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August 18, 2022

South Korea
U.S.-South Korea Military Drills, Iran Nuclear Deal Diplomacy, Ukraine’s Independence Day, and More

The United States and South Korea hold joint military drills amid mounting tough rhetoric from North Korea; nuclear deal negotiations continue as Iran responds to the European Union’s most recent dra…

Podcast South Korean army K1A1 tanks fire live rounds during a U.S.-South Korea joint live-fire military exercise at a training field near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Pocheon, South Korea, August 28, 2015. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called this week's accord between the rival Koreas "a landmark occasion" paving the way for defused military tension and improved ties, but said it was the strength of its armed forces that made the deal possible. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

February 10, 2022

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Iran Nuclear Talks Resume, Germany’s Ukraine Diplomacy, and More

Iran nuclear talks resume in Vienna, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz visits Kyiv and Moscow, and some countries start to loosen COVID-19 restrictions.

Podcast New German Chancellor Olaf Scholz reacts as he speaks during a joint press conference with European Council President, following their meeting, at the EU headquarters, in Brussels, on December 10, 2021.

October 21, 2021

U.S. Foreign Policy
Secretary Colin Powell’s Funeral, Bennett and Putin Meet, and More

Americans remember former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Israeli and Russian leaders hold a summit in Sochi, and China undergoes a World Trade Organization policy review.

Podcast Secretary of State Colin Powell stands with President George W. Bush.

July 29, 2021

Elections and Voting
Iran’s New President Takes Office, U.S. Debt Ceiling Drama, and More

Iran’s next president, Ebrahim Raisi, takes office; the suspension of the United States’ debt ceiling ends; and the summer wildfire season sets new records.

Podcast Iranian President-Elect Ebrahim Raisi holds a press conference at Shahid Beheshti conference hall on June 21, 2021 in Tehran, Iran.

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.

April 8, 2021

Diplomacy and International Institutions
U.S. Defense Chief Visits Israel, Iran Deal Talks Continue in Vienna, and More

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is slated to travel to Israel; talks on reviving the Iran nuclear deal continue in Vienna, Austria; and Peru holds a general election.

Podcast A protester with the Lion and Sun flag of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, an Iranian opposition group, takes a selfie in front of the Grand Hotel in Vienna on April 6, 2021, where diplomats of the EU, China, Russia and Iran hold talks.

April 7, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
The Coronavirus in the Middle East, 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 Girls wearing face masks and one of them holds a candle as they wait for the blessing of a priest roaming neighbourhoods to celebrate Palm Sunday, amid the lockdown to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Marjayoun, southern Lebanon.

March 19, 2020

Diplomacy and International Institutions
G7 Foreign Ministers Convene Virtually, U.S. Imposes Sanctions, and More

Foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) member states convene virtually as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to reshape the world calendar, virus concerns drive a rift between the United States an…

Podcast A man wearing a protective face mask makes a selfie in front of the Eiffel tower in Paris as a lockdown imposed to slow the rate of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) contagion started at midday in Paris, France.

February 20, 2020

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
U.S.-Taliban Peace Talks, Trump’s India Trip, and More

The United States and the Taliban move closer to an agreement, U.S. President Donald J. Trump makes a state visit to India, and Iran holds parliamentary elections.

Podcast A man applies finishing touches to paintings of U.S. President Donald Trump and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a wall as part of a beautification along a route that Trump and Modi will be taking during Trump's upcoming visit, in Ahmedabad, India, February 17, 2020.

January 9, 2020

Iran
Soleimani’s Killing, U.S.-China ‘Phase One’ Trade Deal, and More

Tensions between the United States and Iran escalate after the killing of Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani, Washington and Beijing finalize their “Phase One” trade deal, and Taiwan holds a pivot…

Podcast Soleimani