The World Next Week

The World Next Week
A weekly preview of world events in the week ahead from the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).
Protesters Return to the Streets in Paris, and Afghan Peace Talks Resume
Dec 13 • 39 min
The thirtieth anniversary of the Pan Am bombing/Lockerbie crash is marked, “yellow vest” protesters take to the streets of Paris for the fifth weekend in a row, and Pakistan’s foreign minister visits Afghanistan amid new peace efforts.
May’s Brexit Deal Faces Defeat and the UN Urges a Global Migrant Compact
Dec 6 • 26 min
Theresa May’s Brexit plan faces a series of devastating defeats, and nations make crucial decisions regarding the UN’s Global Migrant Compact. Sebastian Mallaby sits in for Jim Lindsay.
Trump Attends G20 Summit, and a UN Climate Summit Begins in Poland
Nov 29 • 40 min
World leaders convene in Argentina for the annual G20 summit, and a UN climate summit gets underway in Poland.
Brexit Deal Shakes Up May’s Cabinet, and APEC Summit Overshadowed by Trade War
Nov 15 • 41 min
A Brexit deal triggers a political crisis in Britan, trade wars loom large as the APEC Summit gets underway, and an Ebola outbreak in Congo threatens to spread. Ted Alden sits in for Bob McMahon.
Two Meaningful Anniversaries Are Marked, and the East Asia Summit Takes Place in Singapore
Nov 8 • 36 min
The 13th East Asia Summit takes place in Singapore, the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I is commemorated, and the 29-year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall is marked.
The U.S. Holds High-Stakes Midterm Elections, and Iran Faces New Sanctions
Nov 1 • 42 min
The United States goes to the polls in a tense midterm election, and Iran faces the consequences of new oil sanctions. Carla Anne Robbins sits in for Jim Lindsay.
Another Brazilian Election, and Massive NATO Military Exercises in Norway
Oct 25 • 25 min
Brazilians go back to the polls in a presidential run-off, and NATO conducts massive military exercises in Norway.
Saudi Arabia Hosts Tense Conference, and Afghanistan Holds Fractured Elections
Oct 18 • 41 min
Saudi Arabia’s investment conference kicks off under a cloud of tension, Chinese and Japanese leaders meet to discuss intellectual property protection, Afghanistan holds parliamentary elections, and protests against Brexit begin in London.
The United States Searches for a New UN Ambassador and Indonesia Hosts IMF-World Bank Annual Summit
Oct 11 • 43 min
The United States searches for a new ambassador to the UN, Indonesia hosts an IMF-World Bank summit, and the German state of Bavaria holds elections.
A Scandal Plagued Brazil Goes to the Polls, and a New NAFTA Deal is Reached
Oct 4 • 39 min
A scandal-plagued Brazil goes to the polls, Bosnia faces a polarizing election, and a new NAFTA deal is reached by the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
U.S.-Canada Trade Deadline Looms, and Iraqi Kurdistan Holds Parliamentary Elections
Sep 27 • 43 min
A deadline looms for U.S.-Canadian trade talks, Iraqi Kurds hold parliamentary elections, and the U.S. government’s fiscal year comes to a close.
United Nations General Assembly Special
Sep 20 • 42 min
A look at President Trump’s UN diplomacy, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses the General Assembly, Syria’s war end game generates discussion, and the UN tries to make progress on a global migrant compact.
The Two Koreas Hold a Summit, and a Look Back at the Lehman Collapse
Sep 13 • 38 min
The two Koreas hold a summit in Pyongyang, ten years pass since the epic Lehman Brothers collapse, and Hurricane Florence threatens massive damage in the southeastern United States.
Erdogan, Rouhani and Putin Talk Syria and Populism Looms in Swedish Elections
Sep 6 • 39 min
Turkish, Russian and Iranian leaders meet over the war in Syria, Sweden eyes populism amid new general elections, and President Trump’s tariffs could hit $200 billion dollars’ worth of Chinese imports.
Afghan Peace Talks Take Shape, African Leaders In The Spotlight
Aug 23 • 29 min
Moscow moves to host Afghanistan peace talks, and politics in Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo reach a pivotal point.
New Tariffs Hit Chinese Imports, Putin and Merkel Meet in Berlin
Aug 16 • 31 min
The trade war between the United States and China intensifies, and Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel meet in Germany.
Diplomatic Crisis Deepens Between Saudi Arabia and Canada, and Pakistan Swears In New Prime Minister
Aug 9 • 40 min
A war of words between Saudi Arabia and Canada escalates into a diplomatic crisis, Pakistan swears in a new prime minister, and a global heat wave sparks emergencies around the world.
Brexit Deliberations Continue and New U.S. Sanctions on Iran Take Effect
Aug 2 • 40 min
Brexit negotiations continue between Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron, new U.S. sanctions on Iran take effect, and Japan commemorates the seventy-third anniversaries of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Zimbabwe Holds First Presidential Election Without Mugabe and NASA Celebrates 60 Years
Jul 26 • 41 min
Presidential elections are held in Zimbabwe, Ethiopia’s prime minister visits the United States, and NASA marks its 60th anniversary.
Trump Faces Backlash Over Putin Meeting and Latin America Trade Summitry Begins
Jul 19 • 33 min
The White House deals with the aftermath of the meeting between Presidents Donald J. Trump and Vladimir Putin, two trade summits kick off in Latin America, and Xi Jinping travels to Africa on his way to the BRICS summit.