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A weekly preview of world events in the week ahead from the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

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A weekly preview of world events in the week ahead from the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

    Nord Stream Leaks, Brazil’s Elections, Iranian Protests, and More

    Nord Stream Leaks, Brazil’s Elections, Iranian Protests, and More

    European leaders investigate the sudden leaks in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines, suspecting sabotage; Brazil holds its presidential election amid strong partisan tensions; and Iranians continue their anti-government protests over the death of Mahsa Amini. 

     

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    The Council on Foreign Relations, “Deforestation in the Amazon,” CFR.org

    • 29 min
    Italy’s Pivotal Election, Putin’s Referendums, U.S.-Pacific Island Summit, and More

    Italy’s Pivotal Election, Putin’s Referendums, U.S.-Pacific Island Summit, and More

    Italians vote in a snap general election with an expected populist surge; occupied territories in Ukraine stage referendums on whether or not to join Russia; and the Joe Biden administration holds a summit with Pacific Island leaders to counter growing Chinese influence. 

     

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    Jason Horowitz, “Giorgia Meloni May Lead Italy, and Europe Is Worried,” New York Times

    • 32 min
    UNGA77, NATO Military Chiefs Convene, U.S. Inflation, and More

    UNGA77, NATO Military Chiefs Convene, U.S. Inflation, and More

    World leaders gather for the seventy-seventh session of the UN General Assembly; NATO’s senior military authority meets in Estonia to discuss the war in Ukraine; and the U.S. Federal Reserve plans another interest rate hike to combat inflation.

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    Richard Haass, “Ukraine’s Coming Winter of Decision,” Project Syndicate

     

    James M. Lindsay, “Ukraine’s Counteroffensive, With Max Boot,” The President’s Inbox

     

    James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon, “Secretary Blinken Visits Mexico, Sweden’s Election, Big Power Summitry in Uzbekistan, and More,” The World Next Week

     

    David Scheffer, “Survival Governance at the UN General Assembly,”CFR.org

    • 30 min
    Secretary Blinken Visits Mexico, Sweden’s Election, Big Power Summitry in Uzbekistan, and More

    Secretary Blinken Visits Mexico, Sweden’s Election, Big Power Summitry in Uzbekistan, and More

    U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits Mexico with an economics-focused agenda; Swedes head to the polls for a general election that’s expected to be a close race between the ruling left-wing bloc and right-wing opposition; and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi join leaders from across Asia in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, to discuss regional stability, food security, and trade at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit.

     

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    Shannon K. O’Neil, Two Nations Indivisible, Oxford University Press

    • 33 min
    IAEA Visits Ukrainian Nuclear Plant, UK Selects New Prime Minister, Chileans Vote on Constitution, and More

    IAEA Visits Ukrainian Nuclear Plant, UK Selects New Prime Minister, Chileans Vote on Constitution, and More

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visits the recently shelled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Russia-occupied Ukraine; the United Kingdom’s Conservative Party chooses the country’s next prime minister; and Chileans vote on a more progressive constitution. 

     

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    Lillian Posner, “Russian Roulette at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant,” Think Global Health

    • 29 min
    Macron’s Algeria Trip, Drought in China, Anniversary of Afghanistan Withdrawal, and More

    Macron’s Algeria Trip, Drought in China, Anniversary of Afghanistan Withdrawal, and More

    The United States marks one year since its military withdrawal from Afghanistan; China goes through a severe drought, with repercussions for agriculture, energy, and supply chains; and French President Emmanuel Macron travels to Algeria to try to mend relations.

     

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    Alice C. Hill and Madeleine Babin, “What the Historic U.S. Climate Bill Gets Right and Gets Wrong,” CFR.org

     

    Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus

     

    Albert Camus, The Plague

     

    Albert Camus, The Stranger

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
727 Ratings

727 Ratings

Michael Greenan ,

Great for Info, But Needs to Slow Down

I listen to these CFR podcasts to be informed about foreign affairs, and these podcasts generally are good for that. My issue with them, though, is technical. They seem to be overly edited in order to make episodes play as quickly as possible. Maybe the producers think listeners will get bored unless episodes are played at hyper speeds. But this results in information being lost due to the rapidity. I often replay sections multiple times in order to get the basic info. Please, please, slow down. If the pace of the show is at normal conversational level, I would give the podcasts five stars instead of four.

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Good information and entertaining

I enjoy listening to cfr. Some really good insights I haven’t found from other places.

isyhassy ,

Very accessible yet intelligent

It’s obvious that these guys know what they’re talking about, but they speak very clearly and provide context for those of us who are less well versed in foreign policy. I would recommend giving this one a try even if you, like me, don’t normally listen to this kind of podcast.

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