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May 3, 2022

U.S. Foreign Policy
U.S. Policy Toward Russia, With Derek H. Chollet

Derek H. Chollet, Counselor of the U.S. Department of State, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the Biden administration’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Podcast US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) greets Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before their meeting, in Geneva, on January 21, 2022.

April 27, 2022

Russia
Update on Ukraine, With Richard Haass

In this special episode, Why It Matters follows up with CFR President Richard Haass to hear his insights on the war in Ukraine.

Podcast A view shows a theatre building destroyed in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine

April 14, 2022

Financial Markets
What in the World Is a Global Minimum Tax?

For years, large corporations have exploited international tax laws to pay less taxes. But last year, 137 countries backed a potential solution: a 15 percent corporate tax applied regardless of a com…

Podcast Money

April 12, 2022

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
The Future of NATO, With Ivo H. Daalder

Ivo H. Daalder, president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss what the Russian invasion of Ukraine means for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (N…

Podcast A man holds a NATO flag near the Royal Castle ahead of a speech by US president Joe Biden on March 26, 2022 in Warsaw, Poland.

March 2, 2022

Ukraine
Perspective on Ukraine, With Richard Haass

In this special episode, Why It Matters sits down with CFR President Richard Haass to ask the basic questions about the war in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s frame of mind, and his threa…

Podcast Russian service members walk past BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles during tactical combat exercises

February 16, 2022

Climate Change
Batteries Not Included

The world is moving toward electric vehicles and clean energy, but a green future doesn’t depend on wind turbines, solar panels, and Teslas alone. It will also require a vast supply of advanced batte…

Podcast Lithium Brine

January 26, 2022

Global
Season Five Trailer

Why It Matters is back for a fifth season, asking the important questions about the global issues, problems, and trends that will affect the future. What role does American music play in internationa…

Podcast Why It Matters Season 5 Logo

December 28, 2021

China
TPI Replay: Beijing’s Grand Strategy, With Matt Pottinger

Host James M. Lindsay sits down with senior advisor at the Marathon Initiative and chairman of the China Program at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Matt Pottinger, to discuss China’s ambit…

Podcast People walk by on Tiananmen square in Beijing on September 28, 2017.

December 16, 2021

Aging, Youth Bulges, and Population
Is Population Change a Problem?

Birth rates are booming in some countries and plummeting in others. Leading demographer Nicholas Eberstadt and Richard Haass analyze the most important trends and their consequences.

Podcast Predictive model of population growth

December 16, 2021

U.S. Foreign Policy
The World Next Year: What to Watch in 2022

In this special year-end episode of The World Next Week, James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon are joined by Shannon K. O’Neil, CFR vice president, deputy director of studies, and Nelson and David Rock…

Podcast People queue for the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine during the first mega Covid-19 vaccination at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre in Kuala Lumpur on May 31, 2021.