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May 13, 2022

Religion
The Power of the Pope

For the past two thousand years, the pope has been a major player in global affairs. He is frequently called upon to act as a peace broker, a mediator, an advocate, and an influencer; and with over 1…

Podcast The pope looks out at a large crowd at Vatican City

April 27, 2022

Russia
Update on Ukraine, With Richard Haass

In this special episode, Why It Matters follows up with CFR President Richard Haass to hear his insights on the war in Ukraine.

Podcast A view shows a theatre building destroyed in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine

April 14, 2022

Financial Markets
What in the World Is a Global Minimum Tax?

For years, large corporations have exploited international tax laws to pay less taxes. But last year, 137 countries backed a potential solution: a 15 percent corporate tax applied regardless of a com…

Podcast Money

March 15, 2022

China
The Emerging China-Russia Alliance, With Patricia M. Kim

Patricia M. Kim, David M. Rubenstein fellow at the John L. Thornton China Center and the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss h…

Podcast Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a ceremony dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and China, in Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia June 5, 2019.

March 2, 2022

Ukraine
Perspective on Ukraine, With Richard Haass

In this special episode, Why It Matters sits down with CFR President Richard Haass to ask the basic questions about the war in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s frame of mind, and his threa…

Podcast Russian service members walk past BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles during tactical combat exercises

December 16, 2021

China
Will This Century Belong to China?

By all accounts, China is sure to have an outsized impact on the world over the next 100 years. Richard Haass and Elizabeth Perry, director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute, consider China’s rise an…

Podcast Crowd of people with a Chinese flag

December 9, 2021

U.S. Foreign Policy
U.S. Plans Beijing Olympics Diplomatic Boycott, Trump’s History Tour, and More

The United States announces a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, former President Donald Trump kicks off his History Tour, and Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his an…

Podcast People wear protective masks as they walk in front the logos of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics at National Aquatics Centre on April 9, 2021 in Beijing, China.

August 19, 2021

Afghanistan War
Perspective on Afghanistan, With Richard N. Haass

In this special episode, CFR President Richard N. Haass examines the war in Afghanistan and the lessons to be learned in its wake.

Podcast U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan

April 29, 2021

COVID-19
India’s COVID-19 Surge, Somalia’s Political Crisis, and More

India struggles with the world’s largest COVID-19 surge, Somalia’s president addresses Parliament after dropping a bid to extend his term, and the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan gets underway ten y…

Podcast A patient suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) receives treatment inside the emergency ward at Holy Family hospital in New Delhi, India, April 29, 2021.

January 28, 2021

China
China-Taiwan Tension Builds, Secretary Blinken’s First Week, and More

Tension between China and Taiwan builds, Antony Blinken begins his first week as President Biden’s secretary of state, and governments race to procure the COVID-19 vaccine as virus variants emerge.

Podcast Aircraft