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April 1, 2021

U.S. Foreign Policy
Japan, South Korea, and the U.S. Talk North Korea, the IMF and World Bank Hold Spring Meetings, and More

Top security officials from Japan and South Korea meet with the new U.S. national security advisor, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank host their annual Spring Meetings virtually, a…

Podcast National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan listens during a virtual meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on March 1, 2021 in Washington, DC.

March 18, 2021

Oceans and Seas
Gone Fishing

Industrial overfishing and other man-made factors have pushed one-third of the world’s fish stocks to be threatened with extinction, and many other species are not far behind. The problem represents …

Podcast A large trawl with fish was dragged onto the deck of the ship

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

October 8, 2020

Taiwan
Taiwan’s National Day, Seventy-Five Years of North Korea’s Workers’ Party, and More

Taiwan celebrates National Day, North Korea marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party with a military parade, and the United Kingdom and European Union face another cr…

Podcast North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves to people attending a military parade marking the 105th birth anniversary of country's founding father Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, A

July 15, 2020

Olympics
Hey, Remember the Olympics?

Hosting the Olympics is a monumental undertaking that often leaves behind rusted stadiums and financial losses. So why do nations compete to do it? This episode examines the political history of the …

Podcast People pose for pictures in front of the Olympic rings in the Olympic Park in London, United Kingdom.

July 9, 2020

Genocide and Mass Atrocities
Srebrenica Massacre Anniversary, North American Pipelines Halted, and More

The world marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre; the Atlantic Coast, Dakota Access, and Keystone XL pipelines suffer setbacks; and COVID-19 triggers historic levels of food in…

Podcast A protester cries while watching a demonstration on Turtle Island on Thanksgiving day during a protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

June 25, 2020

Elections and Voting
Poland’s Rescheduled Election, One Year Since the Trump-Kim DMZ Meeting, and More

Poland holds its rescheduled presidential election, the world marks one year since U.S. President Donald J. Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un met at the Korean Demilitarized Zone, and the seventy-f…

Podcast A handout photo provided by Dong-A Ilbo of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump inside the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the South and North Korea.

April 7, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
The Coronavirus in the Middle East, With Steven A. Cook

Steven A. Cook, CFR’s Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies and director of the International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars, sits down w…

Podcast Girls wearing face masks and one of them holds a candle as they wait for the blessing of a priest roaming neighbourhoods to celebrate Palm Sunday, amid the lockdown to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Marjayoun, southern Lebanon.

February 26, 2020

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
The One Where We Talk About NATO at a Party

You’re making the rounds at a party when someone asks you about NATO. Is it still important? The alliance is credited with preventing a third world war, but a lot of us don’t know what it is or how i…

Podcast NATO leaders meet at summit in Britain around a table.

November 14, 2019

Russia
Sergei Magnitsky Is Remembered, SecDef Esper Travels to South Korea, and More

Russia’s Sergei Magnitsky is remembered ten years after his death, U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper travels to Southeast Asia, and the fifth Democratic presidential debate is held in Atlanta.

Podcast Russia