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A rising China. A new nuclear era. 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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    • 4.4 • 612 Ratings

A rising China. A new nuclear era. 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.

    Japan Rearmed, With Sheila Smith

    Japan Rearmed, With Sheila Smith

    Sheila Smith, the John E. Merow senior fellow for Asia-Pacific studies at the Council, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the reasoning behind Japan’s new defense strategy and the Japanese government’s decision to double defense spending.
     
    Mentioned on the Podcast
     
    “National Defense Strategy of Japan [PDF],” Ministry of Defense of Japan
     
    “National Security Strategy of Japan [PDF],” Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
     
    “SIPRI Military Expenditure Database,” SIPRI.org
     
    Sheila Smith, “Financing Japan’s Defense Leap,” CFR.org
     
    Sheila Smith, “How Japan Is Doubling Down on Its Military Power,” CFR.org
     
    Sheila Smith, Japan Rearmed: The Politics of Military Power
     
    For an episode transcript and show notes, visit us at: https://www.cfr.org/podcasts/japan-rearmed-sheila-smith

    • 36 min
    The Obligations of American Citizens, With Richard Haass

    The Obligations of American Citizens, With Richard Haass

    Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss his new book, The Bill of Obligations: The Ten Habits of Good Citizens.
     
    Mentioned on the Podcast
     
    Richard Haass, The Bill of Obligations: The Ten Habits of Good Citizens
     
    Richard Haass, A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order
     
    Richard Haass, The World: A Brief Introduction
     
    For an episode transcript and show notes, visit us at: https://www.cfr.org/podcasts/obligations-american-citizens-richard-haass 

    • 33 min
    China’s Covid Surge, With Yanzhong Huang and Zongyuan Zoe Liu

    China’s Covid Surge, With Yanzhong Huang and Zongyuan Zoe Liu

    Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the Council and professor and director of global health studies at Seton Hall University's School of Diplomacy and International Relations, and Zongyuan Zoe Liu, a fellow for international political economy at the Council, sit down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the consequences of China’s decision to end its zero-COVID policy.
     
    Mentioned on the Podcast
     
    Yanzhong Huang, “China’s Struggle With Covid Is Just Beginning,” New York Times
     
    Yanzhong Huang, Toxic Politics: China's Environmental Health Crisis and Its Challenge to the Chinese State
     
    Zongyuan Zoe Liu, Can BRICS De-dollarize the Global Financial System?
     
    Zongyuan Zoe Liu, “Zero-COVID Is the Least of Xi’s Economic Problems,” Foreign Policy
    For an episode transcript and show notes, visit us at: https://www.cfr.org/podcasts/chinas-covid-surge-yanzhong-huang-and-zongyuan-zoe-liu

    • 35 min
    Israel’s New Government, With Martin Indyk

    Israel’s New Government, With Martin Indyk

    Martin S. Indyk, the Lowy distinguished fellow in U.S.-Middle East diplomacy at the Council, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the consequences of Benjamin Netanyahu’s return as Israel’s prime minister.
     
    Mentioned on the Podcast
     
    Steven A. Cook and Martin S. Indyk, The Case for a New U.S.-Saudi Strategic Compact
     
    Martin S. Indyk, Master of the Game: Henry Kissinger and the Art of Middle East Diplomacy
     
    For an episode transcript and show notes, visit us at: https://www.cfr.org/podcasts/israels-new-government-martin-indyk

    • 37 min
    China’s Global Influence Campaign, With Joshua Kurlantzick

    China’s Global Influence Campaign, With Joshua Kurlantzick

    Joshua Kurlantzick, a senior fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss how China uses its media power to influence the domestic politics of countries around the world. 
     
    Enter the CFR book giveaway by Jan 17, 2023, for the chance to win one of ten free copies of Beijing's Global Media Offensive: China’s Uneven Campaign to Influence Asia and the World  by Joshua Kurlantzick. You can read the terms and conditions of the offer here. 
     
    Mentioned on the Podcast
    Joshua Kurlantzick, Beijing's Global Media Offensive: China’s Uneven Campaign to Influence Asia and the World
     
    “How Many Confucius Institutes Are in the United States?” National Association of Scholars
     
    For an episode transcript and show notes, visit us at: https://www.cfr.org/podcasts/chinas-global-influence-campaign-joshua-kurlantzick

    • 33 min
    What Climate Change Means for Central America, With Paul J. Angelo

    What Climate Change Means for Central America, With Paul J. Angelo

    In this special series of The President’s Inbox on climate change, Paul J. Angelo, the director of the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies at the National Defense University, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the impact of climate change in Central America. This series is made possible by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. 
     
    Mentioned on the Podcast
     
    Paul Angelo, Climate Change and Regional Instability in Central America
     
    “Country Index,” Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative
     
    "The 2014 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review [PDF]," The U.S. Department of Homeland Security
     
    For an episode transcript and show notes, visit us at: https://www.cfr.org/podcasts/what-climate-change-means-central-america-paul-j-angelo

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
612 Ratings

612 Ratings

leb54321 ,

Please stop playing music at the end

Hey Team - you’re my favorite podcast. The interviewer and guests are of incredible quality.

But please please please, stop playing that outro music while the conversation is still going on. It’s distracting and detracts from the final words of both the guest and interviewer.

To be clear, the outro music is fine, but it plays too early, instead you should let the conversation fully end, and just play it at as Jim reads the credits.

5 stars if you can fix that!

Keep doing great work

trussvilledgc ,

Liberal slant

Love the topics, the guests are informative, and I learn a lot of information every episode that I listen too. I just wish their wasn’t such a liberal slant.

John McDermott ,

Review

This is the most informative podcast that I listen to. I consider myself to be a fairly sophisticated listener as I am an 84 year old retired Naval Supply Corps Officer. Your presentation is extremely competent and professional. Having said that though I do agree with the other reviewers comments about the outgo music.

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