James M. Lindsay

The Water's Edge

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

Reading Romney on Foreign Policy

by James M. Lindsay Friday, August 31, 2012
Mitt Romney waves as he arrives onstage to accept the nomination during the Republican National Convention in Tampa. (Adrees Latif/ courtesy Reuters) Mitt Romney waves as he arrives onstage to accept the nomination during the Republican National Convention in Tampa. (Adrees Latif/ courtesy Reuters)

The Republican National Convention that wrapped up last night made two things clear: foreign policy will be at best a secondary theme in the GOP push to unseat President Barack Obama, and when the Romney campaign does turn to foreign policy, it will be heavy on criticism and light on specifics about its preferred policies. Read more »

Pussy Riot, the WTO, and a Clash of Civilizations

by Guest Blogger for James M. Lindsay Thursday, August 23, 2012
Pussy Riot supporters demonstrate in front of the Russian consulate in New York. (Lucas Jackson/courtesy Reuters) Pussy Riot supporters demonstrate in front of the Russian consulate in New York. (Lucas Jackson/courtesy Reuters)

The tension between an inward- and outward-looking Russia has been on sharp display this week. On the same day that Moscow slammed Western governments for criticizing the prison sentences given to the members of the oppositionist punk band, Pussy Riot, Russia formally became the 156th member of the World Trade Organization. My colleague Anya Schmemann says the Obama administration is right to criticize the prison sentence and to press Congress to approve permanent normal trade relations with Russia. Read more »

The World Next Week: Morsi Grabs Power, UN Readies to Exit Syria, World Humanitarian Day, and Russia Joins the WTO

by James M. Lindsay Thursday, August 16, 2012
Former Egyptian defense minister Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi receives a medal from Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi at the Presidential Palace in Cairo. (Egyptian Presidency/Handout/courtesy Reuters) Former Egyptian defense minister Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi receives a medal from Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi at the Presidential Palace in Cairo. (Egyptian Presidency/Handout/courtesy Reuters)

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi’s decision to cashier several generals; the impending expiration of the UN observer mission in Syria; World Humanitarian Day; and Russia joining the World Trade Organization (WTO). Read more »

Paul Ryan Likes Bernard Lewis and Free Trade

by James M. Lindsay Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Paul Ryan addresses supporters at a rally in Las Vegas. (Steve Marcus/courtesy Reuters) Paul Ryan addresses supporters at a rally in Las Vegas. (Steve Marcus/courtesy Reuters)

CNN’s Jamie Crawford has a nice piece summarizing Paul Ryan’s foreign policy views. Besides offering a sense of some of the countries the GOP vice presidential nominee has visited in recent years, the post has a link to an interview that Ryan gave back in May to the Washington Examiner. Two of the questions dealt with foreign policy: Read more »

Paul Ryan on Foreign Policy

by James M. Lindsay Monday, August 13, 2012
Mitt Romney claps as vice president select Paul Ryan (R-WI) gives the thumbs up to supporters during a campaign event in Wisconsin. (Shannon Stapleton/courtesy Reuters) Mitt Romney claps as vice president select Paul Ryan (R-WI) gives the thumbs up to supporters during a campaign event in Wisconsin. (Shannon Stapleton/courtesy Reuters)

The weekend’s big news is that Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, to be his running mate.  Republicans are ecstatic over the choice. So are Democrats. One of the two is mistaken. Read more »

The World Next Week: Clinton Visits Turkey, OIC Meets in Mecca, Climate Changes, and Puerto Rico Votes

by James M. Lindsay Thursday, August 9, 2012
Hillary Clinton arrives in Istanbul in June for a "Friends of Syria" meeting. (Saul Loeb/courtesy Reuters) Hillary Clinton arrives in Istanbul in June for a "Friends of Syria" meeting. (Saul Loeb/courtesy Reuters)

The World Next Week podcast is up. Robert McMahon gave up his seat this week so that Toni Johnson and I could discuss Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Turkey; the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) meeting in Mecca; the UN Clean Development Methodology Panel’s meeting in Bonn; and Puerto Rico’s referendum on its political status. Read more »

The World Next Week: Congress’s Recess, Syrian Violence, Hiroshima Anniversary, and NASA’s Mars Mission

by James M. Lindsay Thursday, August 2, 2012
Darkness sets in over the U.S. Capitol building. (Jonathan Ernst/courtesy Reuters) Darkness sets in over the U.S. Capitol building. (Jonathan Ernst/courtesy Reuters)

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed where things stand in Washington as Congress recesses for the summer; the continued violence in Syria; the 67th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing; and the upcoming Mars landing of NASA’s rover, Curiosity. Read more »