James M. Lindsay

The Water's Edge

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

Guest Post: Steven Cook and Anya Schmemann on the U.S.-Turkey Relations Task Force Report

by Guest Blogger for James M. Lindsay Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Turkey-task-Force-20120508 Cover of the new CFR Independent Task Force Report "U.S.-Turkey Relations: A New Partnership," released May 8, 2012.

On Sunday, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan visited a Syrian refugee camp in southeastern Turkey and declared that the Assad regime’s days are numbered. Over the last few months, Turkey has taken a leadership role confronting the crisis in next door Syria.

As a new CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report on Turkey released today notes, Turkey’s position on Syria is Read more »

Hello, François Hollande: President of France

by James M. Lindsay Monday, May 7, 2012
Hollande-France-President-20120507 Francois Hollande, Socialist Party president-elect of France, waves to supporters in Toulouse. (Regis Duvignau/courtesy Reuters)

Streaks are made to be broken. After seventeen years on the outside looking in, a Socialist Party candidate has finally returned to the French presidency. François Hollande defeated Nicolas Sarkozy by four percentage points, 52 percent to 48 percent. Hollande’s victory marked the first time in more than four decades that an incumbent French president lost his reelection bid. The man who vanquished the incumbent back in 1981 was François Mitterand, the last Read more »

The World Next Week: France Votes, Putin Returns, North Korea May Test, and Clinton Visits India and Bangladesh

by James M. Lindsay Thursday, May 3, 2012
Francois Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy are seen before their televised debate on May 2, 2012. (Pool New/courtesy Reuters)

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the second and final round of France’s presidential elections; Vladimir Putin’s return as president of Russia; a possible North Korean nuclear test; and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Bangladesh and India.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

The highlights: Read more »