James M. Lindsay

The Water's Edge

Lindsay analyzes the politics shaping U.S. foreign policy and the sustainability of American power.

TWE Remembers: George C. Marshall

by James M. Lindsay Friday, December 31, 2010

When I taught “American Foreign Policy” (30:061) at the University of Iowa (Go Hawkeyes!) students would occasionally ask me which American policymaker I most admired.  I never knew whether the question reflected genuine interest or was merely a ruse to ferret out some suspected political bias on my part. Whatever the motive, my answer was always the same—Gen. George C. Marshall, who was born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania on this day in 1880. Read more »

Guest Post: After New START

by James M. Lindsay Friday, December 24, 2010

My good friend and former CFR colleague Jim Goldgeier has graciously agreed to share his thoughts on what the Obama administration should do next now that it has pocketed its victory on New START. Jim is professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, a fellow at the Transatlantic Academy, and co-author of America Between the Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11, which I highly recommend. Read more »

The World Next Year

by James M. Lindsay Thursday, December 23, 2010

Bob McMahon and I sat down for our usual weekly podcast session but with a twist. Rather than discussing what’s on the horizon for next week, we talked about how things look to be shaping up for 2011. We discussed a range of issues, including the continued weakness of the U.S. economy; China’s role in the world; efforts to halt Iran’s nuclear program; the outlook for Iraq and Afghanistan; escalating violence in Mexico; and the pending secession referendum in Sudan.

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Demographics and Destiny

by James M. Lindsay Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Census Bureau released the top-line results of the decennial census yesterday.  The main message is unsurprising.  There are more of us, we are older, we look less like the people who stepped off the Mayflower,  and we are less likely to live in the Northeast and the upper Midwest.  What those trends mean for American politics are the grist for a good debate. Read more »