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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.

December 11, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Future Is African

Projections show that by 2050, Africa’s population will double. By 2100, one in three people on Earth will be African. This means that, by the end of the century, sub-Saharan Africa—which already has…

Podcast Sudanese children walk on a street on July 6, 2016 in eastern Khartoum

September 17, 2020

Greece
EU Leaders Talk Greece-Turkey Tensions, Italy’s Referendum and Elections, and More

European leaders hold a summit on tensions between Greece and Turkey in the Mediterranean, Italians prepare to head to the polls for a national referendum and regional elections, and the sports world…

Podcast Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis gestures during a news conference with European Council President Charles Michel.

June 17, 2020

Demonstrations and Protests
The World Is Watching Us

The killing of George Floyd, the anti-racism protest movement that followed, and the Donald J. Trump administration’s response have shaken the United States and captivated the world. Why It Matters s…

Podcast Demonstrators protest killing of George Floyd Madrid Spain

June 3, 2020

Human Trafficking
The Human Cost of Labor Trafficking

It is estimated that twenty to forty million people around the world are victims of human trafficking. Of these, the majority are trafficked for labor, and many of them are exploited in the United St…

Podcast A woman washes dishes in a kitchen

May 20, 2020

China
Exporting Authoritarianism

China is undertaking massive infrastructure projects across the world and loaning billions of dollars to developing nations. On paper, the objective is to build a vast trade network, but is China als…

Podcast Chinese president Xi Jinping greets crowd alongside Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete

October 1, 2019

United States
The U.S.-Australia Relationship, With Charles Edel and John Lee

Charles Edel and John Lee, senior fellows at the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre, sit down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the state of the U.S.-Australia alliance. Edel and Lee …

Podcast U.S. President Donald J. Trump and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Wapakoneta, Ohio.

March 12, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
WHO Declares Coronavirus Pandemic, Global Markets Falter, and More

The World Health Organization declares the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, countries brace for a severe economic downturn, and the Afghan peace process confronts major obstacles.

Podcast Medical staff in protective gear work at a 'drive-thru' testing center for the novel coronavirus disease of COVID-19 in Yeungnam University Medical Center in Daegu, South Korea.

February 26, 2020

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
The One Where We Talk About NATO at a Party

You’re making the rounds at a party when someone asks you about NATO. Is it still important? The alliance is credited with preventing a third world war, but a lot of us don’t know what it is or how i…

Podcast NATO leaders meet at summit in Britain around a table.

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