And Now The Hard Part

And Now The Hard Part
Each week we look at one of the world’s toughest problems and suggest a way forward—all in under 30 minutes.

How to Heal the NATO Alliance
Oct 14 • 28 min
The alliance between the United States and rest of NATO has begun fraying in recent years—at the very moment when the threat posed by both Russia and China is surging. NATO was founded in 1949 on a promise of mutual self-defense. But U.S. President Donald…
Fixing the U.S. Relationship With China
Oct 7 • 24 min
Relations between the United States and China have reached their lowest point since ties were first established 40 years ago, with the two countries sparring over trade, technology, and Beijing’s military action in the South and East China Seas. U.S.…
Fighting Russian Disinformation
Sep 30 • 28 min
Russia’s attempt to swing the 2016 U.S. election campaign for Donald Trump was just one of dozens of such operations Moscow has waged in the West in recent years. Assessing the specific impact of each act of political interference is exceedingly…
Resetting the U.S. Relationship with Saudi Arabia
Sep 23 • 30 min
The U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia has rested for decades on an unwritten agreement that benefited both sides: The United States provides security and access to global markets, while the Saudis ensure that the oil keeps flowing. But the rise of the…
Trailer: Introducing And Now The Hard Part
Sep 10 • 1 min
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.…