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October 14, 2020

Global
Season Three Trailer

What happens when the world runs out of fish? Does TikTok actually present a national security risk? Will Africa's population boom change the world as we know it? In season three, Why It Matters expl…

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

August 20, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
Republicans’ Virtual National Convention, Mali’s Coup D’état, and More

The U.S. Republican Nominating Convention kicks off, a coup in Mali shakes West Africa, and postelection protests persist in Belarus.

Podcast Malians hold up a placard reading 'Long live CMAS (Coordination of movements and associations sympathetic to Imam Mahmoud Dicko) - long live Mali - Good Bye IBK (for Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita) as they demonstrate at Independence Square in Bamako.

June 23, 2020

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Israel’s Possible Annexation of the Jordan Valley, With Martin S. Indyk

Martin S. Indyk, distinguished fellow at CFR, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s possible move to annex parts of the West Bank.

Podcast Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures during an event marking Tu BiShvat, the Jewish Arbor Day, in the Israeli settlement of Mevo'ot Yericho, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

May 7, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
Coronavirus Origin Allegations, East Africa’s Devastating Locusts, and More

Criticism mounts over China’s coronavirus response; East African countries face a second, much larger infestation of desert locusts; and Europe commemorates the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Allie…

Podcast A child attempts to fend-off a swarm of desert locusts at a ranch near the town of Nanyuki in Laikipia county, Kenya.

April 14, 2020

Coronavirus
The Coronavirus’s Impact Throughout Africa, With Michelle D. Gavin

Michelle D. Gavin, CFR’s senior fellow for Africa studies, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss how the novel coronavirus is affecting Angola, Botswana, Sudan, and other nations throughout Afri…

Podcast A man walks past a poster covering the side of a building ahead of a 21 day lockdown aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Cape Town, South Africa.

June 17, 2020

Demonstrations and Protests
The World Is Watching Us

The killing of George Floyd, the anti-racism protest movement that followed, and the Donald J. Trump administration’s response have shaken the United States and captivated the world. Why It Matters s…

Podcast Demonstrators protest killing of George Floyd Madrid Spain

April 7, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
The Coronavirus in the Middle East, 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 Girls wearing face masks and one of them holds a candle as they wait for the blessing of a priest roaming neighbourhoods to celebrate Palm Sunday, amid the lockdown to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Marjayoun, southern Lebanon.

January 30, 2020

United States
State of the Union Anticipation, Trump’s Mideast Plan, and More

U.S. President Donald J. Trump plans to deliver the annual State of the Union address, Israel considers sweeping annexations in the West Bank, and Brexit finally happens.

Podcast Palestine

January 7, 2020

Election 2020
The Killing of Qasem Soleimani

In this episode of our special Election 2020 series of The President’s Inbox, Steven A. Cook, Philip H. Gordon, and Ray Takeyh join host James M. Lindsay to discuss the killing of Qasem Soleimani and…

Podcast Soleimani

May 2, 2019

Thailand
Thailand’s Coronation, South Africa’s Election, and More

Thailand coronates a new king, South Africa holds a general election, and chaos persists in Venezuela.

Podcast Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn, Queen Suthida, and Princess Bajrakitiyabha pay their respects at the statue of King Rama I in Bangkok.