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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.

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.

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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.

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English


Episodes

What’s happening with Hungary’s pandemic power grab?

4/2/2020
This week Hungary's parliament, dominated by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's Fidesz party, granted the prime minister open-ended, broad-reaching emergency powers. Visiting Fellow James Kirchick explains this as the latest step in Hungary's democratic decline and how the coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating the re-nationalization of politics within the European Union. Full show notes and transcript: https://brook.gs/2Uz3mO2 Subscribe to Brookings podcasts on Apple or Google podcasts, or on...

Duration:00:09:05

How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting global energy markets?

3/29/2020
The global economic slowdown due to coronavirus restrictions has caused demand for oil and gas to plummet, while OPEC and Russia's refusal to slow production has vastly over-increased supply, causing an unprecedented plunge in the price of oil. Brookings Fellow Samantha Gross explains what this turmoil means for U.S. oil producers and workers as well as longer-term efforts to fight climate change. Full show notes and transcript: https://brook.gs/3aFFZrT Subscribe to Brookings podcasts on...

Duration:00:09:58

What does the coronavirus crisis mean for unemployment in America?

3/27/2020
The coronavirus pandemic has exposed massive weaknesses in the support systems for U.S. workers. Martha Ross explains that while provisions in the recently passed $2 trillion CARES Act are a good start, they're not sufficient for the magnitude of unemployment and wage shortages particularly facing low-wage workers. Full show notes: https://brook.gs/2Joprbu Subscribe to Brookings podcasts on Apple or Google podcasts, or on Spotify. Send feedback email to BCP@Brookings.edu, and follow us and...

Duration:00:08:13

What’s in the Senate’s $2 trillion economic package?

3/25/2020
After days of intense negotiations, the Senate's expansive coronavirus relief bill "needs to get both the health response right and the economic response right for the economy to do well," says Jay Shambaugh, director of the Hamilton Project at Brookings. Shambaugh explains the different assistance programs for individuals and businesses, how the bill creatively boosts unemployment insurance, and what policymakers' next move should be to continue protecting workers and the economy. Full...

Duration:00:14:35

Do Germany’s border closures signal a new stage in Europe’s COVID-19 response?

3/17/2020
Following Germany's stepped-up response to the coronavirus in Europe, Constanze Stelzenmüller details Germany's new social restrictions, the economic impact of European border closures, and how EU coordination is crucial to protect the more vulnerable nations and societies in Europe. Full show notes: https://brook.gs/2TWInnR Subscribe to Brookings podcasts on Apple or Google podcasts, or on Spotify. Send feedback email to BCP@Brookings.edu, and follow us and tweet us at @policypodcasts on...

Duration:00:12:38

What does the coronavirus crisis mean for European unity?

3/13/2020
While the COVID-19 pandemic is a health crisis, Senior Fellow Tom Wright argues the European Union has a crucial role to play in coordinating national efforts and mitigating the crisis' significant economic impact. In this episode, Wright explains how different countries within Europe are responding, the repercussions of the U.S. European travel ban, and how populist government responses are exacerbating the crisis. Full show notes: https://brook.gs/33lYgr9 Subscribe to Brookings podcasts...

Duration:00:10:08

How is Italy handling the coronavirus crisis?

3/12/2020
Italy has been the European country hardest hit by the COVID-19 virus. Brookings Visiting Fellow Giovanna De Maio looks at Italy's response to the crisis, the economic challenges that will linger even after the virus is gone, and why strong EU coordination is important for combating both the coronavirus and nationalist protectionism. Full show notes: https://brook.gs/2xr1EoG Subscribe to Brookings podcasts on Apple or Google podcasts, or on Spotify. Send feedback email to...

Duration:00:10:20

What drove Biden’s big wins on Super Tuesday?

3/4/2020
Brookings expert John Hudak examines the factors that fueled Joe Biden's dramatic comeback in the Super Tuesday primaries, why Bloomberg's unlimited budget couldn't save his candidacy, and which upcoming states will be the true tests of Biden and Bernie Sanders's visions for the Democratic Party. Full show notes: https://brook.gs/2VJxx6b Subscribe to Brookings podcasts on Apple or Google podcasts, or on Spotify. Send feedback email to BCP@Brookings.edu, and follow us and tweet us at...

Duration:00:11:53

What did Trump’s India trip accomplish?

2/27/2020
U.S. President Donald Trump's state visit to India was overshadowed by sectarian riots in Delhi, but his meetings with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi helped reinforce areas of security cooperation between the world's two largest democracies. In this episode, Senior Fellow Tanvi Madan talks about where trade negotiations stand between the two countries, how concerns about China shape the U.S.-India relationship, and what fueled the outbreak of violence between Hindus and Muslims. Full...

Duration:00:11:54

What will Pompeo’s trip mean for US policy toward Africa?

2/20/2020
Following U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to Ethiopia, Senegal, and Angola, Witney Schneidman lays out the security and governance issues on the agenda in each country, the questions surrounding the Trump administration's plans for trade with the continent, and the need for Pompeo to articulate a more coherent U.S. approach to Africa. Full show notes: https://brook.gs/37Ggqo9 Subscribe to Brookings podcasts on Apple or Google podcasts, or on Spotify. Send feedback email to...

Duration:00:14:00

Why is Duterte canceling the US-Philippines military cooperation agreement?

2/14/2020
This week, President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte announced the cancellation of the 1999 Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States. While withdrawal from the military cooperation pact doesn't dissolve the mutual defense treaty between the two countries, Lindsey Ford warns that it reinforces a narrative of declining U.S. influence and leadership in the Indo-Pacific, and is also a significant loss for the safety and security of the Philippine people. Full show notes:...

Duration:00:10:02

After Iowa and New Hampshire, what’s next for the Democratic race?

2/13/2020
Following the first two contests in the 2020 presidential race, Elaine Kamarck examines how Democratic candidates performed in Iowa and New Hampshire, the future of caucuses in the presidential selection process, and what's important to watch for in the upcoming Nevada and South Carolina contests. Full show notes: https://brook.gs/2tTWK2a Subscribe to Brookings podcasts on Apple or Google podcasts, or on Spotify. Send feedback email to BCP@Brookings.edu, and follow us and tweet us at...

Duration:00:10:44

Will House Dems' infrastructure plan yield results?

2/7/2020
The recently released infrastructure framework from House Democrats is a broad statement of purpose, not a specific legislative agenda, says Adie Tomer, a sign that it's intended more as a platform for generating productive debate over the details--especially the always-contentious funding question. Tomer explains the wide range of programs covered in the proposal, why Democrats are putting it forth now, and why progress on infrastructure priorities is so hard to achieve. Full show notes:...

Duration:00:11:10

Is Trump’s State of the Union a roadmap for 2020?

2/5/2020
President Donald Trump’s third State of the Union address “at many points departed from reality and facts, but laid out a clear strategy and vision that he will have moving forward into his re-election.” John Hudak lays out how the speech anticipates the president’s political and rhetorical tactics and challenges for Democrats in the 2020 campaign. Full show notes: https://brook.gs/2RYBQbt Subscribe to Brookings podcasts on Apple or on Google podcasts, send feedback email to...

Duration:00:10:54

Brexit Day is here. What happens next?

1/30/2020
On January 31, the U.K.'s withdrawal from the European Union is official. Over the next eleven months, the British government will negotiate its future relationships with the EU, the U.S., and the rest of the world. Robert Bosch Senior Fellow Amanda Sloat explains the possibilities and challenges for Britain's trade relationships, how Brexit day will affect EU citizens currently living and working in the U.K, and regional tensions within the U.K. being exacerbated by Brexit. Full show...

Duration:00:12:24

What does Trump’s Middle East plan mean for Israel and Palestine?

1/29/2020
After President Trump announced his plan for the future of Israel and the Palestinian territories, Tamara Cofman Wittes explains how this one differs from previous U.S. peace proposals, the conditions placed on Palestinian statehood, and whether the plan, if implemented, would actually resolve the long-standing conflict. Full show notes: https://brook.gs/2U8n1EA Subscribe to Brookings podcasts on Apple or on Google podcasts, send feedback email to BCP@Brookings.edu, and follow us and tweet...

Duration:00:13:14

What does Putin’s government shakeup mean for his role in Russia?

1/17/2020
Russian President Vladimir Putin's proposed sweeping constitutional changes have stirred speculation about his plans to maintain power after his term of office expires in 2024. Russia expert Angela Stent, author of "Putin's World," interprets Putin's latest moves, the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and the rest of the current government, and what to watch for during the next few months. Full show notes: https://brook.gs/3anSPee Subscribe to Brookings podcasts on Apple or on...

Duration:00:08:21

Will the new US-China trade deal end the trade war?

1/16/2020
The U.S. and China recently signed what's being called "phase one" of a trade agreement, rolling back some tariffs on Chinese goods in exchange for China promising increased purchases of U.S. goods and services. David Dollar breaks down the details of the new deal, including China's commitments on intellectual property rights and technology transfers, whether the U.S. can increase production to meet those export goals, and the likelihood of any further concessions anytime soon.

Duration:00:11:15

What does Taiwan’s presidential election mean for relations with China?

1/13/2020
The landslide reelection of Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen was in many ways a referendum on how Taiwan manages its relationship with China. Brookings Senior Fellow Richard Bush explains why Taiwan's electorate preferred President Tsai's cautious approach, how other domestic political and economic factors weighed in her favor, and possible lessons from this election on combating disinformation. Full show notes: https://brook.gs/2TjdiuQ Subscribe to Brookings podcasts on Apple or on Google...

Duration:00:12:46

How will Iran respond to US assassination of Soleimani?

1/3/2020
Following the U.S. killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad, Brookings expert Suzanne Maloney lays out how Iran may choose to retaliate and the potential repercussions for the U.S., Iraq, and the broader Middle East. She also warns that the cycle of escalation may be moving beyond either the U.S. or Iran's control. Full show notes: https://brook.gs/2ZPntIY Subscribe to Brookings podcasts on Apple or on Google podcasts, send feedback email to BCP@Brookings.edu, and follow us...

Duration:00:09:52