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: Georgia Votes for President, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Reports on Syria, Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Maliki Visits Washington, and the World Series Returns

by James M. Lindsay Thursday, October 24, 2013
A man passes campaign posters in Tbilisi, Georgia (David Mdzinarishvili/Courtesy Reuters). A man passes campaign posters in Tbilisi, Georgia (David Mdzinarishvili/Courtesy Reuters).

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the Georgian presidential elections, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) report on Syrian chemical weapons, Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki’s trip to Washington, and the 109th World Series. Read more »

The World Next Week: Congress Averts a Debt Crisis, Indian Prime Minister Singh Visits Beijing, and Pakistani Prime Minister Sharif Visits Washington

by James M. Lindsay Thursday, October 17, 2013
Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) appear at a news conference after passage of a stopgap budget and debt legislation. (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters). Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) appear at a news conference after passage of a stopgap budget and debt legislation. (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters).

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the next steps for Congress after avoiding the debt ceiling, Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to China, and the upcoming meeting of President Obama and Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Washington. Read more »

The World Next Week: Debt Debate Continues, Iran Talks Convene in Geneva, the African Union Discusses the ICC, and Saudi Arabia Faces MERS Fears

by James M. Lindsay Thursday, October 10, 2013
Furloughed federal workers join a rally to demand a vote to end the government shutdown (Johnathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters). Furloughed federal workers join a rally to demand a vote to end the government shutdown (Johnathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters).

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the ongoing debt ceiling debate, negotiations in Geneva on Iran’s nuclear program, the African Union summit in Ethiopia, and Saudi Arabia’s preparations during the hajj for a potentially deadly virus. Read more »

Is America’s Global Influence in Decline?

by James M. Lindsay Friday, October 4, 2013

Earlier this week, I did an interview for the show Digital Age with host Jim Zirin. The topic was “Is America’s global influence in decline?” I don’t know that I actually answered Jim’s question, but over the course of our conversation we discussed the partial government slowdown, the Snowden affair, the possible balkanization of the Internet, President Obama’s sagging approval ratings, Congress’s reluctance to endorse military action against Syria, the limits of military force, Iran’s nuclear intentions, and Egypt’s future, among other topics. Read more »

The World Next Week: The Debt Ceiling Looms, Obama Attends APEC and ASEAN Summits (Maybe)

by James M. Lindsay Thursday, October 3, 2013
A corridor is closed to foot traffic at the U.S. Capitol (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters). A corridor closed to foot traffic at the U.S. Capitol (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters).

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the ongoing government shutdown and the approaching deadline for the debt ceiling, the APEC Summit in Bali, and the ASEAN summit in Brunei. Read more »