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September 28, 2022

Saudi Arabia
The Saudi Exception

The U.S.-Saudi relationship is fraught with complications. Saudi Arabia has the largest oil reserves in the world, giving it influence over what Americans pay at the gas pump. At the same time, the k…

Podcast MBS and Biden

September 15, 2022

United Nations General Assembly
UNGA77, NATO Military Chiefs Convene, U.S. Inflation, and More

World leaders gather for the seventy-seventh session of the UN General Assembly; NATO’s senior military authority meets in Estonia to discuss the war in Ukraine; and the U.S. Federal Reserve plans an…

Podcast The seventy-seventh session of the United Nations General Assembly opens at the UN headquarters on September 13, 2022, in New York City. Liao Pan/China News Service/Getty Images

August 11, 2022

United States
TWNW Special: What to Read and Listen to This Summer (Rebroadcast)

In this special episode of The World Next Week, Heather A. Conley, president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, joins James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon to discuss the books they reco…

Podcast A woman reads at the Jakarta's Public Library in Jakarta, Indonesia, Oct. 27, 2021.

June 14, 2022

China
The China Challenge to Taiwan, With David Sacks

David Sacks, research fellow at CFR, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the Biden administration’s strategy toward Taiwan amid growing threats from China.

Podcast A U.S.-made Patriot missile is launched during the annual Han Kuang No. 22 Military Exercise in Ilan county, Taiwan

June 9, 2022

United States
TWNW Special: What to Read and Listen to This Summer

In this special episode of The World Next Week, Heather A. Conley, president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, joins James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon to discuss the books they reco…

Podcast A woman reads at the Jakarta's Public Library in Jakarta, Indonesia, Oct. 27, 2021.

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 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

February 17, 2022

Wars and Conflict
Munich Security Conference, Remembering Nixon’s China Trip, and More

The Munich Security Conference is the stage for crisis diplomacy amid high tensions on the Russia-Ukraine border, the world marks the fiftieth anniversary of former U.S. President Richard Nixon’s his…

Podcast Richard Nixon shakes hands with Chinese citizens in Tianannen Square during a visit to China as a private citizen.

January 26, 2022

Global
Season Five Trailer

Why It Matters is back for a fifth season, asking the important questions about the global issues, problems, and trends that will affect the future. What role does American music play in internationa…

Podcast Why It Matters Season 5 Logo