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Need to Know

Jul 22, 2021

Nicaragua's president has jailed the opposition ahead of the presidential election in a bid to stay in power. Global Fellow Eric Olson takes us through the situation, and what it means for US interests (and dollars) in the region.


Jul 16, 2021

We catch up with resident Afghanistan expert Michael Kugelman, hearkening back to our last Afghanistan episode in May.  We evaluate his predictions, and how he sees things going as US troops continue to pull out of the region.


Jun 11, 2021

If you've gone shopping for lumber lately, you know. Prices are sky high. But why? Of course we know the pandemic has affected supply chains, but with lumber, there is more going on. Canada Institute Director Chris Sands helps us understand the complexities of the lumber market and the interplay with our...


May 27, 2021

Media Studies expert, China watcher, and friend of the Need to Know Podcast, Aynne Kokas comes back to talk about John Cena's faux pas regarding China and Taiwan - and why western celebrities always seem quick to apologize for such things.

Also see Aynne's recent congressional testimony...


May 7, 2021

After 20 years, the United States will be withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. Our resident South Asia expert Michael Kugelman walks us through the hurdles and challenges we will have to watch out for in the foreseeable future. Plus, a quick look at the COVID-19 resurgence in India.