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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 4, 2021

U.S. Congress
Trump’s Trial Begins, Myanmar’s Military Coup, and More

Former President Donald J. Trump’s second impeachment trial begins in the Senate, Myanmar faces the fallout of a military coup, and the United States extends the New START nuclear treaty with Russia…

Podcast Supporters wave National League for Democracy (NLD) flags as a symbol of resistance and as part of the "Civil Disobedience Campaign" against the military coup. Myanmar's military detained State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi and declared a state of emergency while seizing the power in the country for a year after losing the election against the National League for Democracy (NLD).

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.

February 2, 2021

Russia
Russians Protest Navalny’s Arrest, With Maria Lipman

Maria Lipman, senior associate for the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia at George Washington University, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the protests that have…

Podcast A demonstrator stands in front of law enforcement officers during a rally in support of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Saint Petersburg, Russia on January 31, 2021. The writing on the jacket reads: 'Navalny'.

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.

January 7, 2021

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Pro-Trump Mob Breaches U.S. Capitol, Georgia’s New Senators, and More

Americans face the fallout—at home and abroad—from violent pro-Trump riots that shook the U.S. Capitol and Democrats narrowly gain control of the Senate after runoff elections in Georgia.

Podcast A stack of today's edition of The Washington Times is left outside of an office in the U.S. Capitol building on January 7, 2021 in Washington, DC. Following a rally yesterday with President Donald Trump on the National Mall, a pro-Trump mob stormed and broke into the U.S. Capitol building causing a Joint Session of Congress to delay the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's victory over President Trump.

January 11, 2021

Transition 2021
Transition 2021 Replay: Biden’s CIA Director Nominee on U.S. Diplomacy

President-Elect Joe Biden recently nominated Ambassador William J. Burns to serve as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In June of 2019, Ambassador Burns and James M. Lindsay discussed …

Podcast Then-U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns makes remarks at a session of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue at the State Department in Washington July 11, 2013.

January 6, 2021

China
China’s Starring Role in Hollywood

What does it take to make a Hollywood blockbuster? Movie stars? A great script? How about approval from the Chinese government? In this episode, two guests explore the surprising role of Chinese cens…

Podcast People in a theater wearing 3d glasses

December 22, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: How Will Biden Handle Latin America?

Paul J. Angelo, CFR fellow for Latin America Studies, and Shannon K. O'Neil, vice president, deputy director of studies, and Nelson and David Rockefeller senior fellow for Latin America Studies at CF…

Podcast U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (C) delivers a speech to the media beside Panama's President Ricardo Martinelli (R) and Panama Canal Authority CEO Jorge Quijano.

December 17, 2020

Transition 2021
The World Next Year: Transitioning Into 2021

Hosts James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon are joined by Shannon K. O’Neil to unpack the extraordinary year of 2020, and forecast international challenges and developments in 2021.

Podcast Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center internal medicine resident Luc Overholt sits in a waiting area before receiving a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the hospital on December 16, 2020 .