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: Pena Nieto Assumes Office, Climate Change Conference Continues in Qatar, and NASA Announces Mars Findings

by James M. Lindsay Friday, November 30, 2012
Mexico's president-elect Enrique Pena Nieto talks to the media in Lima, Peru, in September (Mariana Bazo/Courtesy Reuters). Mexico's president-elect Enrique Pena Nieto talks to the media in Lima, Peru, in September (Mariana Bazo/Courtesy Reuters).

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the presidential inauguration in Mexico; the UN Climate Change Conference in Qatar; and the highly anticipated announcement from NASA regarding the Mars Curiosity rover. Read more »

The World Next Week: Obama Visits Myanmar, Catalonia Votes, and International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women Is Marked

by James M. Lindsay Friday, November 16, 2012
Marchers wave Catalonian nationalist flags during a demonstration on Catalan National Day in Barcelona on September 11, 2012 (Albert Gea/Courtesy Reuters). Marchers wave Catalonian nationalist flags during a demonstration on Catalan National Day in Barcelona on September 11, 2012 (Albert Gea/Courtesy Reuters).

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed President Obama’s trip to Myanmar; elections in Catalonia, Spain; and the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Read more »

The World Next Week: Congress Goes Lame Duck, Greece’s Parliament Votes on a Budget, and California Auctions Carbon Pollution Allowances

by James M. Lindsay Thursday, November 8, 2012
President Barack Obama waves to the crowd of supporters in Chicago after winning the 2012 U.S. presidential election (Jim Bourg/Courtesy Reuters). President Barack Obama waves to the crowd of supporters in Chicago after winning the 2012 U.S. presidential election (Jim Bourg/Courtesy Reuters).

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed what the lame duck Congress will do now that President Barack Obama has won a second term; Greece’s vote on a yet another austerity package; and California’s upcoming auction of carbon pollution allowances. Read more »

What Foreign Policy Challenges Will the Next President Face?

by James M. Lindsay Friday, November 2, 2012
A U.S. Army soldier high-fives with an Afghan boy during a patrol in eastern Afghanistan (Umit Bektas/ Courtesy Reuters). A U.S. Army soldier high-fives with an Afghan boy during a patrol in eastern Afghanistan (Umit Bektas/ Courtesy Reuters).

Former New York Times correspondent and current CFR.org consulting editor Bernard Gwertzman interviewed me the other day about the foreign policy challenges awaiting whoever wins next Tuesday’s election. The interview is now up on CFR.org. Read more »

The World Next Week: Hurricane Sandy Revives Climate Change Talk, Americans Vote for President, and China Appoints New Leaders

by James M. Lindsay Friday, November 2, 2012
An American flag stands on top of the devastated Rockaway beach boardwalk in Queens after Hurricane Sandy (Shannon Stapleton/ Courtesy Reuters). An American flag stands on top of the devastated Rockaway beach boardwalk in Queens after Hurricane Sandy (Shannon Stapleton/ Courtesy Reuters).

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy; next week’s presidential election; and China’s change in leadership. Read more »