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Italy’s Pivotal Election, Putin’s Referendums, U.S.-Pacific Island Summit, and More

Italy’s Pivotal Election, Putin’s Referendums, U.S.-Pacific Island Summit, and More

September 22, 2022

Italians vote in a snap general election with an expected populist surge; occupied territories in Ukraine stage referendums on whether or not to join Russia; and the Joe Biden administration holds a summit with Pacific Island leaders to counter growing Chinese influence. 

 

Mentioned on the Podcast

Jason Horowitz, “Giorgia Meloni May Lead Italy, and Europe Is Worried,” New York Times

UNGA77, NATO Military Chiefs Convene, U.S. Inflation, and More

UNGA77, NATO Military Chiefs Convene, U.S. Inflation, and More

September 15, 2022

World leaders gather for the seventy-seventh session of the UN General Assembly; NATO’s senior military authority meets in Estonia to discuss the war in Ukraine; and the U.S. Federal Reserve plans another interest rate hike to combat inflation.

Mentioned on the Podcast

 

Richard Haass, “Ukraine’s Coming Winter of Decision,” Project Syndicate

 

James M. Lindsay, “Ukraine’s Counteroffensive, With Max Boot,” The President’s Inbox

 

James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon, “Secretary Blinken Visits Mexico, Sweden’s Election, Big Power Summitry in Uzbekistan, and More,” The World Next Week

 

David Scheffer, “Survival Governance at the UN General Assembly,”CFR.org

Secretary Blinken Visits Mexico, Sweden’s Election, Big Power Summitry in Uzbekistan, and More

Secretary Blinken Visits Mexico, Sweden’s Election, Big Power Summitry in Uzbekistan, and More

September 8, 2022

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits Mexico with an economics-focused agenda; Swedes head to the polls for a general election that’s expected to be a close race between the ruling left-wing bloc and right-wing opposition; and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi join leaders from across Asia in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, to discuss regional stability, food security, and trade at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit.

 

Mentioned on the Podcast

 

Shannon K. O’Neil, Two Nations Indivisible, Oxford University Press

IAEA Visits Ukrainian Nuclear Plant, UK Selects New Prime Minister, Chileans Vote on Constitution, and More

IAEA Visits Ukrainian Nuclear Plant, UK Selects New Prime Minister, Chileans Vote on Constitution, and More

September 1, 2022

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visits the recently shelled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Russia-occupied Ukraine; the United Kingdom’s Conservative Party chooses the country’s next prime minister; and Chileans vote on a more progressive constitution. 

 

Mentioned on the Podcast

 

Lillian Posner, “Russian Roulette at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant,” Think Global Health

Macron’s Algeria Trip, Drought in China, Anniversary of Afghanistan Withdrawal, and More

Macron’s Algeria Trip, Drought in China, Anniversary of Afghanistan Withdrawal, and More

August 25, 2022

The United States marks one year since its military withdrawal from Afghanistan; China goes through a severe drought, with repercussions for agriculture, energy, and supply chains; and French President Emmanuel Macron travels to Algeria to try to mend relations.

 

Mentioned on the Podcast

 

Alice C. Hill and Madeleine Babin, What the Historic U.S. Climate Bill Gets Right and Gets Wrong,” CFR.org

 

Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus

 

Albert Camus, The Plague

 

Albert Camus, The Stranger

U.S.-South Korea Military Drills, Iran Nuclear Deal Diplomacy, Ukraine’s Independence Day, and More

U.S.-South Korea Military Drills, Iran Nuclear Deal Diplomacy, Ukraine’s Independence Day, and More

August 18, 2022

The United States and South Korea hold joint military drills amid mounting tough rhetoric from North Korea; nuclear deal negotiations continue as Iran responds to the European Union’s most recent draft of a revived agreement; and Ukraine marks its Independence Day six months after the Russian invasion began.

 

Mentioned on the Podcast

 

Max Boot, “Why Kyiv’s ‘Thousand Bee Sting’ Strategy is Costing Russia Dearly,” Washington Post

 

Jessica Chen Weiss, “The China Trap,” Foreign Affairs

 

Steven Cook and Martin Indyk, “The Case for a New U.S.-Saudi Strategic Compact,” Council on Foreign Relations

 

Nicholas Pelham, “MBS: Despot in the Desert,” The Economist

 

Karim Sadjadpour, “What the U.S. Gets Wrong About Iran,” New York Times

 

Stephen Sestanovich, “Putin’s Strategy in Ukraine,” The President’s Inbox

 

Scott Snyder, “Why North Korea Might Reject Yoon Suk-yeol’s Audacious Initiative,” CFR.org

TWNW Special: What to Read and Listen to This Summer (Rebroadcast)

TWNW Special: What to Read and Listen to This Summer (Rebroadcast)

August 11, 2022

In this special episode of The World Next Week, Heather A. Conley, president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, joins James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon to discuss the books they recommend reading, the books they’re looking forward to reading, and the podcasts they’re listening to for fun this summer. (This is a rebroadcast.)

 

Read more about Jim, Bob, and Heather’s picks on Jim’s blog, The Water’s Edge.

 

Jims Picks

Michael Mandelbaum, The Four Ages of American Foreign Policy (2022)

Richard Cohen, Making History: The Storytellers Who Shaped the Past (2021)

Laszlo Montgomery, The China History Podcast, Teacup Media

 

Bobs Picks

Catherine Belton, Putin’s People (2020)

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, The Love Songs of W.E.B Du Bois (2021)

Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley, Gastropod, Vox Media Podcast Network

 

Heathers Picks

Greg Behrman, The Most Noble Adventure: The Marshall Plan and How America Helped Rebuild Europe (2007)

Patrick Radden Keefe, Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland (2018)

Todd Schulkin, Inside Julia’s Kitchen, Heritage Radio Network

 

Additional Books, Podcasts, and Shows Mentioned on the Podcast

Karen Dewisha, Putin’s Kleptocracy (2014)

Aaron L. Friedberg, Getting China Wrong (2022)

Joseph Marion Jones, The Fifteen Weeks (1965)

Michael Kimmage, The Abandonment of the West (2020)

Sebastian Mallaby, The Power Law (2022)

George Mitchell, Making Peace (1999)

Yascha Mounk, The Great Experiment (2022)

Benn Steil, The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War (2019)

Ali Wyne, America’s Great-Power Opportunity (2022)

Heather A. Conley, “How Will Biden Handle Russia?” The President's Inbox, December 1, 2020

David Crowther, The History of England

Mike Duncan, The History of Rome

Jamie Jeffers, The British History Podcast

Michael Mandelbaum, “Americas Rise to Power,” The President's Inbox, May 7, 2022

Robin Pierson, The History of Byzantium

Julia, HBO Max (2022)

Erdoğan Visits Russia, Blinken’s Southeast Asia and Africa Tours, Kenya’s Election, and More

Erdoğan Visits Russia, Blinken’s Southeast Asia and Africa Tours, Kenya’s Election, and More

August 4, 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin hosts Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Sochi; U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken travels to Cambodia, the Philippines, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Rwanda; and Kenya elects a new president amid a severe drought and the global inflation crisis.

 

Mentioned on the Podcast

 

Rachel Chason and Rael Ombuor, “A wild-card candidate in Kenya is sparking an African debate about weed,” Washington Post

Russia Tries Journalist, China Celebrates Its Army, UN Meets on Nuclear Weapons, and More

Russia Tries Journalist, China Celebrates Its Army, UN Meets on Nuclear Weapons, and More

July 28, 2022

A Moscow court considers the case of Marina Ovsyannikova, a Russian reporter who protested the invasion of Ukraine; China celebrates the ninety-fifth anniversary of its People’s Liberation Army amid growing tensions with the United States; and UN member states meet in New York to discuss the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons.

 

Mentioned on the Podcast

 

Ely Ratner, “Twelfth Annual South China Sea Conference: Lunch Keynote,” Center for Strategic and International Studies, July 26, 2022

 

Ivo H. Daalder and James M. Lindsay, “Why Putin Underestimated the West: And How to Sustain Its Newfound Unity,” Foreign Affairs, April 7, 2022

 

Keeping the Nuclear Peace, With Michael Krepon,” The President’s Inbox, January 11, 2022

Mike Chinoy, “What Does Nancy Pelosi Think She’s Doing in Taiwan?,” Foreign Policy, July 26, 2022

Pope Francis Goes to Canada, Petition for Same-Sex Marriage in Ukraine, Pivotal Tunisian Referendum, and More

Pope Francis Goes to Canada, Petition for Same-Sex Marriage in Ukraine, Pivotal Tunisian Referendum, and More

July 21, 2022

Pope Francis travels to Canada seeking forgiveness from Indigenous communities for Catholic Church abuses; President Volodymyr Zelensky must respond to a petition for same-sex marriage in Ukraine; and President Kais Saied hopes to ratify a controversial new constitution in Tunisia.

 

Mentioned on the Podcast

 

Stewart M. Patrick, Reflecting Sunlight to Reduce Climate Risk Priorities for Research and International Cooperation, April 2022

 

Alice Hill, The Fight for Climate After COVID-19, 2021

 

Alice Hill, Building a Resilient Tomorrow: How to Prepare for the Coming Climate Disruption, 2020