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July 8, 2021

Food and Water Security
Water Scarcity

Fresh water is more than just a resource, it is the source of all life. But in many arid regions of the world, water supplies are under pressure from climate change, and outdated rules and infrastruc…

Podcast A drop of water drips from a pipe in a field

June 16, 2021

Global
Season Four Trailer

Will the world have enough water to survive in the era of climate change? Could a shortage of silicon chips eventually lead to war? Do human spies matter in the era of cyber espionage? Why It Matters…

Podcast Why It Matters logo and a picture of host, Gabrielle Sierra, on a red background

April 15, 2021

Afghanistan War
U.S. Drawdown in Afghanistan, Biden’s Earth Day Summit, and More

The United States sets in motion a complete military withdrawal from Afghanistan, dozens of world leaders are invited to a U.S.-led climate summit, and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga meets wi…

Podcast U.S. soldiers from D Troop of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment walk on a hill after finishing with a training exercise near forward operating base Gamberi in the Laghman province of Afghanistan December 30, 2014.

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

February 18, 2021

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
U.S. Nears Half Million COVID-19 Deaths, Biden Rejoins Paris Agreement, and More

The COVID-19 death toll approaches five hundred thousand in the United States. Also, President Biden formally rejoins the Paris Agreement on climate and addresses world leaders at the virtual Munich …

Podcast Dr. Michelle Chester draws the COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, December 14, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. The rollout of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine, the first to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration, ushers in the biggest vaccination effort in U.S. history.

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.

December 29, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: How Will Biden Combat Climate Change?

Alice C. Hill, CFR’s David M. Rubenstein senior fellow for energy and the environment, and Todd Stern, nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution concentrating on climate change, sit down…

Podcast U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visits the Hurricane Sandy damaged city of Seaside Heights, New Jersey November 18, 2012.

December 10, 2020

Climate Change
A Virtual Climate Summit, Georgia Begins Early Voting, and More

The Climate Ambition Summit 2020 is held virtually five years after the Paris Agreement, the state of Georgia begins early voting in its Senate runoff, and Tunisia marks ten years since the beginning…

Podcast A power-generating windmill turbine is seen in front of the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris ahead of the COP21 World Climate Summit, France, November 25, 2015.

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.