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September 3, 2020

Politics and Government
Two-Month Election Countdown Begins, U.S.-Taiwan Relationship Expands, and More

Americans enter the final two-month stretch of the presidential campaign, the United States moves to strengthen economic ties to Taiwan, and Japan begins its search for a new prime minister.

Podcast Election

September 1, 2020

Japan
Shinzo Abe’s Resignation, With Sheila A. Smith

Sheila A. Smith, senior fellow for Japan studies at CFR, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the consequences of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to step down. Smith most recently authored…

Podcast Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan.

August 13, 2020

Poland
Pompeo’s European Tour, Democrats’ Virtual National Convention, and More

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wraps up his trip to Central Europe with a visit to Poland, the Democratic National Convention is set to take place virtually, and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon…

Podcast Biden

June 23, 2020

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Israel’s Possible Annexation of the Jordan Valley, With Martin S. Indyk

Martin S. Indyk, distinguished fellow at CFR, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s possible move to annex parts of the West Bank.

Podcast Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures during an event marking Tu BiShvat, the Jewish Arbor Day, in the Israeli settlement of Mevo'ot Yericho, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

April 9, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
Coronavirus Tolls Fluctuate Globally, G20 Foreign and Energy Ministers Meet, and More

Countries across the globe continue to face the challenges presented by the novel coronavirus, Group of Twenty (G20) foreign and energy ministers meet virtually, and Israelis struggle to form a gover…

Podcast Sailors transport a patient across the bow to be admitted aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy, deployed as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals, in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

March 19, 2020

Diplomacy and International Institutions
G7 Foreign Ministers Convene Virtually, U.S. Imposes Sanctions, and More

Foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) member states convene virtually as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to reshape the world calendar, virus concerns drive a rift between the United States an…

Podcast A man wearing a protective face mask makes a selfie in front of the Eiffel tower in Paris as a lockdown imposed to slow the rate of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) contagion started at midday in Paris, France.

April 2, 2020

Democracy
Hungary’s Parliamentary Vote, Journalists’ Increasing Struggle, and More

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban exercises sweeping executive powers amid the coronavirus pandemic, global and local media outlets face pressure, and Israeli leaders move to form a national emer…

Podcast Demonstrators protesting against recent legislative measures introduced by the government of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban gather in Budapest's Heroes square on January 5, 2019 in Budapest, Hungary.

March 5, 2020

Elections and Voting
Israel’s Parliamentary Challenge, Coronavirus Funding, and More

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attempts to form a governing coalition, U.S. lawmakers seek billions of dollars in emergency coronavirus funding, and the world remembers Malaysia Airlines F…

Podcast An Israeli election monitor wearing protective gear counts a ballot for the Likud party, headed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as votes cast by Israelis in home-quarantine over coronavirus concerns following Israel's national election are tallied, in Shoham, Israel.

November 21, 2019

G20 (Group of Twenty)
G20 Foreign Ministers Convene, Hong Kong Protests Continue, and More

Group of Twenty foreign ministers convene in Nagoya, Japan, district council elections are held in Hong Kong amid rampant and ever-growing protests, and NATO leaders hold a meeting in London.

Podcast Hong Kong

October 22, 2019

United Kingdom
The Do-or-Die Brexit Deal, With Sebastian Mallaby

Sebastian Mallaby, senior fellow for international economics at CFR, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the details of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s deal for the United Kingdom to leave the …

Podcast Anti-Brexit demonstrators protest in London.