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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.

    Challenges Facing the U.S. Military, With John Barrientos and Kristen Thompson

    Challenges Facing the U.S. Military, With John Barrientos and Kristen Thompson

    John Barrientos, a captain in the U.S. Navy and a visiting military fellow at CFR, and Kristen Thompson, a colonel in the U.S. Air Force and a visiting military fellow at CFR, sit down with James M. Lindsay to provide an inside view on how the U.S. military is adapting to the challenges it faces.
     
    For an episode transcript and show notes, visit The President’s Inbox at: https://www.cfr.org/podcasts/challenges-facing-us-military-john-barrientos-and-kristen-thompson 

    • 33 min
    Iran’s Attack on Israel, With Steven Cook and Ray Takeyh

    Iran’s Attack on Israel, With Steven Cook and Ray Takeyh

    Steven Cook, the Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies at CFR, and Ray Takeyh, the Hasib J. Sabbagh senior fellow for Middle East studies at CFR, sit down with James M. Lindsay to discuss Iran’s unprecedented attack on Israel and the prospects for a broader Middle East war.
     
    Mentioned on the Episode 
     
    Steven A. Cook, "Iran Attack Means an Even Tougher Balancing Act for the U.S. in the Middle East," CFR.org
     
    Steven A. Cook, The End of Ambition: America’s Past, Present, and Future in the Middle East [forthcoming]
     
    Reuel Marc Gerecht and Ray Takeyh, “Keeping U.S. Power Behind Israel Will Keep Iran at Bay,” New York Times
     
    Ray Takeyh, "Iran Attacks on Israel Spur Escalation Concerns," CFR.org
     
    Ray Takeyh, The Last Shah: America, Iran, and the Fall of the Pahlavi Dynasty
     
    For an episode transcript and show notes, visit The President’s Inbox at: https://www.cfr.org/podcasts/irans-attack-israel-steven-cook-and-ray-takeyh 

    • 34 min
    Russia, Ukraine, and Global Instability, With Michael Kimmage

    Russia, Ukraine, and Global Instability, With Michael Kimmage

    Michael Kimmage, a history professor at the Catholic University of America and a senior associate with the Europe, Russia, and Eurasia program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the origins of Russia’s war in Ukraine and its repercussion for the global order.
     
    Mentioned on the Episode 
     
    Michael Kimmage, Collisions: The Origins of the War in Ukraine and the New Global Instability
    For an episode transcript and show notes, visit The President’s Inbox at: https://www.cfr.org/podcasts/russia-ukraine-and-global-instability-michael-kimmage 

    • 32 min
    The War in Gaza, With Steven A. Cook

    The War in Gaza, With Steven A. Cook

    Steven A. Cook, the Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies at CFR, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the state of the conflict in the Gaza Strip, the prospects for an end to the fighting, and the tensions in U.S.-Israeli relations.
     
    Mentioned on the Episode 
     
    Steven Cook, “Five Months of War: Where Israel, Hamas, and the U.S. Stand,” CFR.org
     
    Steven Cook, The End of Ambition: America’s Past, Present, and Future in the Middle East [forthcoming]
     
    For an episode transcript and show notes, visit The President’s Inbox at: https://www.cfr.org/podcasts/war-gaza-steven-cook  

    • 34 min
    Confronting the Nuclear Threat, With W.J. Hennigan

    Confronting the Nuclear Threat, With W.J. Hennigan

    W.J. Hennigan, a correspondent for the Opinion section of the New York Times, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the risk of nuclear war in an era of growing geopolitical competition. 
     
    Mentioned on the Episode 
     
    "At the Brink," New York Times
     
    J. Hennigan, "How America Made Nuclear War the President's Decision," New York Times
     
    J. Hennigan, "Nuclear War Is Called Unimaginable. In Fact, It's Not Imagined Enough," New York Times
     
    For an episode transcript and show notes, visit The President’s Inbox at:  https://www.cfr.org/podcasts/confronting-nuclear-threat-wj-hennigan 

    • 29 min
    A New U.S. Grand Strategy: The Case for U.S. Retrenchment Overseas, With Stephen Wertheim

    A New U.S. Grand Strategy: The Case for U.S. Retrenchment Overseas, With Stephen Wertheim

    Stephen Wertheim, a senior fellow in the American Statecraft Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss whether and where the United States should be less involved in the world. This episode is the first in a special The President’s Inbox series on U.S. grand strategy.
     
    Mentioned on the Episode 
     
    Stephen Wertheim, “Internationalism/Isolationism: Concepts of American Global Power [PDF],” in Rethinking U.S. World Power: Domestic Histories of U.S. Foreign Relations, ed. Daniel Bessner and Michael Brenes
     
    Stephen Wertheim, Tomorrow, the World: The Birth of U.S. Global Supremacy 
     
    Stephen Wertheim, "Why America Can't Have It All: Washington Must Choose Between Primacy and Prioritizing," Foreign Affairs
     
    For an episode transcript and show notes, visit The President’s Inbox at: https://www.cfr.org/podcasts/new-us-grand-strategy-case-us-retrenchment-overseas-stephen-wertheim 

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

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662 Ratings

662 Ratings

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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

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Tune in to the American Foreign Policy Council

CFR represents the Davos elites leftist agenda. The American Foriegn Policy Council represents the honest American interest. I have been going through the last couple of years podcasts and they have proven far more accurate in their predictions than has CFR.

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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!

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