The Current

By The Brookings Institution

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The Current brings you smart, timely, and quick analysis from Brookings experts on breaking news and changing policies. In under ten minutes, learn not only what happened, but why, and how to make sense of it.

Episode Date
Will positive momentum from the Biden-Xi meeting last?
Nov 16, 2023
The US-Mexico border challenge
Nov 09, 2023
Unpacking President Biden's executive order on artificial intelligence
Nov 03, 2023
What does a new rule on financial advice mean for retirement security?
Nov 03, 2023
Who is new Speaker of the House Mike Johnson?
Oct 26, 2023
Parsing disinformation in the Israel-Hamas conflict
Oct 25, 2023
Biden in Israel and US diplomacy on the Israel-Gaza crisis
Oct 19, 2023
War in Israel and Gaza
Oct 10, 2023
What Kevin McCarthy's ouster as Speaker of the House means for governance
Oct 04, 2023
UN reform and the Global South at the 2023 General Assembly
Sep 29, 2023
India in the world after the G-20 summit
Sep 12, 2023
What happened in the first GOP presidential debate and why it matters
Aug 24, 2023
What underlies the coup in Niger?
Aug 09, 2023
Israel's Supreme Court reform crisis
Jul 28, 2023
How will the Supreme Court's affirmative action ruling affect college admissions?
Jun 30, 2023
Putin imperiled? What to know about the Wagner Group's Russian revolt
Jun 26, 2023
What do the SEC's lawsuits signal for the future of cryptocurrency?
Jun 14, 2023
How is Congress handling the TikTok conundrum?
Apr 17, 2023
How will we remember Jimmy Carter's presidential legacy?
Mar 15, 2023
What's at stake in Turkey's elections?
Mar 10, 2023
Who is Ajay Banga, US nominee for World Bank president?
Feb 28, 2023
How is the US weighing in with Israel's new hardline government?
Feb 04, 2023
What's happening with the debt ceiling (again)?
Jan 25, 2023
60 years later, can France and Germany fulfill the ambitions of the Treaty of Élysée?
Jan 24, 2023
Moore v. Harper: Who has the power to set state election rules?
Dec 08, 2022
What does Xi Jinping's power move mean for China?
Oct 25, 2022
What’s on the agenda at the UN General Assembly?
Sep 16, 2022
What’s happening in Afghanistan one year after the U.S. withdrawal?
Aug 30, 2022
What will student loan forgiveness mean for Black students and families?
Aug 26, 2022
Why is Sri Lanka in crisis, and what comes next?
Jul 22, 2022
What does Shinzo Abe's assassination mean for Japan?
Jul 08, 2022
What does the Supreme Court’s EPA ruling mean for climate regulation?
Jul 01, 2022
Why is Kaliningrad at the center of a new Russia-NATO faceoff?
Jun 23, 2022
What can we expect from the January 6 committee hearings?
Jun 09, 2022
How will France’s changing political dynamics shape Macron’s next term?
Apr 26, 2022
Where does France's presidential election stand after round one?
Apr 15, 2022
What's new in the January 6 investigation?
Mar 31, 2022
Why is Pakistani PM Imran Khan facing a no-confidence vote?
Mar 25, 2022
How is Russia conducting cyber and information warfare in Ukraine?
Mar 03, 2022
Did Biden's State of the Union speech meet the moment?
Mar 02, 2022
Russia invades Ukraine: What happens next?
Feb 25, 2022
How far will Putin go against Ukraine?
Feb 22, 2022
How is US, NATO diplomacy addressing Russian troop buildup?
Feb 10, 2022
Will Biden's call for Senate filibuster reform carve out a path for voting rights?
Jan 13, 2022
Will Russia launch a full military invasion of Ukraine?
Dec 16, 2021
What does Congress need to get done before the holidays?
Dec 03, 2021
Do COP26 pledges make enough progress on climate change?
Nov 18, 2021
Will the Facebook whistleblower’s testimony spur new US digital regulation?
Oct 14, 2021
Will new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida bring change to Japan?
Oct 04, 2021
After 16 years of Angela Merkel, what's next for Germany?
Sep 17, 2021
What does back-to-school look like during COVID?
Sep 01, 2021
What did Kamala Harris’ trip do for US engagement in Southeast Asia?
Aug 27, 2021
How does the Senate infrastructure bill invest in future resilience and growth?
Aug 10, 2021
The eviction ban has been extended — for now. What comes next?
Aug 05, 2021
What will US combat forces withdrawal mean for Iraq?
Jul 29, 2021
How could expanded tax credits reduce child poverty?
Jul 16, 2021
How serious are the Trump Organization tax fraud charges?
Jul 02, 2021
What did the Biden-Putin summit do for US-Russian relations?
Jun 17, 2021
What does the end of the Keystone pipeline mean for US energy?
Jun 11, 2021
An unprecedented new governing coalition has formed in Israel. What comes next?
Jun 03, 2021
Why does Congress need an independent 1/6 commission?
May 20, 2021
What hope is there for de-escalation between Israel and Hamas?
May 12, 2021
Why did US jobs growth slow in April?
May 07, 2021
How do Biden’s first 100 days reflect his vision for America?
Apr 29, 2021
What does President Idriss Déby’s death mean for Chad?
Apr 22, 2021
After Chauvin’s conviction, will policing finally change in America?
Apr 21, 2021
Will Natanz attack, uranium enrichment derail nuclear diplomacy with Iran?
Apr 14, 2021
What does the Amazon union effort signify for labor in America?
Apr 09, 2021
What does another election deadlock mean for Israel?
Mar 24, 2021
What does Quad summit signal for U.S. engagement in the Indo-Pacific?
Mar 16, 2021
Congress extended unemployment benefits. What should come next?
Mar 12, 2021
What’s in the latest COVID-19 relief bill?
Mar 09, 2021
How should the US respond to Mohammed bin Salman’s role in Khashoggi killing?
Mar 01, 2021
What's the significance of Biden's first military strikes in Syria?
Feb 26, 2021
Biden is ready to resume nuclear talks with Iran. How will they respond?
Feb 19, 2021
Will pro-Navalny protests threaten Putin’s power?
Feb 04, 2021
What steps is the Biden administration taking on racial equity?
Jan 28, 2021
Will Trump be removed from power after Capitol attack?
Jan 07, 2021
What does Saudi-Qatar reconciliation signal for the Biden administration?
Jan 06, 2021
Does the latest COVID relief bill do enough?
Dec 22, 2020
How did the US government get hacked?
Dec 16, 2020
How is Biden’s presidential transition going?
Dec 10, 2020
What will Trump’s final foreign policies mean for the Biden administration?
Dec 09, 2020
Why did Trump fire Secretary of Defense Esper?
Nov 09, 2020
What will Trump’s executive order mean for the future of the civil service?
Nov 03, 2020
What trends are we seeing in early voting?
Oct 28, 2020
What’s the significance of the US-Israel-Sudan normalization deal?
Oct 23, 2020
What’s behind the US Justice Department's antitrust case against Google?
Oct 21, 2020
What’s the state of global girls’ education during COVID?
Oct 10, 2020
What does the plot against Gov. Whitmer tell us about right-wing domestic terrorism?
Oct 09, 2020
The president has COVID-19. Now what?
Oct 02, 2020
What do leaked financial documents reveal about dirty money in banking?
Sep 24, 2020
What have “maximum pressure” sanctions against Iran accomplished?
Sep 23, 2020
What prompted the UAE and Bahrain’s normalization of relations with Israel?
Sep 17, 2020
Who is Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s next prime minister?
Sep 15, 2020
What’s driving mass protests in Belarus?
Sep 08, 2020
What does the DC Circuit ruling mean for House subpoena power?
Sep 01, 2020
What’s next for Japan after Abe’s resignation?
Aug 28, 2020
What does VP pick Kamala Harris bring to the Democratic ticket?
Aug 12, 2020
What’s behind Trump’s decision to cut U.S. troops in Germany?
Jul 31, 2020