students of Sarvodaya Co-Educational Senior Secondary School waving flags during a visit by First Lady of the United States Melania Trump to a Delhi Government School, at Moti Bagh on February 25, 2020 in New Delhi, India.