The world is a particularly confusing and daunting place these days: Russian bots, North Korean nukes, trade wars and climate emergencies. To understand it better, Foreign Policy and the Brookings Institution are teaming up for an 8-part podcast series. On each episode, host Jonathan Tepperman and a guest from Brookings discuss one of the world’s most vexing problems and trace its origins. And then, the hard part: Tepperman asks the guest to focus on plausible, actionable ways forward.
Jonathan Tepperman, Foreign Policy’s editor in chief, hosts the podcast. The guests are some of the smartest and most experienced analysts around—all scholars from the Brookings Institution, including former government and intelligence officials.
Jonathan Tepperman is the editor in chief of Foreign Policy and the author of The Fix: How Countries Use Crises to Solve the World’s Worst Problems. Before joining FP, Tepperman served as managing editor of Foreign Affairs and, before that, as deputy editor of Newsweek’s international edition. He has written for a long list of publications and appears frequently on TV and radio. He has degrees from Yale, Oxford, and New York University.
Lead Producer: Rob Sachs | Managing Editor: Dan Ephron
How to Boost the Economies of Africa
Brookings scholar Landry Signé on why the continent underperforms when it comes to trade and what can be done about it.
How to Manage North Korea
Brookings senior fellow Jung H. Pak on why the United States has failed to prevent North Korea from developing nuclear weapons and what to do about it.
How to Repair Venezuela’s Shattered Economy
Brookings scholar Dany Bahar on how the crisis unfolded and what to do about it.
How to Heal the NATO Alliance
Brookings scholar Victoria Nuland on why it’s troubled and what to do about it.
Fixing the U.S. Relationship With China
Brookings scholar Ryan Hass on what’s driving America’s new cold war and what to do about it.
Fighting Russian Disinformation
Brookings scholar Alina Polyakova on why the United States needs to go on the offense.
Resetting the U.S. Relationship With Saudi Arabia
Brookings scholar Bruce Riedel on how America's oldest alliance in the Middle East is being tested and what to do about it.
Trailer: Introducing And Now the Hard Part
From Foreign Policy and the Brookings Institution: Each week we look at one of the world’s toughest problems and suggest a way forward—all in under 30 minutes.
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