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 Reverse the Global Drift Toward Authoritarianism
Nov 11, 2019 • 31 min
Autocrats and populists are on the march around the world, including in European countries that were seen until recently as firmly in the democratic camp. The phenomenon, coupled with the deepening of authoritarian tendencies in already-repressive Russia…
How to Boost the Economies of Africa
Nov 4, 2019 • 23 min
Despite recent improvements in the economies of many African countries, the continent as a whole continues to underperform when it comes to trade. Africa represents only about 2.4 percent of total global exports. Internal trade is also low—some African…
How to Manage North Korea
Oct 28, 2019 • 28 min
For decades, the United States has been trying to prevent North Korea from developing nuclear weapons, using both engagement and sanctions at different times (and sometimes at the same time). President Donald Trump’s approach has been to alternate between…
How to Repair Venezuela’s Shattered Economy
Oct 21, 2019 • 31 min
Venezuela was once the envy of Latin America, an oil-rich country whose people enjoyed both democracy and prosperity. But in recent years, it has become the region’s basket case, with a repressive government, soaring hyperinflation, a 60 percent drop in…
How to Heal the NATO Alliance
Oct 14, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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.…