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September 14, 2021

Defense and Security
Rethinking U.S. Defense Strategy, With Elbridge A. Colby

Elbridge A. Colby, cofounder and principal of the Marathon Initiative, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss whether and how the United States should revise its defense strategy to face its curr…

Podcast The Pentagon logo and an American flag are lit up January 3, 2002 in the briefing room of Pentagon in Arlington, VA.

September 9, 2021

9/11
Twenty Years After 9/11, Asian Powers Discuss Afghanistan, and More

Americans mark twenty years since the September 11th terrorist attacks, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) convenes for a summit to discuss security in Afghanistan, and Norway holds general …

Podcast Policemen and firemen run away from the huge dust cloud caused as the World Trade Center's Tower One collapses after terrorists crashed two hijacked planes into the twin towers, September 11, 2001 in New York City.

August 19, 2021

Afghanistan
TWNW Special: The Taliban Returns

Afghans await what will follow the Taliban’s seizure of Kabul, foreign capitals grapple with the consequences of the collapse of Afghanistan’s U.S.-backed government, and recriminations fly in the Un…

Podcast Afghan people climb atop a plane as they wait at the Kabul airport in Kabul on August 16, 2021, after a stunningly swift end to Afghanistan's 20-year war, as thousands of people mobbed the city's airport trying to flee the group's feared hardline brand of Islamist rule.

August 5, 2021

U.S. Foreign Policy
TWNW Presents: Summer Reading Special Episode (Rebroadcast)

In this special episode of The World Next Week, CFR Adjunct Senior Fellow Carla Anne Robbins joins James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon to discuss the books they recommend reading, the books they’re l…

Podcast Students attend class at school in Sanaa September 19, 2012.

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

June 17, 2021

U.S. Foreign Policy
TWNW Presents: Summer Reading Special Episode

In this special episode of The World Next Week, CFR Adjunct Senior Fellow Carla Anne Robbins joins James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon to discuss the books they recommend reading, the books they’re l…

Podcast Shade Ajayi, 50, reads a book as she sits in the library at Ilorin Grammar School in Ilorin, Kwara state, March 24, 2021. Ajayi intends to continue her education for four more years, saying it will help her business. "People around me can read and write and they are succeeding in their businesses," she said.

February 16, 2021

China
Podcast: Claudia Trevisan on China's Influence in Latin America

From São Paulo to Quito, Chinese investment has exploded across Latin America over the last two decades. China now rivals the United States as a leading economic power in the region. Yet China’s econ…

Podcast Members of the Chinese People Liberation Army Navy stand at the China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy hospital ship Peace Ark, during its arrival ceremony at the port in Venezuela on September 22, 2018.

January 26, 2021

China
The U.S.-China Rivalry, With David Shambaugh

David Shambaugh, Gaston Sigur professor of Asian studies, political science, and international affairs and director of the China Policy Program at George Washington University, sits down with James M…

Podcast U.S. and Chinese flags are seen before Defense Secretary James Mattis welcomes Chinese Minister of National Defense Gen. Wei Fenghe to the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., November 9, 2018.

January 19, 2021

Russia
Russia

There is no country quite like Russia. Despite having a relatively small economy, it has been able to maintain global influence through a range of unconventional tactics. How has Vladimir Putin playe…

Podcast Photo of the Kremlin in Moscow in the evening.

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