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Each episode of Why It Matters breaks down an issue that is shaping our world‘s future. Join host Gabrielle Sierra as she speaks with the leaders and thinkers who are facing these questions head on. Fueled by the minds at the Council on Foreign Relations, Why It Matters brings some of the world‘s most compelling stories home to you.

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Each episode of Why It Matters breaks down an issue that is shaping our world‘s future. Join host Gabrielle Sierra as she speaks with the leaders and thinkers who are facing these questions head on. Fueled by the minds at the Council on Foreign Relations, Why It Matters brings some of the world‘s most compelling stories home to you.

    India, Modi, and Hindu Nationalism

    India, Modi, and Hindu Nationalism

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the most popular man in India. On track to be elected for a third term, he has transformed the country’s economy and global standing while silencing dissent and galvanizing majoritarian support for his Hindu nationalist agenda—all while growing closer to the United States. How could Hindu nationalism reshape India?
     
    Ashok Swain (Head of Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University)
    Hartosh Singh Bal (Executive Editor, The Caravan)
     
    For an episode transcript and show notes, visit us at: https://www.cfr.org/podcasts/india-modi-and-hindu-nationalism 
     

    • 33 min
    Publishing in a Polarized World

    Publishing in a Polarized World

    A free and independent press is at the core of many democracies. But threats to the safety of journalists abound worldwide, and the rise of generative artificial intelligence has raised concerns about the future of media. At the same time, more people have access to high quality news now than perhaps ever before. Where does all this leave the state of the current media climate?
    In this episode, Host Gabrielle Sierra and Foreign Affairs Editor Daniel Kurtz-Phelan talk about the future of journalism, and whether political polarization presents a challenge to nonpartisan publishing.
     
    Dan Kurtz-Phelan (Executive Editor, Foreign Affairs)
     
    For an episode transcript and show notes, visit us at: https://www.cfr.org/podcasts/publishing-polarized-world 
     

    • 29 min
    Can Israel and Iran Step Back From the Brink? (Podcast Takeover)

    Can Israel and Iran Step Back From the Brink? (Podcast Takeover)

    A little over a week ago, Iran directly attacked Israel from its own territory for the first time in history. And while the United States and Israel shot down almost all of the missiles and drones, the attack remains unprecedented. Since the release of this episode, Israel has launched a relatively moderate counter strike, and tensions appear to be cooling. But the Middle East might still be on the brink of a wider war. Host Dan Kurtz-Phelan and guests Suzanne Maloney and Ali Vaez discuss the consequences of deteriorating Iran-Israel dynamics and more in this Foreign Affairs Interview episode.
     
    For an episode transcript and show notes, visit Foreign Affairs at https://www.foreignaffairs.com/podcasts/can-israel-and-iran-step-back-brink 

    • 41 min
    Remembering the Rwandan Genocide

    Remembering the Rwandan Genocide

    Thirty years ago, Rwanda’s government began a campaign to eradicate the country’s largest minority group. In just one hundred days in 1994, roving militias killed around eight hundred thousand people. Would-be killers were incited to violence by the radio, which encouraged extremists to take to the streets with machetes. The United Nations stood by amid the bloodshed, and many foreign governments, including the United States, declined to intervene before it was too late. What got in the way of humanitarian intervention? And as violent conflict now rages at a clip unseen since then, can the international community learn from the mistakes of its past?
     
    Featured Guests:
    Claude Gatebuke (Executive Director, African Great Lakes Action Network)
    David Scheffer (Senior Fellow for International Law and Criminal Justice, CFR)
     
    For an episode transcript and show notes, visit us at: https://www.cfr.org/podcasts/remembering-rwandan-genocide 
     

    • 37 min
    Local Leaders in the Global Economy

    Local Leaders in the Global Economy

    Many Americans are losing faith in the benefits of internationalism. But whether it’s wars in the Gaza Strip and Ukraine, worsening extreme weather as a result of climate change, or the trade-offs of globalization, events abroad are increasingly having a local impact. At the same time,  more state and local officials in the United States are becoming involved in global affairs, conducting their own form of diplomacy on international issues and driving investment home. What role should the United States play in the world economy? And how do states and cities fit in?
     
    Read about the RealEcon Initiative.
     
    Featured Guests:
    Matthew P. Goodman, Distinguished Fellow for Global Economic Policy and Director of the Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies
    Nina Hachigian, U.S. Special Representative for City and State Diplomacy
     
    For an episode transcript and show notes, visit us at: https://www.cfr.org/podcasts/local-leaders-global-economy 
     

    • 22 min
    UFOs: Close Encounters of the National Security Kind

    UFOs: Close Encounters of the National Security Kind

    Unidentified flying objects (UFOs) are real. And the truth about them is often hidden from the public, for reasons related to national security. That secrecy has fed conspiracy theories about the possibility of alien life on Earth, creating a stigma around the legitimate scientific search for life on other planets. Why are UFOs considered a defense concern? And does a defense framing of UFOs inhibit scientific research?
     
    Featured Guests
    Philippe Ailleris (Copernicus Programme Project Controller, European Space Agency)
    Shane Harris (Intelligence Correspondent, Washington Post)
    Kai-Uwe Schrogl (President, International Institute of Space Law)
     
    For an episode transcript and show notes, visit us at https://www.cfr.org/podcasts/ufos-close-encounters-national-security-kind

    • 33 min

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