James M. Lindsay

The Water's Edge

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

Obama Asks Congress to Vote on Syria

by James M. Lindsay Saturday, August 31, 2013
President Barack Obama makes remarks on the situation in Syria at the Rose Garden of the White House (Mike Theiler/Courtesy Reuters). President Barack Obama makes remarks on the situation in Syria at the Rose Garden of the White House (Mike Theiler/Courtesy Reuters).

President Obama’s announcement that he is asking Congress to authorize the use of military force against Syria comes as welcome news to proponents of the view that presidents cannot unilaterally initiate the use of military force. Although Obama endorsed that view back in 2007 before he became president, he pointedly declined to ask Congress to authorize U.S. military action against Libya in 2011. Read more »

The World Next Week: Talk of a U.S. Military Strike Against Syria Grows, G20 Meets in St. Petersburg, Obama Visits Sweden

by James M. Lindsay Thursday, August 29, 2013
UN chemical weapons experts inspect one of the sites of an alleged poison gas attack in a Damascus suburb (Abo Alnour Alhaji/Courtesy Reuters). UN chemical weapons experts inspect one of the sites of an alleged poison gas attack in a Damascus suburb (Abo Alnour Alhaji/Courtesy Reuters).

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the possibility of the United States attacking Syria, the upcoming G20 summit in St. Petersburg, and Obama’s trip to Sweden. Read more »

The World Next Week: Egyptian Military Crushes Protests, Japan and Russia Discuss Kuril Islands Dispute, and Al-Jazeera America Debuts

by James M. Lindsay Thursday, August 15, 2013
Military police stand outside the Rabaa Adawiya mosque in Cairo on August 15 (Mohamed Abd El Ghany/ Courtesy Reuters). Military police stand outside the Rabaa Adawiya mosque in Cairo on August 15 (Mohamed Abd El Ghany/ Courtesy Reuters).

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed Egypt’s continuing turmoil, the territorial dispute between Japan and Russia, and the debut of al-Jazeera America.

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The World Next Week: U.S. Embassies Reopen, AGOA Forum Convenes in Addis Ababa, Mali Holds a Runoff Election

by James M. Lindsay Thursday, August 8, 2013
The U.S. embassy in Baghdad (Lucas Jackson/Courtesy Reuters). The U.S. embassy in Baghdad (Lucas Jackson/Courtesy Reuters).

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the reopening of U.S. embassies in the Middle East, the U.S.-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum in Addis Ababa, and Mali’s runoff presidential election. Read more »

The World Next Week: Iranian President-Elect Rouhani Takes Office, Obama Celebrates His 52nd Birthday, Japan Sends the First Robotic Astronaut Into Space

by James M. Lindsay Thursday, August 1, 2013
Supporters of Hassan Rohani celebrate his victory in Iran's presidential election (Fars News/Sina Shiri/Courtesy Reuters). Supporters of Hassan Rouhani celebrate his victory in Iran's presidential election (Fars News/Sina Shiri/Courtesy Reuters).

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed Iranian president-elect Hassan Rouhani, President Obama’s birthday and his progress in his second term, and Japan’s robotic astronaut launching into space. Read more »