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The President’s Inbox podcast examines the foreign policy challenges facing the United States. Each week, CFR’s James M. Lindsay sits down with experts to discuss pressing topics like trade, immigration, China, climate change, and much, much more.

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The President’s Inbox podcast examines the foreign policy challenges facing the United States. Each week, CFR’s James M. Lindsay sits down with experts to discuss pressing topics like trade, immigration, China, climate change, and much, much more.

    Keeping the Nuclear Peace, With Michael Krepon

    Keeping the Nuclear Peace, With Michael Krepon

    Michael Krepon, cofounder of and distinguished fellow at the Stimson Center, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the rise, demise, and possible revival of arms control efforts across the globe.



    Books Mentioned in the Podcast



    Michael Krepon, Winning and Losing the Nuclear Peace: The Rise, Demise, and Revival of Arms Control (2021)



    Statements Mentioned



    “Joint Statement of the Leaders of the Five Nuclear-Weapon States on Preventing Nuclear War and Avoiding Arms Races,” The White House, January 3, 2022

    • 30 min
    TPI Replay: Democratic Crises in U.S. History, With Suzanne Mettler

    TPI Replay: Democratic Crises in U.S. History, With Suzanne Mettler

    In this special series of The President’s Inbox on the future of democracy, James M. Lindsay speaks with experts to discuss whether and where democratic governance is faltering around the world. This week, Suzanne Mettler, John L. Senior professor of American Institutions in the Government Department at Cornell University, places the current crisis of American democracy in historical perspective. This episode is part of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Diamonstein-Spielvogel Project on the Future of Democracy. (This is a rebroadcast.)



    Books Mentioned in the Podcast



    Suzanne Mettler and Robert C. Lieberman, Four Threats: The Recurring Crises of American Democracy (2020)

    • 33 min
    TPI Replay: Beijing’s Grand Strategy, With Matt Pottinger

    TPI Replay: Beijing’s Grand Strategy, With Matt Pottinger

    Host James M. Lindsay sits down with senior advisor at the Marathon Initiative and chairman of the China Program at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Matt Pottinger, to discuss China’s ambitions and what they mean for the United States. (This is a rebroadcast.)



    Articles Mentioned in the Podcast



    Michael Beckley and Hal Brands, “The End of China’s Rise,” Foreign Affairs, October 1, 2021



    Bilahari Kausikan, “In U.S.-China Standoff, Is America a Reliable Ally?,” Foreign Policy, October 18, 2021



    Matt Pottinger, “Beijing’s American Hustle,” Foreign Affairs (September/October 2021)



    Liza Tobin, “Xi’s Vision for Transforming Global Governance: A Strategic Challenge for Washington and Its Allies,” Texas National Security Review (November 2018)



    Books Mentioned



    Dan Blumenthal, The China Nightmare: The Grand Ambitions of a Decaying State, (AEI Press, 2020)



    Rush Doshi, The Long Game: China’s Grand Strategy to Displace American Order, (Brookings Institution Press, 2021)

    • 33 min
    The State of Affairs Across the Middle East, With Steven A. Cook

    The State of Affairs Across the Middle East, With Steven A. Cook

    Steven A. Cook, Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies and director of the International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars at CFR, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss what‘s happening across the Middle East as 2021 comes to a close.



    Books Mentioned in the Podcast



    Steven A. Cook, False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East (2019)



    Events Mentioned



    “A Conversation with Jake Sullivan,” Council on Foreign Relations, December 17, 2021

    • 38 min
    The U.S.-Russia Stalemate, With Mary Elise Sarotte

    The U.S.-Russia Stalemate, With Mary Elise Sarotte

    Mary Elise Sarotte, Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis distinguished professor of historical studies at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss what the United States got right, and wrong, in its relations with Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union.



    Articles Mentioned in the Podcast



    George Kennan, “Long Telegram” to the State Department, February 22, 1946



    “X” (George Kennan), “The Sources of Soviet Conduct,” Foreign Affairs (July 1947)



    Vladimir Putin, “On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians,” The Kremlin, July 12, 2021



    M.E. Sarotte, “Containment Beyond the Cold War: How Washington Lost the Post-Soviet Peace,” Foreign Affairs (November/December 2021)



    Books Mentioned



    M.E. Sarotte, Not One Inch: America, Russia, and the Making of Post-Cold War Stalemate (2021)



    M.E. Sarotte, The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall (2014)

    • 35 min
    The Future of Energy, With Helima Croft

    The Future of Energy, With Helima Croft

    Helima Croft, managing director and head of global commodity strategy and Middle East and North Africa research at RBC Capital Markets, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss trends in the energy world.



    Relevant Articles of Interest



    Jason Bordoff and Meghan L. O’Sullivan, “Green Upheaval: The New Geopolitics of Energy,” Foreign Affairs (January/February 2022)



    Robinson Meyer, “The Energy Crunch, in Six Paragraphs,” The Atlantic, October 13, 2021



    Daniel Yergin, “Why the Energy Transition Will Be So Complicated,” The Atlantic, November 27, 2021

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
553 Ratings

553 Ratings

Michael Greenan ,

Good Info, But Please Slow Down

I listen to these CFR podcasts to be informed about foreign affairs, and these podcasts generally are good for that. My issue with them, though, is technical. They seem to be overly edited in order to make episodes play as quickly as possible. Maybe the producers think listeners will get bored unless episodes are played at hyper-speed. But this results in information being lost due to the rapidity. I often replay sections multiple times in order to get the basic info. Please, please, slow down. If the pace of the show is at normal conversational level, I would give the podcasts five stars instead of four.

Marie Speaks ,

Great content, so-so audio quality

The content and information shared in this podcast is TOP NOTCH. However, the audio quality of the podcast leaves much to be desired. If you’re walking down the street without noise cancelling headphones, there’s a very real possibility that passing cars will make the podcast inaudible since the audio can be muddled and low volume. Overall, great content, but the audio quality must be improved.

JJW59 ,

Too opinionated with no data.

This is a global topic and the USA has stepped by dramatically reducing emissions. China is the biggest abuser so solve that behavior!

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