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September 16, 2021

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Podcast Takeover: Nuclear Security, From The President’s Inbox

Why It Matters is pleased to present an episode from its sister podcast, The President’s Inbox. Today, U.S. national security is dependent on international nuclear agreements. How does the world regu…

Podcast Nuclear missile gets launched into the sky, creating smoke

September 22, 2020

Grand Strategy
Grand Strategy and An Open World, With Rebecca Lissner

Rebecca Lissner, assistant professor in the Strategic and Operational Research Department at the U.S. Naval War College, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss how the United States might revamp …

Podcast A serviceman of the U.S. Air Force stands in front of a Bell V-22 Osprey tiltrotor during the joint military drills of the Special Operations Forces (SOF) of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the US Army Europe.

June 8, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
Gender Representation and Diversity in the Foreign Affairs Community

Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte and Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley joined the Council on Foreign Relations for a roundtable discussion on the importance of diversity in the foreign affairs comm…

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is surrounded as she bids farewell to a lobby filled with employees after her last day at the State Department in Washington, January 16, 2009.

May 22, 2020

Defense and Security
Lawmakers Should Push the Pentagon to Draw on Women’s Contributions to Security

As Congress drafts this year’s defense spending bills, lawmakers should increase their support for a proven way to boost national security: fostering and drawing upon women’s contributions. 

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten testify at a Senate Armed Services hearing.

September 28, 2012

United States
A Conversation with Rebecca Blank, Acting U.S. Secretary of Commerce

Please join Acting Secretary Blank for a discussion about supporting the future of U.S. competitiveness and job growth through efforts to increase business investments—from both domestic and foreign …

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October 28, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Abortion Law: Global Comparisons

A recent spate of state laws to restrict abortion services in the United States has reignited debate over the procedure. How does the United States’ regulation of abortion compare to the rest of the …

March 16, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
The Best Foreign Policy Puts Women at the Center

Research confirms that nations seeking to fortify their own security, better use foreign aid, or support stable and democratic partners should prioritize women’s advancement.

Finnish Minister of Education Li Andersson, Minister of Interior Maria Ohisalo, Prime Minister Sanna Marin and Minister of Finance Katri Kulmuni in Helsinki, December 2019.

March 27, 2019

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
U.S. Counterterrorism’s Big Blindspot: Women

U.S. policymakers have long overlooked women’s involvement in terrorism, and rarely enlisted their participation in efforts to combat radicalization. A new bill would require U.S. counterterrorism po…

Afghan security forces escort a woman at the site of a car bomb blast in Kabul, Afghanistan January 15, 2019.

March 7, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
International Women's Day: Pushing for Parity in Power

International Women’s Day affords an opportunity to reflect on the victories and ongoing struggles faced by women around the world. This year, there is much to celebrate—particularly in the realm of …

Afghan women line up at a polling station during parliamentary elections in Kabul, Afghanistan October 20, 2018.

April 29, 2021

Competitiveness
The Future of Strategic Arms Control

To manage the increasingly stark geopolitical power shifts of the past decade-plus, the United States should pursue arms control strategies that regulate rivalry and introduce a broader array of reci…

A Russian naval ensign flies atop the K-18 Karelia nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine during a training in the Barents Sea on April 26, 2018.