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May 10, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
The Middle East’s Reaction to the Invasion of Ukraine, With Steven A. Cook

Steven A. Cook, CFR’s Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies and director of the International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars, sits down w…

Podcast A girl holds a sign as she attends a rally in support of Ukraine, following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, at Safra Square in Jerusalem, February 28, 2022.

December 21, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
The State of Affairs Across the Middle East, With Steven A. Cook

Steven A. Cook, Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies and director of the International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars at CFR, sits down …

Podcast Fighters loyal to Yemen's Saudi-backed government patrol in the Maqbana area of Yemen's southwestern province of Taez, on December 13, 2021.

May 11, 2021

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Turmoil in Jerusalem, With Steven A. Cook

Steven A. Cook, CFR’s Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies and director of the International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars, sits down w…

Podcast Palestinians run away as Israeli police fire a stun grenade during clashes at the compound that houses Al-Aqsa Mosque, known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City, May 10, 2021.

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

October 13, 2020

CFR Master Class With Steven A. Cook

Steven A. Cook discusses Turkish politics. How did Turkey go from promising EU candidate to a model of authoritarian populism? What is next as Turks look forward to general elections in 2023? The …

Play A Turkish flag with the Bosphorus Bridge in the background, flies on a passenger ferry in Istanbul, Turkey

September 1, 2022

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

A comprehensive list of each episode of The President's Inbox organized by topic. 

Resolute desk

January 7, 2008

Israel
Erlanger: Low Israeli Expectations for Bush Middle East Trip

Steven Erlanger, the New York Times’ chief correspondent in Jerusalem, says Israelis remain fond of U.S. President George W. Bush but aren’t holding out much hope for his upcoming trip to the Middle …

September 7, 2022

Saudi Arabia
U.S.-Saudi Relations

Steven A. Cook, the Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at CFR, and Martin S. Indyk, distinguished fellow at CFR, discuss the future of the U.S.-Saudi relationship and …

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January 5, 2006

Israel

April 6, 2021

Democracy
Democracy Tested: Democratic Backsliding in Latin America, With Steven Levitsky

In this special series of The President’s Inbox on the future of democracy, James M. Lindsay speaks with experts to discuss whether and where democratic governance is faltering around the world. This…

Podcast Demonstrators from various social movements protest against democracy and against the right-wing presidential candidate for Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, on Paulista Avenue in the city of Sao Paulo. October 20, 2018.