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May 21, 2024

Defense and Security
America’s New Cold Wars, With David Sanger

David Sanger, the White House and national security correspondent for the New York Times, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss how the post-Cold War ended and why the new era of geopolitical ri…

Podcast Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting in Beijing, China, on May 16, 2024.

May 10, 2024

Media
Publishing in a Polarized World

In a wide-ranging conversation, Foreign Affairs Editor Dan Kurtz-Phelan joins Why It Matters to discuss nonpartisan publishing in a polarized political climate, the state of press freedom around the …

Podcast Journalist holding press pass.

May 2, 2024

Censorship and Freedom of Expression
World Press Freedom Day 2024: Mounting Threats, Renewed Purpose

In this special episode to mark World Press Freedom Day, Jeffrey Gedmin, cofounder and editor-in-chief of American Purpose and former president of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, joins Robert McMaho…

Podcast Stock photo of a war journalist with digital camera in action.

April 2, 2024

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The War in Gaza, With Steven A. Cook

Steven A. Cook, the Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies at CFR, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the state of the conflict in the Gaza Strip, the prospects fo…

Podcast Palestinians inspect damage at Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, on April 1, 2024, after Israeli troops withdrew.

April 11, 2024

Sudan
Congress’s Urgent Agenda, Sudan’s Year of War, Ecuador-Mexico Embassy Fray, and More

Congress returns from recess and grapples with contentious agenda items, including reauthorization of a section of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and a Ukraine aid package; Sudan enters a …

Podcast Sudanese security forces patrol in a commercial district in Gedaref city in eastern Sudan on April 3, 2024.

February 20, 2024

Ukraine
Year Three of the Ukraine War, With Miriam Elder and Carla Anne Robbins

Miriam Elder, the Edward R. Murrow press fellow at CFR, and Carla Anne Robbins, a senior fellow at CFR and co-host of CFR’s The World Next Week podcast, sit down with James M. Lindsay to discuss wher…

Podcast A Ukrainian prisoner of war reacts after a swap at an unknown location in Ukraine on January 31, 2024.

November 22, 2023

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Understanding the U.S. Role in the Israel-Hamas War

Scenes from the Israel-Hamas war have reverberated across the world. In the United States, debate about the conflict has intensified, and it has resurfaced long-standing questions about policy toward…

Podcast Shadow of military tank in the Middle East.

February 22, 2024

Ukraine
Grim Ukraine War Anniversary, WTO in Limbo, Blinken’s Lula and Milei Tour, and More

Ukraine marks the second anniversary of Russia’s large-scale invasion; the World Trade Organization (WTO) holds its thirteenth ministerial conference in Abu Dhabi amid deep uncertainty about progress…

Podcast A Ukrainian serviceman of the 65th Mechanised Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces looks on from a trench in the Zaporizhzhia region of Ukraine on February 21, 2024

January 30, 2024

United States
Henry Wallace and the Origins of the Cold War, With Benn Steil

Benn Steil, a senior fellow and director of international economics at CFR, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss how Henry Wallace might have changed history had he and not Harry Truman succeed…

Podcast Delegates at the Progressive Party’s 1948 national convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, show their support for the party’s presidential candidate, Henry Wallace.

December 19, 2023

Ukraine
The Future of the War in Ukraine, With Kori Schake

Kori Schake, a senior fellow and the director of foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss where the fighting in Ukraine is h…

Podcast A Ukrainian artillery brigade fires a howitzer at Russian positions in the Donetsk region on December 16, 2023.