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July 13, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
Leaving the WHO Is No Way to Deal With a Pandemic

The United States should abandon its misguided withdrawal from the World Health Organization and work instead toward reforming the institution. 

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

July 1, 2020

Political History and Theory
Living in History

Whether you think we are making history or repeating it, it’s safe to say we are living in a historic time. In this episode, Why It Matters asks three historians to weigh in on how to use the past to…

Podcast Hong Kong protester reads book while sitting

June 29, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
Could the Coronavirus Pandemic Revive International Cooperation?

New thinking, enlightened leadership, and a favorable distribution of power are necessary for a more cooperative world to emerge in the aftermath of the pandemic.

Delegates, wearing protective face masks, attend a UN Human Rights Council session.

June 25, 2020

Conflict Prevention
Peace, Conflict, and COVID-19

The Center for Preventive Action has created this resource for those seeking information and analysis about the effects of COVID-19 on peace and conflict.

Three men wearing protective clothing and masks--two of whom have guns--stand guard in front of cars parked in the middle of a debris-ridden street during a twenty-four hour curfew in Sanaa, Yemen, on May 6, 2020.

June 23, 2020

Corruption
Why Governance Matters in the Time of COVID-19

Transparency, accountability, and trust matter now more than ever.

Demonstrators take part in a protest against Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro as they maintain social distance in front of the National Congress, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Brasilia, Brazil.

June 22, 2020

Global Governance
Remembering the San Francisco Conference That Created the United Nations

Seventy-five years ago this week, delegates from fifty nations signed the UN Charter.

Delegates to the UN Charter Conference meet in San Francisco, CA.

June 17, 2020

Demonstrations and Protests
The World Is Watching Us

The killing of George Floyd, the anti-racism protest movement that followed, and the Donald J. Trump administration’s response have shaken the United States and captivated the world. Why It Matters s…

Podcast Demonstrators protest killing of George Floyd Madrid Spain

June 15, 2020

United States
Black Lives Matter—for Social Justice, and for America’s Global Role

Human rights abuses at home undermine U.S. global leadership.

Demonstrators hold a Black Lives Matter banner during a protest against racial inequality in New York City.

June 10, 2020

United States
Space Exploration and U.S. Competitiveness

U.S. space exploration inspired a generation of students and innovators, but NASA’s role has diminished, and the number of global space competitors is growing.

Space Launch

June 8, 2020

Global Governance
Expanding the G7 Makes Sense. Including Russia Does Not.

Russia's inclusion in an expanded G7 would run contrary to the group's aims and interests.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump points toward a raised hand during a news conference at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.