James M. Lindsay

The Water's Edge

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

The World Next Week: Dollars for Defense

by James M. Lindsay Thursday, February 10, 2011
Protesters rally against American Raymond Davis in Lahore, Pakistan on February 3, 2011.

Protesters rally against American Raymond Davis in Lahore, Pakistan on February 3, 2011. (Mohsin Raza/courtesy Reuters)

The podcast for The World Next Week is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the Defense Department’s FY2012 budget request; the arrest and jailing of a U.S. diplomat in Lahore, Pakistan; Turkish President Abdullah Gul’s upcoming visit to Tehran; and the UN Human Rights Commissioner’s trip to Moscow.

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TWE Remembers: Joseph McCarthy’s Wheeling Speech

by James M. Lindsay Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Senate Resolution 301: Censure of Senator Joseph McCarthy

Senate Resolution 301: Censure of Senator Joseph McCarthy. (Courtesy the National Archives)

Sixty-one years ago tonight Sen. Joseph McCarthy gave the speech to the Republican Women’s Club of Wheeling, West Virginia that ushered in the ugly era of McCarthyism.

McCarthy was beginning his fourth year in the Senate when he traveled to Wheeling. His tenure to that point had been decidedly undistinguished; the Senate press corps had voted him “the worst U.S. senator” in office. The Wheeling speech may have validated that assessment, but it made McCarthy a national figure overnight.

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The World Next Week: Egyptians Protest, Europeans Fret, Haitians Vote

by James M. Lindsay Thursday, February 3, 2011
Pro-Mubarak supporters surrender to opposition demonstrators during rioting near Tahrir Square in Cairo.

Pro-Mubarak supporters surrender to opposition demonstrators during rioting near Tahrir Square in Cairo. (Suhaib Salem/courtesy Reuters)

The podcast for The World Next Week is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the protests in Egypt; the anniversary of the Treaty of Maastricht; President Obama’s upcoming address before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Haiti’s presidential election prospects; and the most important sporting event of them all, the Super Bowl.

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TWE Remembers: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

by James M. Lindsay Wednesday, February 2, 2011
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. (Courtesy the National Archives)

Today marks the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo formally ending the Mexican-American War. As you might have guessed, the treaty was signed in Guadalupe Hidalgo, which is just outside of Mexico City. Under the terms of the treaty the United States received California, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. In return, Mexico received $15 million and Washington agreed to pick up the tab for $3.25 million in claims that U.S. citizens had against the Mexican government. Read more »