James M. Lindsay

The Water's Edge

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

Franklin Williams Fall Internship Opportunity

by James M. Lindsay Tuesday, July 31, 2012
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Franklin Williams Fall Internship Opportunity

Are you a college student interested in learning more about the foreign policy field? Do you know someone who is? If so, consider applying to the Franklin Williams internship at CFR. There are openings both in New York and Washington, DC. You can view the internship posting in its entirety at CFR’s career opportunities page. Read more »

The World Next Week: Romney Travels, Mercosur Meets, EU Catches Flak, and Apple and Samsung Battle

by James M. Lindsay Thursday, July 26, 2012
Mitt Romney speaks to the press following a meeting with British prime minister David Cameron and British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne outside 10 Downing Street in London. (Jason Reed/courtesy Reuters) Mitt Romney speaks to the press following a meeting with British prime minister David Cameron and British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne outside 10 Downing Street in London. (Jason Reed/courtesy Reuters)

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed Mitt Romney’s foreign trip; Mercosur’s special summit in Rio; anger at the EU’s efforts to make foreign airlines pay for their greenhouse gas emissions; and the Apple-Samsung battle over patents. Read more »

The World Next Week: Clinton Meets Morsi, India Picks a President, Hungary Hosts the EU and IMF, and Somalia Struggles

by James M. Lindsay Thursday, July 12, 2012
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton exits a plane in Tbilisi, Georgia in July 2012. Clinton begins a two-day visit to Egypt this weekend. (David Mdzinarishvili/courtesy Reuters) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton exits a plane in Tbilisi, Georgia in July 2012. Clinton begins a two-day visit to Egypt this weekend. (David Mdzinarishvili/courtesy Reuters)

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Egypt; the Indian presidential election; the European Commission-International Monetary Fund visit to Hungary; and the United Nations Security Council debate on Somalia. Read more »

Answers to the July 4th Trivia Quiz

by James M. Lindsay Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Boy Scouts carry an American flag during last year's July 4th parade in Independence, Iowa. (Jessica Rinaldi/courtesy Reuters) Boy Scouts carry an American flag during last year's July 4th parade in Independence, Iowa. (Jessica Rinaldi/courtesy Reuters)

Here are the answers for the second annual TWE July 4th trivia quiz. If you got all the questions right without Googling for the answers, a tip of the TWE cap to you. However well you did, take some time today to read the Declaration of Independence. Its message is timeless. This is a great country. Enjoy the holiday. Read more »

July 4th Trivia Quiz

by James M. Lindsay Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Fireworks light up the sky above the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument during last year's Fourth of July celebrations. (Hyungwon Kang/courtesy Reuters) Fireworks light up the sky above the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument during last year's Fourth of July celebrations. (Hyungwon Kang/courtesy Reuters)

Tomorrow is July 4th, which means that it’s time for the annual TWE July 4th trivia quiz. Below you will find thirteen new questions in honor of the original thirteen colonies that dared to throw off the yoke of British tyranny. Google away for the answers if you wish. Or you can wait until I post the answers tomorrow. Either way, have a fun and safe Fourth of July! Read more »

Hola, Enrique Peña Nieto: President-Elect of Mexico

by James M. Lindsay Monday, July 2, 2012
Mexico's president-elect, Enrique Peña Nieto, speaking after exit polls showed him in first place following Mexico's election on July 1. (Tomas Bravo/courtesy Reuters) Mexico's president-elect, Enrique Peña Nieto, speaking after exit polls showed him in first place following Mexico's election on July 1. (Tomas Bravo/courtesy Reuters)

Enrique Peña Nieto had a very good weekend. While Americans were grumbling about record-breaking heat and residents of Washington, D.C., were learning to live without air conditioning because powerful storms Friday night left them without electricity, he was winning Mexico’s presidential election. With nearly 90 percent of the ballots counted, he looks to have won roughly 38 percent of the vote, handily defeating Andrés Manuel López Obrador of the Partido de la Revolución Democrática (Party of the Democratic Revolution or PRD), who pulled in 32 percent, and Josefina Vázquez Mota of the Partido Acción Nacional (National Action Party or PAN), who pulled in 25 percent. Read more »