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A rising China. War in Europe. A warming planet. The United States faces a complex and rapidly changing world. With more than four million downloads, The President’s Inbox goes beyond the headlines as host James M. Lindsay speaks with leading experts about how the United States should respond to global challenges and opportunities that are shaping the future.

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A rising China. War in Europe. A warming planet. The United States faces a complex and rapidly changing world. With more than four million downloads, The President’s Inbox goes beyond the headlines as host James M. Lindsay speaks with leading experts about how the United States should respond to global challenges and opportunities that are shaping the future.

    Year Three of the Ukraine War, With Miriam Elder and Carla Anne Robbins

    Year Three of the Ukraine War, With Miriam Elder and Carla Anne Robbins

    Miriam Elder, the Edward R. Murrow press fellow at CFR, and Carla Anne Robbins, a senior fellow at CFR and co-host of CFR’s The World Next Week podcast, sit down with James M. Lindsay to discuss where the war between Russia and Ukraine is headed as it enters its third year. 
     
    Mentioned on the Episode 
     
    “House Republicans Fear Trump Too Much to Aid Ukraine,” Economist
     
    Simon Shuster, The Showman: Inside the Invasion That Shook the World and Made a Leader of Volodymyr Zelensky
     
    The World Next Week, Council on Foreign Relations
     
    “Ukraine’s Commander-in-Chief on the Breakthrough He Needs to Beat Russia,” Economist
     
    For an episode transcript and show notes, visit The President’s Inbox at: https://www.cfr.org/podcasts/year-three-ukraine-war-miriam-elder-and-carla-anne-robbins 

    • 33 min
    Governance of Artificial Intelligence, With Kat Duffy

    Governance of Artificial Intelligence, With Kat Duffy

    Kat Duffy, a senior fellow for digital and cyberspace policy at CFR, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the capacity of the U.S. government to lead in creating a framework for regulating artificial intelligence (AI). 
     
    Mentioned on the Episode 
     
    Kat Duffy and Katie Harbath, "Defending the Year of Democracy," Foreign Affairs
     
    For an episode transcript and show notes, visit The President’s Inbox at: https://www.cfr.org/podcasts/governance-artificial-intelligence-kat-duffy  

    • 35 min
    U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, With Ray Takeyh and Robin Wright

    U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, With Ray Takeyh and Robin Wright

    Ray Takeyh, the Hasib J. Sabbagh senior fellow for Middle East studies at CFR, and Robin Wright, a contributing writer and columnist for the New Yorker, sit down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the ramifications of U.S. retaliation against Iranian-backed militias after the killing of three U.S. service members in Jordan on January 28.
     
    Mentioned on the Episode 
     
    Ray Takeyh, The Last Shah: America, Iran and the Fall of the Pahlavi Dynasty
     
    Robin Wright, Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World
     
    For an episode transcript and show notes, visit The President’s Inbox at:  https://www.cfr.org/podcasts/us-airstrikes-iraq-and-syria-ray-takeyh-and-robin-wright 

    • 34 min
    Henry Wallace and the Origins of the Cold War, With Benn Steil

    Henry Wallace and the Origins of the Cold War, With Benn Steil

    Enter the CFR book giveaway by February 13, 2024, for the chance to win one of ten free copies of The World That Wasn’t: Henry Wallace and the Fate of the American Century by Benn Steil. You can read the terms and conditions of the offer here. 
     
    Mentioned on the Episode 
     
    Danny Rocco, Convention
     
    Benn Steil, The Battle for Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order
     
    Benn Steil, The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War 
     
    Benn Steil, The World That Wasn’t: Henry Wallace and the Fate of the American Century
     
    Oliver Stone, The Untold Story of American History
     
    Henry Wallace, “Text of Wallace Letter to Stalin Calling for Peace Program,” New York Times
     
    For an episode transcript and show notes, visit The President’s Inbox at: https://www.cfr.org/podcasts/henry-wallace-and-origins-cold-war-benn-steil 

    • 36 min
    TPI Replay: AI’s Impact on the 2024 U.S. Elections, With Jessica Brandt

    TPI Replay: AI’s Impact on the 2024 U.S. Elections, With Jessica Brandt

    Jessica Brandt, policy director for the Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technology Initiative at the Brookings Institution, where she is a fellow in the Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss how artificial intelligence might affect the 2024 U.S. elections.
     
    For an episode transcript and show notes, visit The President's Inbox at: https://www.cfr.org/podcasts/ais-impact-2024-us-elections-jessica-brandt
     
    This episode first aired: September 12, 2023

    • 33 min
    The Houthi Threat to Red Sea Shipping, With Katherine Zimmerman

    The Houthi Threat to Red Sea Shipping, With Katherine Zimmerman

    Katherine Zimmerman, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the ongoing attacks by the Houthis in Yemen on commercial ships transiting the Red Sea. 
     
    Mentioned on the Episode 
     
    Alan Beattie, “Why Red Sea Attacks Won’t Derail Globalisation (Probably),” Financial Times
     
    Kenneth M. Pollack and Katherine Zimmerman, “Washington Can't Let the Houthis Take Yemen,” Wall Street Journal 
     
    For an episode transcript and show notes, visit The President’s Inbox at: https://www.cfr.org/podcasts/houthi-threat-red-sea-shipping-katherine-zimmerman 

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
660 Ratings

660 Ratings

J.jiggity ,

A show of real experts in a time of talking heads

James Lindsey asks critical questions to guide bona fide experts in their respective foreign affairs fields. Much better than cable

K!p ,

A great show and give the people more

I love this podcast and one I look forward to listening to every week. The only thing I wish for is to make the episodes longer than 30 minutes because there is a lot of interesting information to discuss with the excellent guests the show brings on!

SJ Veneziano ,

Pragmatic insight to important topics.

I wanted to comment on how much I enjoy the podcast after discovering it on the CFR.org site. Some of the episodes helped me find ideas for papers I wrote in my International Security Studies master’s program at Arizona. As for a future topic for discussion for the show I would like to hear some expert insight on if Biden has, in some way, fallen into a sunk cost trap or fallacy over Ukraine. I recently wrote a blog post on my portfolio site about this issue, but wanted to hear the experts’ opinions. Keep up the great work!

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