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September 8, 2022

Mexico
Secretary Blinken Visits Mexico, Sweden’s Election, Big Power Summitry in Uzbekistan, and More

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits Mexico with an economics-focused agenda; Swedes head to the polls for a general election that’s expected to be a close race between the ruling left-wing …

Podcast Participants listen to China's President Xi Jinping, who delivers a speech via a video link during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan September 17, 2021. REUTERS/Didor Sadulloev

August 9, 2022

China
America’s Great Power Opportunity, With Ali Wyne

James M. Lindsay sits down with Ali Wyne, senior analyst of Global Macro-Geopolitics at Eurasia Group, to discuss great power competition and the growing rivalry between the United States and China, …

Podcast Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China February 4, 2022.

May 13, 2022

Religion
The Power of the Pope

For the past two thousand years, the pope has been a major player in global affairs. He is frequently called upon to act as a peace broker, a mediator, an advocate, and an influencer; and with over 1…

Podcast The pope looks out at a large crowd at Vatican City

June 7, 2022

U.S. Foreign Policy
America’s Rise to Power, With Michael Mandelbaum

Michael Mandelbaum, Christian A. Herter professor emeritus of American foreign policy at Johns Hopkins University, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the continuities and changes in U.S. fore…

Podcast Veterans hold a US flag at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, on May 28, 2022, during Memorial Day celebrations

January 25, 2022

Competitiveness
A New Era of Great Power Competition, With Hal Brands

Hal Brands, Henry A. Kissinger distinguished professor of global affairs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss what lessons the Uni…

Podcast Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and US President Joe Biden meet for talks at the Villa La Grange.

September 27, 2022

Censorship and Freedom of Expression
Threats to Free Expression, With Suzanne Nossel

Suzanne Nossel, the Chief Executive Officer of PEN America, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss growing threats around the world to free expression and how the fight to protect human rights ne…

Podcast A Pakistani journalist holds a sign and a picture of AP photographer Niedringhaus, who was killed in Afghanistan, during a demonstration to condemn attacks against Journalists in Islamabad

December 14, 2016

Defense and Security
The Politics of Proliferation: A Conversation with Matthew Fuhrmann

I spoke with Matthew Fuhrmann, associate professor of political science at Texas A&M University, visiting associate professor at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperatio…

Podcast book cover

September 28, 2022

Saudi Arabia
The Saudi Exception

The U.S.-Saudi relationship is fraught with complications. Saudi Arabia has the largest oil reserves in the world, giving it influence over what Americans pay at the gas pump. At the same time, the k…

Podcast MBS and Biden

November 3, 2020

Asia
Shifting Power in Asia, With Hervé Lemahieu

Hervé Lemahieu, director of the Asian Power and Diplomacy Program at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss how political and economic influence is shifting among st…

Podcast The U.S. and Chinese flags at a press conference at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.

September 1, 2022

Ukraine
IAEA Visits Ukrainian Nuclear Plant, UK Selects New Prime Minister, Chileans Vote on Constitution, and More

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visits the recently shelled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Russia-occupied Ukraine; the United Kingdom’s Conservative Party chooses the country’s ne…

Podcast Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant Ukraine