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The Need To Know podcast is a production of the Office of Congressional Relations at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Each episode we will bring our nonpartisan research to life through interviews with experts and practitioners covering the world. Our goal is to bring the best independent research, open dialogue and actionable ideas to congressional staff, policymakers, and anyone else who needs to know.

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Abraham Accords Signing
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Global Alliances & Partnerships
Collateral Damage: Can the Abraham Accords Survive the Israel-Hamas War?
13:59November 21, 2023
Afghan refugee women
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Refugees and Forced Displacement
Ongoing Humanitarian Crisis: The Plight of Afghan Refugees
16:38August 29, 2023
ChatGPT
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Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Regulation
14:21May 31, 2023
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US Politics
Introduction to the Farm Bill
10:54April 4, 2023
NTK Cover with Rudman on Border Security
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US Domestic Policy
Border Security
10:52February 15, 2023
Duncan Wood Energy Security
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Energy Security
Energy Security
21:15January 24, 2023
China: Strategic Interests, Protests, and the Future
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Strategic Competition
China: Strategic Interests, Protests, and the Future
20:17December 20, 2022
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Women & Gender
Examining Protests in Iran and the Arab World
23:40November 2, 2022
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Climate
The Arctic is Hot
19:51September 13, 2022
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Cold War
A Cold War with China?
16:53June 2, 2022
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Security and Defense
Ukraine Invaded... Why?
20:42March 1, 2022
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Economics and Globalization
A Briefing on Protests in Canada
52:43February 15, 2022
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Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
Relationships and Rivalries: Venezuela and Colombia
28:31February 8, 2022
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Security and Defense
Ukraine and A Sliding Scale of Horrors
25:59January 20, 2022
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Democracy
Unrest in Kazakhstan
23:18January 20, 2022
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Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
Relationships and Rivalries: A Fascinating Triangle in Asia
24:28January 20, 2022
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Security and Defense
Relationships and Rivalries: China vs. India?
27:30November 12, 2021
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Science and Technology
Techno-Totalitarianism? China's Cultural Crackdown
31:24September 15, 2021
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Security and Defense
Afghanistan Withdrawal Continues Apace
20:20July 16, 2021
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Science and Technology
High Stakes Deepfakes
26:19April 28, 2021
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Democracy
Military Rule Returns to Myanmar
21:19February 16, 2021
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US Foreign Policy
A Russia Roundtable
41:33February 1, 2021
Hacker with Screens and Virus
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Science and Technology
The Free Fire Zone In Cyberspace
23:47December 11, 2020
Biochemist looking at vial
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Global Health
How to Distribute 7 Billion Vaccines
26:43December 2, 2020
Asia and Australia (globe at night)
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Trade and Development
The RCEP Deal - Is China Writing the Rules Now?
22:13November 20, 2020
Last of Oklahoma Guardsmen leave Afghanistan
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Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
50 Ways to Leave Afghanistan
22:09November 19, 2020
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Coronavirus
Africa and the COVID-19 Challenge
27:31October 29, 2020
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US Foreign Policy
Europe - Why Should We Care?
21:22September 30, 2020
Belarusian protests — Minsk, 23 August - 2020
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Economics and Globalization
So What'd I Miss? The Post Summer Catch Up Show
50:04September 8, 2020
Aid from China and the U.S. to Latin America
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Strategic Competition
Book Chat: U.S. Strategy in the Asian Century
22:02August 18, 2020
October 25 2019: TikTok app logo on a smartphone screen and flags of China and United States. Tiktok WeChat are banned. Apps are in centre of US - China tensions and security concerns.
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Strategic Competition
The Clock is Ticking for TikTok
17:57August 11, 2020
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Disinformation
How To Lose the Information War
21:08July 22, 2020
The streets of Ukraine.
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Governance
Imagine Being Ukraine Right Now
18:06February 20, 2020
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Trade and Development
Trading Views: A Growing Industry
19:04January 23, 2020
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Trade and Development
Trading Views: Set Phasers To One!
21:19January 9, 2020
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Trade and Development
Trading Views: On the Front Lines of a Trade War
23:16January 6, 2020
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Elections
Gaming Out the UK Election
20:57December 17, 2019
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Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
The Tapestry of Syria - Part 2
18:40November 8, 2019
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Strategic Competition
Russia and China, Sitting in a Tree?
22:31October 22, 2019
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Economics and Globalization
Halloween is Coming! Is Brexit?
23:50October 11, 2019
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Science and Technology
It's Meg King... or Maybe It's a Deepfake
18:14September 24, 2019
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Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
Taliban Talks Collapse... Now What?
19:56September 10, 2019
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Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
Negotiations and Love Notes - Where Do The North Korea Nuclear Talks Stand?
23:51September 5, 2019
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International Development
Argentina... and "Peak Podcast"
12:55August 1, 2019
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Nuclear Proliferation/Non-proliferation
Ground Truth on the Iran Nuclear Program
25:14July 23, 2019
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Democracy
Quicktake! What Just Happened in the House?
11:24July 17, 2019
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Democracy
Remember: It's Colombia, Not Columbia
18:29July 16, 2019
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Governance
Foreign Policy On Top Of The World
18:14July 9, 2019
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Elections
Taking a Look at India
15:03June 24, 2019
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Democracy
Understanding the Hong Kong Protests
19:26June 20, 2019
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Democracy
Understanding the US/Russia Relationship
23:03May 15, 2019
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Strategic Competition
Is China Dictating What We See At The Movies?
13:23May 15, 2019

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