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October 14, 2021

Mexico
Mexico

Experts argue that Mexico affects daily life in the United States more than any other country. For years, U.S. and Mexican officials have attempted to tackle immigration, trade, and security challeng…

Podcast Man works in manufacturing plant in Mexico

September 30, 2021

Military Operations
Sexual Assault in the U.S. Military

Female service members are more likely to be sexually assaulted by a fellow member of the military than shot by an enemy combatant at war. As the reports increase, the controversial military justice …

Podcast U.S. female soldiers stand in formation

September 1, 2021

Intelligence
Spying 101

The glamour and thrill of espionage, brought to life on screen by characters such as James Bond, have long captivated imaginations. But this profession is deeply misunderstood, and it is always chang…

Podcast Eye of a person seen through darkness and shadows

August 31, 2021

Climate Change
Adapting to Climate Change, With Alice C. Hill

Alice C. Hill, David M. Rubenstein senior fellow for energy and the environment at CFR, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the steps policymakers, business leaders, and others need to take to…

Podcast Fire retardant from a Coulson 737 firefighting tanker jet falls on a forest to slow the Bobcat Fire at the top of a major run up a mountainside in the Angeles National Forest on September 10, 2020 north of Monrovia, California.

August 12, 2021

Climate Change
Climate Report Causes Concern, Taliban Attacks Escalate, and More

The world reacts to a grim report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Taliban forces advance across Afghanistan as the United States completes its withdrawal, and Ethiopia’s civil …

Podcast A firefighter tries to extinguish a wildfire burning in the village of Pefki, on the island of Evia, Greece, August 8, 2021.

July 22, 2021

Japan
Japan’s Population Problem

The United States’ alliance with Japan is the centerpiece of U.S. security in Asia, but new demographic challenges from within Japan raise concerns about the future of the region.

Podcast Elder Japanese women on Japan's 'Respect for the Aged Day' at Tokyo's Sugamo district

July 8, 2021

Food and Water Security
Water Scarcity

Fresh water is more than just a resource, it is the source of all life. But in many arid regions of the world, water supplies are under pressure from climate change, and outdated rules and infrastruc…

Podcast A drop of water drips from a pipe in a field

June 16, 2021

Global
Season Four Trailer

Will the world have enough water to survive in the era of climate change? Could a shortage of silicon chips eventually lead to war? Do human spies matter in the era of cyber espionage? Why It Matters…

Podcast Why It Matters logo and a picture of host, Gabrielle Sierra, on a red background

March 18, 2021

Oceans and Seas
Gone Fishing

Industrial overfishing and other man-made factors have pushed one-third of the world’s fish stocks to be threatened with extinction, and many other species are not far behind. The problem represents …

Podcast A large trawl with fish was dragged onto the deck of the ship

February 3, 2021

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
‘The Most Persistent and Lethal Threat’

For years, security experts have warned that white nationalist and white supremacist extremism represent the most significant domestic terrorism threat to the United States. Now, in the wake of the a…

Podcast Neo Nazis, Alt-Right, and White Supremacists take part a the night before the 'Unite the Right' rally in Charlottesville, VA, white supremacists march with tiki torchs through the University of Virginia campus.