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: Egypt’s Transition Continues, the UN Security Council Discusses Conflicts in Africa and Protection for Journalists, and North and South Korea Resume Talks

by James M. Lindsay Friday, July 12, 2013
Opponents of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi celebrate in Alexandria on July 7 (Louafi Larbi/Courtesy Reuters). Opponents of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi celebrate in Alexandria on July 7 (Louafi Larbi/Courtesy Reuters).

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon has the week off, so my good friend and colleague Stewart Patrick pinch hit in his place. We discussed Egypt’s tumultuous transition, the UN Security Council’s discussions on African conflicts and the protection of journalists worldwide, and the talks between North and South Korea to reopen the Kaesong industrial complex. Read more »

Answers to the July 4th Trivia Quiz

by James M. Lindsay Thursday, July 4, 2013
People gather to watch the Independence Day fireworks display in Independence, Iowa (Jessica Rinaldi/Courtesy Reuters). People gather to watch the Independence Day fireworks display in Independence, Iowa (Jessica Rinaldi/Courtesy Reuters).

Here are the answers for the third 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 Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Fireworks light up the sky over Washington, seen from the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington, Virginia (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters). Fireworks light up the sky over Washington, seen from the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington, Virginia (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters).

Tomorrow is July 4th. It’s my favorite holiday: it celebrates a great historical event, hot dogs are the food of the day, and I don’t have to buy anyone a present. To celebrate the holiday, I am offering up the annual TWE July 4th trivia quiz, which began in 2011 and was repeated again in 2012. Below you will find thirteen new questions in honor of the original thirteen colonies that threw 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 »