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April 17, 2024

RealEcon
Onshoring Semiconductor Production: National Security Versus Economic Efficiency

Policymakers are increasingly concerned by the U.S.’s dependence on Taiwanese semiconductors. Is onshoring their production to the U.S.—a goal of the CHIPS and Science Act—a practical path forward? 

A wafer can be seen as taiwanese chip giant TSMC holds a ceremony to start mass production of its most advanced 3-nanometer chips in the southern city of Tainan, Taiwan December 29, 2022.

April 9, 2024

Defense and Security
Series on Emerging Technology, U.S. Foreign Policy, and World Order: Frontline Innovations—Defense Solutions for National Security Challenges

Panelists discuss new and emerging commercial defense technology, current opportunities and challenges in defense innovation, and the future landscape of national security. For those attending vir…

Play Two F-22 Raptor fighter jets of the 95th Fighter Squadron and an A-10 Thunderbolt (R) from Whiteman air force base, Missouri, approach the refueling nozzle of a KC-135 Stratotanker

February 26, 2024

United Nations
The UN Security Council

The UN Security Council is the premier global body for maintaining international peace and security, but it faces steady calls for reform to better meet twenty-first-century challenges.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addresses the Security Council via video amid Russia’s war.

April 1, 2024

United States
In the Age of AI, Personal Data Security Is National Security

The United States’ commodified data market is creating increasing national security threats that federal authorities are currently incapable of meeting; the problem will only increase as AI advances…

WUHU, CHINA - AUGUST 11: Chery Automobile Co. vehicles wait for shipment at a port on August 11, 2023 in Wuhu, Anhui Province of China.

March 14, 2024

Election 2024
A Conversation With Former National Security Advisors

Four former National Security Advisors discuss the foreign policy challenges facing the United States and how these vital issues should be addressed in the upcoming presidential election.

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April 3, 2024

United States
What Does the U.S. National Guard Do?

The National Guard is a special part of the U.S. military that answers to both state governors and the president. While it began as a “strategic reserve,” the guard has come to play an important role…

A member of the National Guard patrols the southern U.S. border in Eagle Pass, Texas.

March 27, 2024

Space
UFOs: Close Encounters of the National Security Kind

On this episode of Why It Matters, experts discuss the national security concerns around UFOs and the real search for extraterrestrial life.

Podcast Sign for UFO "self parking" against a blue sky.

April 10, 2024

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
Academic Webinar: Global Health Security and Diplomacy

Yanzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health at CFR, and Rebecca Katz, professor and director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University, lead the conversation o…

Play A group of pedestrians walking on a busy sidewalk wearing facemasks.

March 27, 2024

Defense Technology
Malcolm and Carolyn Wiener Annual Lecture on Science and Technology With Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Frank Whitworth

Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Vice Admiral Frank “Trey” Whitworth, discusses the future of the NGA and how the agency is addressing new threats, strategic defense com…

Play An F/A-18F Super Hornet jet flies over the USS Gerald R. Ford as the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier tests its new launch and flight arrest systems.

February 29, 2024

United Nations
Funding the United Nations: How Much Does the U.S. Pay?

Many UN agencies, programs, and missions receive crucial funding from the United States. The Trump administration sharply reduced funding to some UN agencies, but President Biden has largely reversed…

A child peeks out from a blue and white tent managed by the UN refugee agency.