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: The Senate Debates Immigration, Cubans Get the Internet, and the Shangri-la Security Summit Begins

by James M. Lindsay Thursday, May 30, 2013
The U.S. Senate's "gang of eight" briefs the press on immigration reform on Capitol Hill in Washington (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). The U.S. Senate's "gang of eight" briefs the press on immigration reform (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the Senate immigration bill, Cuba’s new Internet policies, and the Asia Security Summit.

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TWE Remembers: Memorial Day

by James M. Lindsay Friday, May 24, 2013
Members of the U.S. Army Old Guard place a flag at each of the more than 220,000 graves at Arlington National Cemetery (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). Members of the U.S. Army Old Guard place a flag at each of the more than 220,000 graves at Arlington National Cemetery (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

The United States has fought twelve major wars and numerous smaller skirmishes in its history. Memorial Day is our way of honoring the soldiers, sailors, airmen, airwomen, and marines who did not return home. The holiday dates back to the months immediately following the Civil War when a few towns and cities began honoring their dead. In 1868, General John A. Logan designated May 30 as “Decoration Day,” the purpose of which would be “strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion.” The holiday was renamed Memorial Day after World War I, and its purpose became to honor all Americans who have died fighting the nation’s wars. Read more »

The World Next Week: Nawaz Sharif Becomes Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Joe Biden Visits South America, and the United States Celebrates Memorial Day

by James M. Lindsay Friday, May 24, 2013
Nawaz Sharif casts his vote in Pakistan's May 11 general election (Mohsin Raza/Courtesy Reuters). Nawaz Sharif casts his vote in Pakistan's May 11 general election (Mohsin Raza/Courtesy Reuters).

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the Pakistan’s newly elected prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Joe Biden’s trip to South America, and Memorial Day

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The World Next Week: The U.S. Debt Ceiling Suspension Expires, the African Union Meets, and East Timor Celebrates Its Independence

by James M. Lindsay Friday, May 17, 2013
The U.S. Capitol Building (Mary F. Calvert/Courtesy Reuters). The U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC (Mary F. Calvert/Courtesy Reuters).

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the expiration of the U.S. debt ceiling suspension, the African Union summit in Ethiopia, and the eleventh anniversary of East Timor’s independence. Read more »

TWE Remembers: Churchill’s “Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat”

by James M. Lindsay Monday, May 13, 2013
Former British prime minister Winston Churchill is featured on a new banknote alongside his famous declaration "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat" (Bank of England/Courtesy Reuters). Former British prime minister Winston Churchill is featured on a new banknote alongside his famous declaration "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat" (Bank of England/Courtesy Reuters).

You finally land the job you have long coveted. But many of your colleagues dislike you, and the task you have been given may be undoable. That’s the situation that Winston Churchill found himself in seventy-three years ago today. He responded with a speech that is regarded as one of the greatest ever delivered in the English language—and one that helped rally his country at one of its darkest moments. Read more »

The World Next Week: Erdogan Visits Obama, Israelis Celebrate Statehood, Palestinians Mark al-Nakba Day, the Arctic Council Convenes, and the Cannes Film Festival Begins

by James M. Lindsay Friday, May 10, 2013
President Barack Obama shakes hands with Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters). President Barack Obama shakes hands with Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters).

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s trip to Washington, Israel’s National Day, Palestine’s al-Nakba, the Arctic Council meeting, and the Cannes Film Festival. Read more »