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October 29, 2020

Election 2020
TWNW Special: America’s Pivotal Election

The U.S. presidential election pitting incumbent Donald J. Trump against former Vice President Joe Biden is finally here. In this special episode of The World Next Week, James M. Lindsay and Robert M…

Podcast U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the third and final presidential debate with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

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.

October 28, 2020

Election 2020
Make America Vote Again

The United States trails far behind most advanced democracies when it comes to voter turnout, with just 55 percent of eligible voters participating in the 2016 election. What are other countries doin…

Podcast A man in a mask at a polling place

October 20, 2020

Wars and Conflict
War, Culture, and Society, With Margaret MacMillan

Margaret MacMillan, professor of history at the University of Toronto, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss how war has shaped culture and society throughout history. MacMillan’s new book, War:…

Podcast Vietnam

October 13, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
Preparing for the Next Pandemic, With Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of American University, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and how the world can prepare for future public health …

Podcast COVID

October 6, 2020

Energy and Environment
Energy, Geopolitics, and the Global Map, With Daniel Yergin

Daniel Yergin, a leading authority on energy, international politics, and economics, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the changing face of global power dynamics. Yergin’s most recent book, …

Podcast A pump jack operates in front of a drilling rig at sunset in an oil field in Midland, Texas U.S.

September 29, 2020

Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines
The Road to a COVID-19 Vaccine, With Luciana L. Borio

Luciana Borio, vice president of In-Q-Tel and senior fellow for global health at CFR, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the process of developing and distributing a coronavirus vaccine.

Podcast People work in the packaging facility of Chinese vaccine maker Sinovac Biotech, developing an experimental coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, during a government-organized media tour in Beijing, China.

September 24, 2020

Election 2020
TWNW Special: How Americans See the World

On this special episode of The World Next Week, James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon are joined by Ivo H. Daalder, president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and Dina Smeltz, senior fellow fo…

Podcast A demonstrator walks with a mock voting booth outside of the Capitol on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Local artists along with Declaration for American Democracy, Center for Popular Democracy Action and Public Citizen installed several life-sized, interactive mock voting booths around Washington to draw attention to the U.S. Senates failure to allocate funding for safe elections in its current coronavirus relief bill.

September 22, 2020

Grand Strategy
Grand Strategy and An Open World, With Rebecca Lissner

Rebecca Lissner, assistant professor in the Strategic and Operational Research Department at the U.S. Naval War College, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss how the United States might revamp …

Podcast A serviceman of the U.S. Air Force stands in front of a Bell V-22 Osprey tiltrotor during the joint military drills of the Special Operations Forces (SOF) of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the US Army Europe.

September 15, 2020

China
Pushing Back Against Beijing, 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 should respond to China’s growing strengt…

Podcast Fighters