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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 1, 2021

Intelligence
Spying 101

The glamour and thrill of espionage, brought to life on screen by characters such as James Bond, have long captivated imaginations. But this profession is deeply misunderstood, and it is always chang…

Podcast Eye of a person seen through darkness and shadows

June 16, 2021

Global
Season Four Trailer

Will the world have enough water to survive in the era of climate change? Could a shortage of silicon chips eventually lead to war? Do human spies matter in the era of cyber espionage? Why It Matters…

Podcast Why It Matters logo and a picture of host, Gabrielle Sierra, on a red background

February 4, 2021

U.S. Congress
Trump’s Trial Begins, Myanmar’s Military Coup, and More

Former President Donald J. Trump’s second impeachment trial begins in the Senate, Myanmar faces the fallout of a military coup, and the United States extends the New START nuclear treaty with Russia…

Podcast Supporters wave National League for Democracy (NLD) flags as a symbol of resistance and as part of the "Civil Disobedience Campaign" against the military coup. Myanmar's military detained State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi and declared a state of emergency while seizing the power in the country for a year after losing the election against the National League for Democracy (NLD).

February 2, 2021

Russia
Russians Protest Navalny’s Arrest, With Maria Lipman

Maria Lipman, senior associate for the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia at George Washington University, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the protests that have…

Podcast A demonstrator stands in front of law enforcement officers during a rally in support of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Saint Petersburg, Russia on January 31, 2021. The writing on the jacket reads: 'Navalny'.

January 19, 2021

Russia
Russia

There is no country quite like Russia. Despite having a relatively small economy, it has been able to maintain global influence through a range of unconventional tactics. How has Vladimir Putin playe…

Podcast Photo of the Kremlin in Moscow in the evening.

December 1, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: How Will Biden Handle Russia?

Heather A. Conley, senior vice president for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic and director of the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Ambassador Stephen Sestanovi…

Podcast Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during their meeting in Moscow March 10, 2011.

August 6, 2020

Belarus
Belarus’s Presidential Election, Anti-Kremlin Protests Persist, and More

Belarusians go to the polls, discontent simmers in eastern Russia, and Japan remembers the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki amid discussions of the country’s long-term national security stra…

Podcast Supporters of presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanouskaya attend an election campaign rally in Minsk, Belarus.

March 24, 2020

Energy and Environment
The Russian-Saudi Oil Price War, With Amy Myers Jaffe

Amy Myers Jaffe, CFR’s David M. Rubenstein senior fellow for energy and the environment and director of the Energy Security and Climate Change program, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the …

Podcast Foreign labourers leave their work to have lunch at the Haradh gas site, one of the largest in the world, south of the vast Ghawar oil fields in the prosperous region of Hassa, Saudi Arabia.

February 26, 2020

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
The One Where We Talk About NATO at a Party

You’re making the rounds at a party when someone asks you about NATO. Is it still important? The alliance is credited with preventing a third world war, but a lot of us don’t know what it is or how i…

Podcast NATO leaders meet at summit in Britain around a table.