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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.

August 27, 2020

Climate Change
Hurricane Laura Makes Landfall, WTO Director-General Resigns, and More

Louisianans and Texans cope with Hurricane Laura as they mark fifteen years since Hurricane Katrina, the World Trade Organization’s director-general, Roberto Azevedo, departs amid uncertainty over th…

Podcast Flooding caused by Hurricane Laura on August 27, 2020 in Sabine Pass, Texas. Hurricane Laura came ashore bringing rain and high winds to the eastern part of the state.

September 10, 2020

United Nations General Assembly
A Virtual UNGA, Lukashenko and Putin Meet, and More

The seventy-fifth UN General Assembly kicks off virtually, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, and the European Union and China h…

Podcast Protesters oppose the integration of Belarus and Russia and consider that sign a new agreement of deepening integration can lead to Belarus losing its independence. Presidents of Russia and Belarus, Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko meet and talk about road maps for the integration of the two countries taking place in Russia.

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

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.

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

January 15, 2020

Technology and Innovation
Robots That Kill

Militaries around the world are designing artificial intelligence–powered weapons that could one day make their own decisions about who to target. The technology could change the scope of warfare, bu…

Podcast Unmanned military drone flying in the sky.

December 19, 2019

U.S. Foreign Policy
The World Next Year: Looking Ahead to 2020

Hosts James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon are joined by Paul B. Stares to forecast the coming year’s international challenges and developments.

Podcast Protest