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The World Next Week
Council on Foreign Relations
A weekly preview of world events in the week ahead from the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).
Oct 22, 2020
The World Health Summit, Chile’s Constitutional Referendum, and More
The World Health Summit 2020 takes place virtually, Chileans vote in a constitutional referendum amid protests, and Tanzania holds a general election.
Oct 15, 2020
U.S. Senate Votes on COVID-19 Relief Bill, Bolivia’s General Election, and More
The U.S. Senate votes on a COVID-19 relief bill; Bolivians head to the polls for a twice-postponed general election; and New Zealand, considered to have one of the most successful pandemic responses, also holds a general election.
Oct 8, 2020
Taiwan’s National Day, Seventy-Five Years of North Korea’s Workers’ Party, and More
Taiwan celebrates National Day, North Korea marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party with a military parade, and the United Kingdom and European Union face another crucial Brexit deadline.
Sep 24, 2020
TWNW Special: How Americans See the World
On this special episode of The World Next Week, James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon are joined by Ivo H. Daalder, president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and Dina Smeltz, senior fellow for public opinion and foreign policy, to discuss the Chicago Council’s annual survey of American attitudes toward foreign policy. This year’s survey, which can be found on the Chicago Council’s website, is entitled “Divided We Stand.”
Sep 17, 2020
EU Leaders Talk Greece-Turkey Tensions, Italy’s Referendum and Elections, and More
European leaders hold a summit on tensions between Greece and Turkey in the Mediterranean, Italians prepare to head to the polls for a national referendum and regional elections, and the sports world stages major events under unusual circumstances.
Sep 10, 2020
A Virtual UNGA, Lukashenko and Putin Meet, and More
The seventy-fifth UN General Assembly kicks off virtually, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, and the European Union and China hold a scaled-down summit in Leipzig, Germany.
Sep 3, 2020
Two-Month Election Countdown Begins, U.S.-Taiwan Relationship Expands, and More
Americans enter the final two-month stretch of the presidential campaign, the United States moves to strengthen economic ties to Taiwan, and Japan begins its search for a new prime minister.
Aug 27, 2020
Hurricane Laura Makes Landfall, WTO Director-General Resigns, and More
Louisianans and Texans cope with Hurricane Laura as they mark fifteen years since Hurricane Katrina, the World Trade Organization’s director-general, Roberto Azevedo, departs amid uncertainty over the body’s future, and athlete boycotts spur a new reckoning over U.S. police brutality.
Aug 20, 2020
Republicans’ Virtual National Convention, Mali’s Coup D’état, and More
The U.S. Republican Nominating Convention kicks off, a coup in Mali shakes West Africa, and postelection protests persist in Belarus.
Aug 13, 2020
Pompeo’s European Tour, Democrats’ Virtual National Convention, and More
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wraps up his trip to Central Europe with a visit to Poland, the Democratic National Convention is set to take place virtually, and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon is due to give its verdict on the killing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.
Aug 6, 2020
Belarus’s Presidential Election, Anti-Kremlin Protests Persist, and More
Belarusians go to the polls, discontent simmers in eastern Russia, and Japan remembers the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki amid discussions of the country’s long-term national security strategy.
Jul 30, 2020
Biden Reveals VP Pick, Japan Remembers Hiroshima Bombing, and More
Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is expected to announce his running mate, Japan marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings, and China commemorates the formation of the People’s Liberation Army.
Jul 23, 2020
Saudi Arabia’s Downsized Hajj, Turkey’s Hagia Sophia Transformation, and More
Saudi Arabia hosts a scaled-down hajj, Turkey’s historic Hagia Sophia begins its reconversion into a mosque, and tensions mount over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
Jul 16, 2020
U.S. Congress Returns to Session, Schools Grapple With Reopening, and More
The U.S. Congress returns to session; schools and universities struggle with reopening amid a surge in COVID-19 cases; and, China, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States prepare for spacecraft launches to Mars.
Jul 9, 2020
Srebrenica Massacre Anniversary, North American Pipelines Halted, and More
The world marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre; the Atlantic Coast, Dakota Access, and Keystone XL pipelines suffer setbacks; and COVID-19 triggers historic levels of food insecurity.
Jul 2, 2020
Turbulent U.S. Independence Day, Dramatic Arctic Heatwave, and More
Americans celebrate Independence Day amid a worrisome surge in COVID-19 cases across the country, a dramatic heatwave continues in the Arctic, and Hong Kong reacts to China’s sweeping national security legislation.
Jun 25, 2020
Poland’s Rescheduled Election, One Year Since the Trump-Kim DMZ Meeting, and More
Poland holds its rescheduled presidential election, the world marks one year since U.S. President Donald J. Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un met at the Korean Demilitarized Zone, and the seventy-fifth anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter is commemorated.
Jun 11, 2020
TWNW Special: What to Read, Watch, and Listen to This Summer
In this special episode of The World Next Week, James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon are joined by Gabrielle Sierra, CFR podcast producer and host of Why It Matters, to discuss their favorite quarantine reads, beloved documentaries and television series, podcasts, and more entertainment they’re looking forward to enjoying this summer.
Jun 4, 2020
George Floyd’s Funeral, Coronavirus at Month Six, and More
The funeral for George Floyd, whose death in police custody triggered massive U.S. protests against racism, is held in Houston; the novel coronavirus continues its global spread six months after emerging in Wuhan, China; and the fourth round of Brexit talks is held.
May 28, 2020
Hong Kongers Remember Tiananmen Square, EU’s Coronavirus Rescue Plan, and More
The anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre is marked amid a surge in Hong Kong tensions, the European Union debates a massive coronavirus rescue plan, and the Atlantic hurricane season begins.
May 21, 2020
WHO Board Meets, Tumult in Afghanistan, and More
The World Health Organization Executive Board convenes virtually, Afghanistan tries to forge a peace deal amid a surge in violence, and China holds its annual session of the National People’s Congress.
May 14, 2020
Argentina’s Debt Deadline, U.S. Congress Returns, and More
The deadline approaches for Argentina to restructure $65 billion in debt, the U.S. House of Representatives is set to join the Senate in getting back to work, and the spring graduation season is marked by virtual ceremonies and limited job opportunities.
May 7, 2020
Coronavirus Origin Allegations, East Africa’s Devastating Locusts, and More
Criticism mounts over China’s coronavirus response; East African countries face a second, much larger infestation of desert locusts; and Europe commemorates the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Allies’ victory.
Apr 30, 2020
U.S. Supply Chain Challenges, Trump’s Transition Committee, and More
U.S. officials confront supply chain breakdowns amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration begins the presidential transition process six months before Election Day, and World Press Freedom Day is commemorated.
Apr 23, 2020
Governors Face Public Pressure, UN Security Council Talks Syria, and More
Governors face pressure to reopen America, the UN Security Council discusses conditions in Syria, and the Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins.
Apr 16, 2020
Trump Halts WHO Funding, Earth Day’s Fiftieth Anniversary, and More
U.S. President Donald J. Trump announces a funding freeze and review of the World Health Organization amid the coronavirus pandemic, Earth Day is celebrated across the globe, and Cuba marks the fortieth anniversary of the Mariel boatlift.
Apr 9, 2020
Coronavirus Tolls Fluctuate Globally, G20 Foreign and Energy Ministers Meet, and More
Countries across the globe continue to face the challenges presented by the novel coronavirus, Group of Twenty (G20) foreign and energy ministers meet virtually, and Israelis struggle to form a governing coalition.
Apr 2, 2020
Hungary’s Parliamentary Vote, Journalists’ Increasing Struggle, and More
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban exercises sweeping executive powers amid the coronavirus pandemic, global and local media outlets face pressure, and Israeli leaders move to form a national emergency government.
Mar 26, 2020
U.S. Lawmakers Near Relief Deal, India Imposes Three-Week Lockdown, and More
U.S. lawmakers near a $2 trillion coronavirus relief deal as debate intensifies over economic pain versus lockdown efforts, Indians enter a nationwide, twenty-one-day lockdown, and fragile states and refugee camps begin to grapple with virus concerns.
Mar 19, 2020
G7 Foreign Ministers Convene Virtually, U.S. Imposes Sanctions, and More
Foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) member states convene virtually as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to reshape the world calendar, virus concerns drive a rift between the United States and China, and U.S.-Iran tensions escalate again.
Mar 12, 2020
WHO Declares Coronavirus Pandemic, Global Markets Falter, and More
The World Health Organization declares the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, countries brace for a severe economic downturn, and the Afghan peace process confronts major obstacles.
Mar 5, 2020
Israel’s Parliamentary Challenge, Coronavirus Funding, and More
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attempts to form a governing coalition, U.S. lawmakers seek billions of dollars in emergency coronavirus funding, and the world remembers Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 six years after its mysterious disappearance.
Feb 27, 2020
Coronavirus Causes Panic, Israelis Return to the Polls, and More
COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, Israel holds its third national election in the past year, and U.S. Democratic presidential candidates compete on Super Tuesday.
Feb 20, 2020
U.S.-Taliban Peace Talks, Trump’s India Trip, and More
The United States and the Taliban move closer to an agreement, U.S. President Donald J. Trump makes a state visit to India, and Iran holds parliamentary elections.
Feb 13, 2020
Democrats Debate in Nevada, Munich’s Security Conference, and More
U.S. Democratic presidential candidates debate in Nevada ahead of the state’s caucus, the annual Munich Security Conference takes place, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo travels to Angola, Ethiopia, and Senegal.
Feb 6, 2020
Iowa’s Caucus Snafu, African Union Summit, and More
The race for the Democratic presidential nomination ramps up after flawed Iowa caucuses, the African Union convenes in Addis Ababa, and international films feature prominently at this year’s Academy Awards.
Jan 30, 2020
State of the Union Anticipation, Trump’s Mideast Plan, and More
U.S. President Donald J. Trump plans to deliver the annual State of the Union address, Israel considers sweeping annexations in the West Bank, and Brexit finally happens.
Jan 23, 2020
Migrant Caravan Confrontation, China’s Border-Crossing Virus, and More
A new migrant caravan tests U.S.-Mexico ties, the pneumonia-like virus that started in Wuhan, China, causes alarms and quarantines, and the seventy-fifth anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp is commemorated.
Jan 16, 2020
Trump’s Impeachment Continues, China’s Mysterious Outbreak, and More
The impeachment of U.S. President Donald J. Trump transitions from the House to the Senate, China attempts to suppress a pneumonia-like outbreak ahead of Lunar New Year, and the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum is held in Davos, Switzerland.
Jan 9, 2020
Soleimani’s Killing, U.S.-China ‘Phase One’ Trade Deal, and More
Tensions between the United States and Iran escalate after the killing of Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani, Washington and Beijing finalize their “Phase One” trade deal, and Taiwan holds a pivotal presidential election.
Dec 19, 2019
The World Next Year: Looking Ahead to 2020
Hosts James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon are joined by Paul B. Stares to forecast the coming year’s international challenges and developments.
Dec 12, 2019
The Afghanistan Papers, Trade Talks, and More
U.S.-Taliban peace talks continue amid the release of “The Afghanistan Papers,” the trade feud between the United States and China goes on as the House of Representatives faces an important vote on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, and climate activists take stock of the recent COP25 climate conference in Madrid.
Dec 5, 2019
The UK’s Pivotal Election, Ukraine’s Peace Talks, and More
The United Kingdom holds a pivotal general election, peace talks on the conflict in eastern Ukraine continue, and the World Trade Organization grinds to a halt.
Nov 26, 2019
Live! The World Next Week’s Tenth Anniversary Special (Rebroadcast)
In this first-ever live taping of The World Next Week, Jim and Bob sit down with NPR’s Deborah Amos to discuss what’s made headlines over the last decade. Bob shares his thoughts on the state of democracy around the world, Deb describes the progress made in the Middle East in recent years, and Jim discusses the ever-changing relationship between the United States and China. This event was produced in collaboration with CFR’s Outreach team. (This is a rebroadcast.)
1 hr 9 min
Nov 21, 2019
G20 Foreign Ministers Convene, Hong Kong Protests Continue, and More
Group of Twenty foreign ministers convene in Nagoya, Japan, district council elections are held in Hong Kong amid rampant and ever-growing protests, and NATO leaders hold a meeting in London.
Nov 14, 2019
Sergei Magnitsky Is Remembered, SecDef Esper Travels to South Korea, and More
Russia’s Sergei Magnitsky is remembered ten years after his death, U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper travels to Southeast Asia, and the fifth Democratic presidential debate is held in Atlanta.
Nov 12, 2019
TWNW Presents: Why It Matters
The first episode of CFR's new podcast, Why it Matters, takes a look at nuclear launch authority in the United States.
Nov 7, 2019
Erdogan Visits the White House, Spain Holds Another Election, and More
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets with U.S. President Donald J. Trump at the White House, Spaniards hold their fourth general election in four years, and the United States continues trade talks with the European Union.
Oct 31, 2019
Protests Flare Around the Globe, U.S. House Votes, and More
Protests intensify in Lebanon, Chile, and elsewhere, and the U.S. House of Representatives votes on rules that will govern the impeachment inquiry against President Donald J. Trump.
Oct 24, 2019
Live! The World Next Week’s Tenth Anniversary Special
In this first-ever live taping of The World Next Week, Jim and Bob sit down with NPR’s Deborah Amos to discuss what’s made headlines over the last decade. Bob shares his thoughts on the state of democracy around the world, Deb describes the progress made in the Middle East in recent years, and Jim discusses the ever-changing relationship between the United States and China. This event was produced in collaboration with CFR’s Outreach team.
1 hr 9 min
Oct 17, 2019
Tumult Persists in Syria, Brexit Negotiations Continue, and More
Turmoil continues throughout northern Syria, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson strives for a last-minute Brexit deal, and Canada holds a general election.