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February 25, 2021

Diplomacy and International Institutions
U.S. Assumes UNSC Presidency, Intelligence Report Investigates Khashoggi Killing, and More

The United States assumes the presidency of the UN Security Council, with Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield newly confirmed as the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations; the U.S. intel…

Podcast A person holds a banner of Jamal Khashoggi during a symbolic funeral prayer for the Saudi journalist, killed and dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October, at the courtyard of Fatih mosque in Istanbul, on November 16, 2018.

February 18, 2021

Currency Reserves
The Dollar Privilege

The dollar is the world’s primary reserve currency, accounting for $6.7 trillion in foreign reserves. This has given the United States what some have called “an exorbitant privilege,” allowing it to …

Podcast A one dollar bill

February 3, 2021

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
'The Most Persistent and Lethal Threat'

For years, security experts have warned that white nationalist and white supremacist extremism represent the most significant domestic terrorism threat to the United States. Now, in the wake of the a…

Podcast Neo Nazis, Alt-Right, and White Supremacists take part a the night before the 'Unite the Right' rally in Charlottesville, VA, white supremacists march with tiki torchs through the University of Virginia campus.

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

December 3, 2020

Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines
FDA Considers COVID-19 Vaccine Authorization, Venezuelans Vote, and More

U.S. health officials discuss emergency authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine; Venezuelans vote for a new National Assembly, currently the country’s last opposition-controlled body; and the “safe harbo…

Podcast This photo taken on November 23, 2020 shows technicians processing Covid-19 coronavirus tests at a laboratory in Tianjin, China.

November 24, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: How Will Biden Handle China?

Elizabeth C. Economy, senior fellow for China studies at CFR and senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, and Adam Segal, CFR’s Ira A. Lipman chair in emerging technologies and nati…

Podcast Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shake hands with U.S Vice President Joe Biden (L) inside the Great Hall of the People on December 4, 2013 in Beijing, China.

November 24, 2020

Brazil
A Climate Bomb in the Amazon

The Brazilian Amazon is burning, threatening the world’s largest repository of biodiversity. If the fires are not controlled soon, they could release a “climate bomb” of stored carbon that would acce…

Podcast The outline of a man standing in front of a forest fire

November 12, 2020

Transition 2021
U.S. Presidential Transition, Nagorno-Karabakh Peace Deal, and More

U.S. President-Elect Joe Biden begins a turbulent ten-week transition, Armenians and Azeris react to a Russia-brokered peace agreement, and the thirty-seventh summit of the Association of Southeast A…

Podcast A man looks out of his window as a rally against the Nagorno-Karabakh peace deal takes place outside the Armenian National Assembly building.

November 11, 2020

Health
Let’s Talk About Toilets

Fifty-five percent of the global population lacks access to safe sanitation, a deadly global health disparity that rarely finds its way into the spotlight. In this episode, we examine the scope of th…

Podcast A white toilet with a black background

October 28, 2020

Election 2020
Make America Vote Again

The United States trails far behind most advanced democracies when it comes to voter turnout, with just 55 percent of eligible voters participating in the 2016 election. What are other countries doin…

Podcast A man in a mask at a polling place