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The President’s Inbox

A rising China. War in Europe. 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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Recent Episodes of The President’s Inbox


Mexico’s Presidential Election, With Andrés Rozental

Mexico’s Presidential Election, With Andrés Rozental

Andrés Rozental, a distinguished retired Mexican diplomat, president of Rozental & Asociados, and the founding president of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the dynamics of Mexico’s upcoming election and its consequences for the Mexican people as well as for U.S.-Mexico relations.

 

For an episode transcript and show notes, visit The President’s Inbox at: https://www.cfr.org/podcasts/mexicos-presidential-election-andres-rozental 

Episode 28 May 2024 42m and 34s


America’s New Cold Wars, With David Sanger

America’s New Cold Wars, With David Sanger

David Sanger, the White House and national security correspondent for the New York Times, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss how the post-Cold War ended and why the new era of geopolitical rivalry began.

 

Mentioned on the Episode 

 

John Maggio, Year One: A Political Odyssey, HBO Max

 

David E. Sanger, New Cold Wars: China's Rise, Russia's Invasion, and America's Struggle to Defend the West, with Mary K. Brooks 

 

David E. Sanger, The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age

Episode 21 May 2024 38m and 18s


The Impact of AI on Warfare, With Andrew Reddie

The Impact of AI on Warfare, With Andrew Reddie

Andrew Reddie, an associate research professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss how artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing warfare. 

 

Mentioned on the Episode 

 

Alan Hickey, Andrew Reddie, Sarah Shoker, and Leah Walker, "New Tools Are Needed to Address the Risks Posed by AI-Military Integration," Lawfare

 

Max Lamparth and Jacquelyn Schneider, "Why the Military Can't Trust AI," Foreign Affairs

 

"Political Declaration on Responsible Military Use of Artificial Intellig...

Episode 14 May 2024 33m and 59s


A New U.S. Grand Strategy: The Case for Liberal Internationalism, With G. John Ikenberry

A New U.S. Grand Strategy: The Case for Liberal Internationalism, With G. John Ikenberry

John Ikenberry, the Albert G. Milbank Professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss whether liberal internationalism and U.S. global leadership are fit for purpose in the twenty-first century. This episode is the second in a special TPI series on U.S. grand strategy. 

 

Mentioned on the Episode 

 

John Ikenberry, A World Safe for Democracy: Liberal Internationalism and the Crises of Global Order

 

John Ikenberry, Liberal Leviathan: The Origins, Crisis, and Transformation of the American World Order

Episode 7 May 2024 31m and 5s


A Second China Shock, With Brad Setser

A Second China Shock, With Brad Setser

Brad Setser, the Whitney Shepardson senior fellow at CFR, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the causes and consequences of China's export surge.

 

Mentioned on the Episode 

 

David H. Autor, David Dorn, and Gordon H. Hanson, "The China Syndrome: Local Labor Market Effects of Import Competition in the United States," American Economic Review

 

Volkmar Baur, Brad W. Setser, and Michael Weilandt, "China's Record Manufacturing Surplus," CFR.org 

 

James M. Lindsay, "Election 2024: The United States Is Facing a Second China Shock," CFR.org <...

Episode 30 April 2024 35m and 50s


Challenges Facing the U.S. Military, With John Barrientos and Kristen Thompson

Challenges Facing the U.S. Military, With John Barrientos and Kristen Thompson

John Barrientos, a captain in the U.S. Navy and a visiting military fellow at CFR, and Kristen Thompson, a colonel in the U.S. Air Force and a visiting military fellow at CFR, sit down with James M. Lindsay to provide an inside view on how the U.S. military is adapting to the challenges it faces.

 

For an episode transcript and show notes, visit The President’s Inbox at: https://www.cfr.org/podcasts/challenges-facing-us-military-john-barrientos-and-kristen-thompson 

Episode 23 April 2024 33m and 19s


Iran’s Attack on Israel, With Steven Cook and Ray Takeyh

Iran’s Attack on Israel, With Steven Cook and Ray Takeyh

Steven Cook, the Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies at CFR, and Ray Takeyh, the Hasib J. Sabbagh senior fellow for Middle East studies at CFR, sit down with James M. Lindsay to discuss Iran’s unprecedented attack on Israel and the prospects for a broader Middle East war.

 

Mentioned on the Episode 

 

Steven A. Cook, "Iran Attack Means an Even Tougher Balancing Act for the U.S. in the Middle East," CFR.org

 

Steven A. Cook, The End of Ambition: America’s Past...

Episode 16 April 2024 34m and 36s


Russia, Ukraine, and Global Instability, With Michael Kimmage

Russia, Ukraine, and Global Instability, With Michael Kimmage

Michael Kimmage, a history professor at the Catholic University of America and a senior associate with the Europe, Russia, and Eurasia program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the origins of Russia’s war in Ukraine and its repercussion for the global order.

 

Mentioned on the Episode 

 

Michael Kimmage, Collisions: The Origins of the War in Ukraine and the New Global Instability


For an episode transcript and show notes, visit The President’s Inbox at: https://www.cfr.org/pod...

Episode 9 April 2024 32m and 22s


The War in Gaza, With Steven A. Cook

The War in Gaza, With Steven A. Cook

Steven A. Cook, the Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies at CFR, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the state of the conflict in the Gaza Strip, the prospects for an end to the fighting, and the tensions in U.S.-Israeli relations.

 

Mentioned on the Episode 

 

Steven Cook, “Five Months of War: Where Israel, Hamas, and the U.S. Stand,” CFR.org

 

Steven Cook, The End of Ambition: America’s Past, Present, and Future in the Middle East [forthcoming]

 

Episode 2 April 2024 34m and 8s


Confronting the Nuclear Threat, With W.J. Hennigan

Confronting the Nuclear Threat, With W.J. Hennigan

W.J. Hennigan, a correspondent for the Opinion section of the New York Times, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the risk of nuclear war in an era of growing geopolitical competition. 

 

Mentioned on the Episode 

 

"At the Brink," New York Times

 

J. Hennigan, "How America Made Nuclear War the President's Decision," New York Times

 

J. Hennigan, "Nuclear War Is Called Unimaginable. In Fact, It's Not Imagined Enough," New York Times

 

For an episode transcript and show notes...

Episode 26 March 2024 29m and 45s

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