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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.

    Why is Sri Lanka in crisis, and what comes next?

    Why is Sri Lanka in crisis, and what comes next?

    Sri Lanka's new president, Ranil Wickremesinghe, took office last week as the country faces economic collapse, political instability, and ongoing food and fuel shortages. Constantino Xavier looks at how Sri Lanka's governing choices over many years led to crisis, the difficult reforms ahead, and the implications of Sri Lanka's collapse for other developing nations throughout Asia and Africa.
    Show notes and transcript: https://brook.gs/3zqQEFm 
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    The Current is part of the Brookings Podcast Network.

    • 13 min
    What does Shinzo Abe's assassination mean for Japan?

    What does Shinzo Abe's assassination mean for Japan?

    Following the stunning assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Mireya Solís describes Abe's policy legacies, the role he continued to play in shaping the direction of the country, and the ramifications of his assassination for Japan's politics.
    Show notes and transcript: https://brook.gs/3yNFLND
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    • 10 min
    What does the Supreme Court’s EPA ruling mean for climate regulation?

    What does the Supreme Court’s EPA ruling mean for climate regulation?

    The Supreme Court's decision in West Virginia v. EPA narrowed the breadth of powers the Environmental Protection Agency has to regulate carbon emissions under the Clean Air Act. Barry Rabe explains the court's reasoning, the uncertainties it raises for EPA regulation, and the challenges for congressional or state-level action.
    Full show notes and transcript: https://brook.gs/3OELI4T 
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    • 14 min
    Why is Kaliningrad at the center of a new Russia-NATO faceoff?

    Why is Kaliningrad at the center of a new Russia-NATO faceoff?

    Russia has threatened consequences for Lithuania after the NATO member state blocked transit of EU-sanctioned goods through its territory to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. Ahead of the NATO summit in Madrid, Dan Hamilton explains the new front in tensions between NATO and Russia and the potential for Russian escalation. 
    Full show notes and transcript: https://brook.gs/3n9eWwX 
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    • 12 min
    What can we expect from the January 6 committee hearings?

    What can we expect from the January 6 committee hearings?

     
    As the House Select Committee to investigate the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds its first public hearings in nearly a year, Norm Eisen lays out what Americans can expect from the proceedings and the committee's objectives over the coming months. 
    Full show notes and transcript: https://brook.gs/39chpTW 
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    • 11 min
    How will France’s changing political dynamics shape Macron’s next term?

    How will France’s changing political dynamics shape Macron’s next term?

    While Emmanuel Macron won re-election as France's president, far-right challenge Marine Le Pen's nationalist populism gained a larger share of the vote than ever before. Célia Belin and Agneska Bloch explain how the political dynamics at play and the upcoming June legislative elections are likely to shape Macron's policies in his second term.
    Show notes and transcript: https://brook.gs/3KfZZCb
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    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
279 Ratings

279 Ratings

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.

333710 ,

Jan 13 voting

Commentary fails to address the state judicial voting violations in the 2020 election. Also fails to note specifics of state legislation being put in place to correct the 2020 state overreach. One sided presentation - not helpful or enlightening,

Biden’s speech was inflammatory, divisive, & disingenuous. Failed to provide any common ground for a bipartisan resolution.

jhbailey1956 ,

Have US counterterrorism efforts improved since 9/11?.

Yes and no! The bad news as I interpret presenter: we are still creating the terrorists we fight and Trump has accelerated the rate at which we do it. Excellent 7 minute analysis.

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