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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

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 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.

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

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

June 27, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
Tahrir Square, Six Years Later: A Conversation with Steven A. Cook

Zenko is joined by Steven A. Cook, CFR's Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies. They discuss Cook's latest book, False Dawn, and U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa.

Podcast Cover of False Dawn by Steven A. Cook

November 19, 2020

Diplomacy and International Institutions
G20 Summit Goes Virtual, Biden Nominates Cabinet Members, and More

Saudi Arabia hosts a virtual Group of Twenty (G20) summit, U.S. President-Elect Joe Biden ramps up his cabinet nomination process, and the United States prepares to formally withdraw from the Treaty …

Podcast US President-elect Joe Biden listens to US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris make a statement at The Queen in Wilmington, Delaware on November 16, 2020.

July 30, 2020

Elections and Voting
Biden Reveals VP Pick, Japan Remembers Hiroshima Bombing, and More

Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is expected to announce his running mate, Japan marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings, and China co…

Podcast Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden adjusts his protective face mask as he speaks about his economic recovery plan to revive the coronavirus-battered U.S. economy during a campaign event in New Castle, Delaware, U.S.