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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.

    Will Trump be removed from power after Capitol attack?

    Will Trump be removed from power after Capitol attack?

    The attack by Trump supporters on the U.S. Capitol "was America at its darkest," says John Hudak, and raised "legitimate serious concerns for not just the operation of the Congress to count electoral votes, but for the continuity of government itself." Hudak examines whether Congress will seek to remove President Trump from power in his final 13 days, how successful it will be if it tries, and whether the Republican Party will reassess where it stands post-Trump.
    Show notes and transcript: https://brook.gs/398TtN7 
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    • 13 min
    What does Saudi-Qatar reconciliation signal for the Biden administration?

    What does Saudi-Qatar reconciliation signal for the Biden administration?

    Bruce Riedel explains why the departure of President Trump may have led the Saudis and their Gulf allies to rethink their rift with Qatar, and what reconciliation among the Gulf states will mean for the Biden administration's goals for restoring a working relationship with Iran.
    Show notes and transcript: https://brook.gs/3s1U4bQ 
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    • 10 min
    Does the latest COVID relief bill do enough?

    Does the latest COVID relief bill do enough?

    After months of inaction and halting negotiations, Congress's $900 billion COVID economic relief package is "too little, too late." William Gale argues that while the bill makes a good start at getting relief to the American people, it still leaves a lot for the next Congress and Biden administration to address.
    Show notes and transcript: https://brook.gs/2Je5ZSD
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    • 9 min
    How did the US government get hacked?

    How did the US government get hacked?

    Hackers gained access to U.S. government systems in a months-long act of cyberespionage. While the full extent of the security breach is still being determined, Tarah Wheeler explains the third-party software vulnerability that enabled the hack, and what the incoming Biden administration's priorities should be to meet a higher bar for U.S. cybersecurity.
    Show notes and transcript: https://brook.gs/2WsRJrT 
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    • 12 min
    How is Biden’s presidential transition going?

    How is Biden’s presidential transition going?

    The Trump administration's delay in acknowledging the results of the 2020 election have left President-elect Joe Biden's transition team with even less than the usual 11 weeks to fill thousands of positions and be read in on the procedures and priorities of every government agency and department. Kathryn Dunn Tenpas looks at how the delayed start may affect the incoming Biden administration and their most urgent priorities, such as distribution of a COVID vaccine.
    Show notes and transcript: https://brook.gs/33YttlI 
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    • 13 min
    What will Trump’s final foreign policies mean for the Biden administration?

    What will Trump’s final foreign policies mean for the Biden administration?

    In its final weeks, the Trump administration has sought to lock in its foreign policy priorities against the efforts of the incoming Biden administration as much as possible. Tom Wright examines what the Biden team will be facing following the Trump administration's unprecedented handling of the transition process, firing of key national security personnel, and significant withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
    Show notes and transcript: https://brook.gs/2VVYiD5 
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    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
277 Ratings

277 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.

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.

jacobshill74 ,

Excellent Episode Titles/Summaries

I particularly enjoy the episode titles and summaries - even more so in the last two weeks. They’re always very concise and beautifully written. Kudos to Brookings on stepping up their game in, let me underscore, the last TWO weeks.

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