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November 5, 2020

Election 2020
U.S. Ballot Counting Continues, WTO Selects Director General, and More

The world awaits the results of the close U.S. presidential election, the World Trade Organization (WTO) is scheduled to select a new director general, and Myanmar holds fraught elections.

Podcast County employee opens mail-in ballots at the Luzerne County Bureau of Elections.

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 18, 2021

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
U.S. Nears Half Million COVID-19 Deaths, Biden Rejoins Paris Agreement, and More

The COVID-19 death toll approaches five hundred thousand in the United States. Also, President Biden formally rejoins the Paris Agreement on climate and addresses world leaders at the virtual Munich …

Podcast Dr. Michelle Chester draws the COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, December 14, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. The rollout of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine, the first to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration, ushers in the biggest vaccination effort in U.S. history.

August 27, 2020

Climate Change
Hurricane Laura Makes Landfall, WTO Director-General Resigns, and More

Louisianans and Texans cope with Hurricane Laura as they mark fifteen years since Hurricane Katrina, the World Trade Organization’s director-general, Roberto Azevedo, departs amid uncertainty over th…

Podcast Flooding caused by Hurricane Laura on August 27, 2020 in Sabine Pass, Texas. Hurricane Laura came ashore bringing rain and high winds to the eastern part of the state.

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.

January 5, 2021

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: What Will Biden’s Trade Policy Look Like?

Edward Alden, CFR’s Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow specializing in U.S. economic competitiveness, trade, and immigration policy, and Jennifer Hillman, senior fellow for trade and international pol…

Podcast Vice President Joe Biden, right, visits the Port of Baltimore Monday morning, September 9, 2013, with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, left, where they were shown the new Panamax cranes by Maryland Port Administration Executive Director, Jim White, second from left, and Ports America Chesapeake president, Mark Montgomery, third from left.

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.

January 6, 2021

China
China’s Starring Role in Hollywood

What does it take to make a Hollywood blockbuster? Movie stars? A great script? How about approval from the Chinese government? In this episode, two guests explore the surprising role of Chinese cens…

Podcast People in a theater wearing 3d glasses

December 17, 2020

Transition 2021
The World Next Year: Transitioning Into 2021

Hosts James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon are joined by Shannon K. O’Neil to unpack the extraordinary year of 2020, and forecast international challenges and developments in 2021.

Podcast Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center internal medicine resident Luc Overholt sits in a waiting area before receiving a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the hospital on December 16, 2020 .

July 16, 2019

World Trade Organization (WTO)
The World Trade Organization, With Jennifer A. Hillman

Jennifer A. Hillman, CFR’s senior fellow for trade and international political economy, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the operations and functions of the World Trade Organization.

Podcast People gather outside the World Trade Organization in Geneva.