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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

August 3, 2021

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
The Future of Arms Control, With Rose Gottemoeller

Rose Gottemoeller, former deputy secretary general of NATO and Payne distinguished lecturer at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and its Center for Internationa…

Podcast .S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, U.S. President Joe Biden, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meet during the U.S.-Russia summit at Villa La Grange on June 16, 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland.

July 22, 2021

Japan
Japan’s Population Problem

The United States’ alliance with Japan is the centerpiece of U.S. security in Asia, but new demographic challenges from within Japan raise concerns about the future of the region.

Podcast Elder Japanese women on Japan's 'Respect for the Aged Day' at Tokyo's Sugamo district

July 8, 2021

Food and Water Security
Water Scarcity

Fresh water is more than just a resource, it is the source of all life. But in many arid regions of the world, water supplies are under pressure from climate change, and outdated rules and infrastruc…

Podcast A drop of water drips from a pipe in a field

July 6, 2021

International Law
The Age of Impunity, With David Miliband

David Miliband, president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss how the international community can hold accountable governments and terroris…

Podcast Afghan hospital workers load the coffins of the three International aid workers killed in an attack claimed by the insurgent Taliban in Logar province some 50 km south of Kabul on August 13, 2008.

June 10, 2021

Diplomacy and International Institutions
G7 Summit, NATO Summit, and More Summits

World leaders meet for summits of the Group of Seven (G7) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). U.S. President Joe Biden convenes with European Union leaders, and sits down separately wi…

Podcast Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.S. President Joe Biden speak during their meeting, ahead of the G7 summit, at Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain June 10, 2021.

March 18, 2021

Oceans and Seas
Gone Fishing

Industrial overfishing and other man-made factors have pushed one-third of the world’s fish stocks to be threatened with extinction, and many other species are not far behind. The problem represents …

Podcast A large trawl with fish was dragged onto the deck of the ship

February 18, 2021

Currency Reserves
The Dollar Privilege

The dollar is the world’s primary reserve currency, accounting for $6.7 trillion in foreign reserves. This has given the United States what some have called “an exorbitant privilege,” allowing it to …

Podcast A one dollar bill

February 3, 2021

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
‘The Most Persistent and Lethal Threat’

For years, security experts have warned that white nationalist and white supremacist extremism represent the most significant domestic terrorism threat to the United States. Now, in the wake of the a…

Podcast Neo Nazis, Alt-Right, and White Supremacists take part a the night before the 'Unite the Right' rally in Charlottesville, VA, white supremacists march with tiki torchs through the University of Virginia campus.