100 episodes

The World Next Week brings a journalist’s perspective to the critical and intriguing stories developing around the globe—from Kyiv, to Pyongyang, to Capitol Hill, to Cannes. TWNW’s hosts have years of experience covering international and Washington news.

Before joining CFR, Robert McMahon, managing editor of digital content, reported for the Associated Press and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Carla Anne Robbins, a senior fellow and director of the MIA Program at Baruch College’s Marxe School, was deputy editorial page editor at the New York Times and chief diplomatic correspondent at the Wall Street Journal.

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    • 4.4 • 73 Ratings

The World Next Week brings a journalist’s perspective to the critical and intriguing stories developing around the globe—from Kyiv, to Pyongyang, to Capitol Hill, to Cannes. TWNW’s hosts have years of experience covering international and Washington news.

Before joining CFR, Robert McMahon, managing editor of digital content, reported for the Associated Press and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Carla Anne Robbins, a senior fellow and director of the MIA Program at Baruch College’s Marxe School, was deputy editorial page editor at the New York Times and chief diplomatic correspondent at the Wall Street Journal.

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

    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 second year of civil war with more than half of the country’s population in need of aid and millions more displaced; and Ecuadorian police breach international law by raiding the Mexican embassy in Quito to arrest former Ecuadorian Vice President Jorge Glas.
     
    Mentioned on the Podcast
     
    Regina Garcia Cano and Gabriela Molina, “Mexico Severs Diplomatic Ties with Ecuador After Police Storm Its Embassy to Arrest Politician,” Associated Press
     
    “Sudan Crisis Sends Shockwaves Around the Region as Displacement, Hunger, and Malnutrition Soar,” World Food Program
     
    For an episode transcript and show notes, visit The World Next Week at: https://www.cfr.org/podcasts/congresss-urgent-agenda-sudans-year-war-ecuador-mexico-embassy-fray-and-more 

    • 23 min
    Rwanda 30 Years After Genocide, U.S.-Japan-Philippines Summit, ABBA’s Eurovision Legacy, and More

    Rwanda 30 Years After Genocide, U.S.-Japan-Philippines Summit, ABBA’s Eurovision Legacy, and More

    Rwanda marks thirty years since its genocide against the Tutsis; U.S. President Joe Biden hosts the first trilateral leaders’ summit with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and Philippines President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.; music fans celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Swedish pop group ABBA’s Eurovision win; and Ekrem İmamoğlu is elected mayor of Istanbul, in a rebuke to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party.
     
    Mentioned on the Podcast
     
    Eurovision Winners, Eurovision World
     
    Frontline: Ghosts of Rwanda, PBS
     
    Mariel Ferragamo, “Thirty Years After Rwanda’s Genocide: Where the Country Stands Today,” CFR.org 
     
    “Rwanda: Freedom in the World 2024,” Freedom House
     
    “Three Decades After Rwanda’s Genocide, the Past is Ever-Present,” The Economist
     
    When Abba Came to Britain, BBC 
    For an episode transcript and show notes, visit The World Next Week at: https://www.cfr.org/podcasts/rwanda-30-years-after-genocide-us-japan-philippines-summit-abbas-eurovision-legacy-and 

    • 25 min
    Biden and Netanyahu at Odds, Putin Responds to ISIS-K Attack, Cuba Food and Electricity Shortages, and More

    Biden and Netanyahu at Odds, Putin Responds to ISIS-K Attack, Cuba Food and Electricity Shortages, and More

    The fallout after the UN Security Council adopted a resolution for an immediate cease-fire in the Gaza Strip ​​and release of all hostages further reveals a growing strain between the United States and Israel; Russia reels from the ISIS-K terrorist attack on concertgoers near Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin deliberating how to respond; the Cuban government cracks down on recent protests across the country over food shortages and power outages; and former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is found to have stayed overnight at the Hungarian embassy in Brasília in February 2024.  
     
    Mentioned on the Podcast
     
    Barak Ravid, “Netanyahu Cancels Meetings with Biden Officials Over UN Ceasefire Vote,” Axios
     
    For an episode transcript and show notes, visit The World Next Week at: https://www.cfr.org/podcasts/biden-and-netanyahu-odds-putin-responds-isis-k-attack-cuba-food-and-electricity-shortages 

    • 21 min
    Senegal and Slovakia Elections, Pakistan and Afghan Taliban Clash, Nuclear Energy Gains Favor, and More

    Senegal and Slovakia Elections, Pakistan and Afghan Taliban Clash, Nuclear Energy Gains Favor, and More

    Senegal holds its postponed presidential election amid fears of democratic backsliding; Slovakia chooses a new president in voting that could bolster Prime Minister Robert Fico’s illiberal tilt; Pakistan and Taliban-controlled Afghanistan exchange blows after a string of terrorist attacks on Pakistani territory; nuclear energy gets a boost at a first-ever summit in Brussels, Belgium; and the European Union provides Egypt with $8 billion worth of aid. 
     
    For an episode transcript and show notes, visit The World Next Week at: https://www.cfr.org/podcasts/senegal-and-slovakia-elections-pakistan-and-afghan-taliban-clash-nuclear-energy-gains 

    • 28 min
    Russia’s Gloomy ‘Elections’, U.S. Budget Divisions, Elton John-Bernie Taupin Awarded, and More

    Russia’s Gloomy ‘Elections’, U.S. Budget Divisions, Elton John-Bernie Taupin Awarded, and More

    Russia holds its presidential election with the Kremlin aiming to orchestrate a sweeping endorsement of President Vladimir Putin; the U.S. Congress continues its partisan battles over the 2024 budget as concerns of shutdown and aid to allies mount; the U.S. Library of Congress flexes its soft power by awarding Elton John and Bernie Taupin with the Gershwin Prize; and the crisis in Haiti worsens. 
     
    Mentioned on the Podcast
     
    John Bresnahan and Jake Sherman, “UNRWA Funding Emerges as Sticking Point in FY 2024 Spending Talks,” Punchbowl
     
    Liana Fix and Maria Snegovaya, “Leadership Change in Russia,” CFR.org
     
    From the Catbird Seat, Library of Congress
     
    Thomas Graham, “Why Russia’s Election Matters to Putin,” CFR.org
     
    Michael Kimmage and Maria Lipman, “Forever Putinism: The Russian Autocrat’s Answer to the Problem of Succession,” Foreign Affairs
     
    Putin's Approval Ratings, Levada-Center
     
    Brett Zongker, “Elton John & Bernie Taupin = 2024 Gershwin Prize,” Library of Congress Blog
     
    For an episode transcript and show notes, visit The World Next Week at: https://www.cfr.org/podcasts/russias-gloomy-elections-us-budget-divisions-elton-john-bernie-taupin-awarded-and-more 
     

    • 30 min
    Ramadan Cease-Fire Prospects, Portugal’s Snap Election, Oscars Go International, and More

    Ramadan Cease-Fire Prospects, Portugal’s Snap Election, Oscars Go International, and More

    Negotiators attempt to establish a six-week cease-fire and hostage exchange deal between Israel and Hamas before the start of the sacred Islamic month of Ramadan; Portugal holds a snap parliamentary election with a far-right party gaining traction; international films gain prominence at the ninety-sixth Academy Awards; and Chinese President Xi Jinping breaks with the thirty-year tradition of the premier’s press conference after the National People’s Congress.
     
    Mentioned on the Podcast
     
    J.A. Bayona, Society of the Snow
     
    Ilker Çatak, The Teachers’ Lounge
     
    Manohla Dargis, “‘The Zone of Interest’ Review: The Holocaust, Reduced to Background Noise,” New York Times
     
    Matteo Garrone, Io Capitano
     
    Greta Gerwig, Barbie
     
    Johnathan Glazer, The Zone of Interest
     
    Andrea Kannapell, Hwaida Saad, and Michael D. Shear, “‘We Need a Cease-Fire,’ Biden Says.” New York Times
     
    Yorgos Lanthimos, Poor Things
     
    Françoise Mouly, “Barry Blitt’s ‘Slappenheimer’,” New Yorker
     
    Christopher Nolan, Oppenheimer
     
    Celine Song, Past Lives
     
    Justine Triet, Anatomy of a Fall
     
    Wim Wenders, Perfect Days
     
    For an episode transcript and show notes, visit The World Next Week at:  https://www.cfr.org/podcasts/ramadan-cease-fire-prospects-portugals-snap-election-oscars-go-international-and-more 

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
73 Ratings

73 Ratings

Sklola ,

Great and very Insightful podcast

This is a podcast I really enjoy listening to but I am disappointed that the devastating double explosion of Beirut which occurred on August 4th and is the #3 after Hiroshima and Nagasaki was not even addressed. What happened is not just another bomb in the Middle East, what happened will never be forgotten and scarred all of the Lebanese people from all over the world .The corrupt thiefs of politicians who’ve been in power for over 3 decades led the country to where it is and they need to be exposed. #talkaboutlebanon
I would have given it a 5 star rating otherwise.
I hope you will take into consideration my comment and address it.

Rixcnx ,

Foreign affairs coverage as it should be

Informative, nuanced and really satisfying programming. It’s everything the mainstream press is missing. Great work and thanks CFR.

IntendoActual ,

Lately Less Informed

This is still a reasonably good snapshot of geo-politics however the new cohost seems at times to address issues she is uninformed about without any humility. She was dismayed to learn an American TV show is being filmed in Canada despite this being a common practice for many years. She also detailed the countries which are large grain producers that could offset the Black Sea grain blockade with no mention of Canada. Maybe she’s just uninformed about Canada, but the show claims itself to have knowledge on all countries and global events. Thank you.

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