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The Current brings you smart, timely, and quick analysis from Brookings experts on breaking news and changing policies. In under ten minutes, learn not only what happened, but why, and how to make sense of it.

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The Current brings you smart, timely, and quick analysis from Brookings experts on breaking news and changing policies. In under ten minutes, learn not only what happened, but why, and how to make sense of it.

    What to know about Pakistan’s turbulent national elections

    What to know about Pakistan’s turbulent national elections

    This week, Pakistan holds national elections. Voters in the world's fifth most populous nation go to the polls to elect representatives to Pakistan's parliament, and from that, the next prime minister. To talk about what's at stake for Pakistan, the turmoil surrounding some of the major candidates, and what the outcome could mean for the region and the world, Madiha Afzal, a fellow in Foreign Policy, the Center for Middle East Policy, and the Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology at Brookings, joins The Current.
    Show notes and transcript
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    • 15 min
    Meet Cecilia Rouse, new Brookings president

    Meet Cecilia Rouse, new Brookings president

    For the first episode of 2024, the new president of Brookings, Cecilia Rouse, sits down with The Current to share her thoughts on priorities facing the nation today and how Brookings can provide sound research to inform policy to improve the lives of those across America.
    Show notes and transcript: https://www.brookings.edu/articles/meet-cecilia-rouse-new-brookings-president 
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    • 8 min
    Taking stock of the ongoing war in Israel and Gaza

    Taking stock of the ongoing war in Israel and Gaza

    As the Israeli offensive in Gaza moves south toward Khan Younis, and as some hostages come home while many more remain captive, Natan Sachs joins the podcast from Israel to reflect on the public mood, Israel's operational goals, the ongoing threat of wider regional escalation, and what might come next.
    Show notes and transcript:  https://www.brookings.edu/articles/taking-stock-of-the-ongoing-war-in-israel-and-gaza 
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    • 16 min
    How anti-corruption efforts strengthen global democracy and security

    How anti-corruption efforts strengthen global democracy and security

    Corrupt regimes around the world threaten global democracy and security. On this episode of The Current, Norman Eisen, senior fellow in Governance Studies and chair of the newly launched global Anti-Corruption, Democracy, and Security (ACDS) project at Brookings, talks about the project and explains why fighting corruption and promoting good governance are key to strengthen democracy and security.
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    • 21 min
    Will positive momentum from the Biden-Xi meeting last?

    Will positive momentum from the Biden-Xi meeting last?

    President Biden and President Xi met on Wednesday in San Francisco during the APEC summit at a time of highly strained relations between China and the U.S. Patricia Kim discussed some of the outcomes of their meeting and stressed the ongoing need for Beijing and Washington "to depoliticize diplomacy and functional channels of communication and make them a regular feature of the U.S.-China relationship."
    Show notes and transcript: https://www.brookings.edu/articles/will-positive-momentum-from-the-biden-xi-meeting-last 
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    • 9 min
    The US-Mexico border challenge

    The US-Mexico border challenge

    Thousands of migrants are heading north through Mexico toward the U.S. border. The number of Border Patrol encounters with migrants and asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border continues to be high. And for two years in a row, the number of illegal crossings has exceeded 2 million. Meanwhile, border security remains a hot political issue as Republicans in Congress and on the campaign trail accuse President Biden of having an “open border policy.” Vanda Felbab-Brown, a senior fellow in  Foreign Policy at Brookings offers insight about what's happening on the border.
    Show notes and transcript.
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
284 Ratings

284 Ratings

RJG179 ,

Very Good

Exceptional, but far too infrequent. I do appreciate the longer episodes with the star studded panels, those have been great. If we can’t get episodes often, then I’d enthusiastically vote for this format. We don’t get any Brookings expert panel podcasts anywhere else; how about here? That’s where Brookings is missing out to the competition. As an aside, Ms. Pita has enviable diction, and is just top notch.

333710 ,

Aug 24 what happened in first gop presidential debate

Predictable let the status quo prevail questions & commentary. The country has been failing for the past 24* years due to the business as usual congress & presidencies. Viveck is the only one to call it out. Biden & Dems have accelerated the pace

PerduringOne ,

Great stuff

I really enjoy the Brookings podcasts. The quality of the events and interviews are superior both in production and content to ... other think tanks podcasts.

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