James M. Lindsay

The Water's Edge

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

Will Congress Overrule Obama’s Iran Nuclear Deal?

by James M. Lindsay Monday, November 25, 2013
President Barack Obama speaks on November 23, 2013 about the nuclear deal with Iran. (Joshua Roberts/Courtesy Reuters) President Barack Obama speaks on November 23, 2013 about the nuclear deal with Iran. (Joshua Roberts/Courtesy Reuters)

President Obama’s “historic” deal with Iran is getting panned on Capitol Hill. And not just by Republicans. Senator Chuck Schumer, the number three Senate Democrat, and Senator Bob Menendez, the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, are promising to work with their Republican colleagues on new sanctions legislation. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said last week he would schedule a sanctions vote when the Senate returns in two weeks from its Thanksgiving break. Read more »

The World Next Week: The EU and Ukraine Discuss a Trade Deal, the European Court of Human Rights Reviews France’s “Burqa Ban,” and Mali Elects Its Parliament

by James M. Lindsay Thursday, November 21, 2013
Ukrainian and EU flags are displayed before a session of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on November 21, 2013 (Gleb Garanich/Courtesy Reuters). Ukrainian and EU flags are displayed before a session of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on November 21, 2013 (Gleb Garanich/Courtesy Reuters).

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the trade negotiations between the European Union and Ukraine, the European Court on Human Rights’ deliberations on France’s “burqa ban,” and the Malian elections. Read more »

Does Congress Shape the Conduct of American Diplomacy?

by James M. Lindsay Wednesday, November 20, 2013
The U.S. Capitol building (Jim Bourg/Courtesy Reuters). The U.S. Capitol building (Jim Bourg/Courtesy Reuters).

Yesterday marked the 94th anniversary of one of the most significant turning points in American foreign policy history: the Senate’s vote to reject the Treaty of Versailles. By coincidence, yesterday also saw World Politics Review publish a piece I wrote entitled “Backseat Driving: The Role of Congress in American Diplomacy.” Here is an excerpt to give you a flavor of the argument: Read more »

The World Next Week: Iran Talks Resume in Geneva, Chile Votes for President, and New Space Missions Launch

by James M. Lindsay Thursday, November 14, 2013
P5+1 foreign ministers meet with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the Iran nuclear talks in Geneva on November 9, 2013 (Jason Reed/ Courtesy Reuters). P5+1 foreign ministers meet with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the Iran nuclear talks in Geneva on November 9, 2013 (Jason Reed/ Courtesy Reuters).

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the ongoing Iranian nuclear negotiations, the Chilean presidential election, and the space missions launching next week. Read more »

Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

by James M. Lindsay Sunday, November 10, 2013
U.S. Marine Corps Major General Michael Dana uses a saber to slice a cake for the Marines' 237th birthday (Chip East/Courtesy Reuters). U.S. Marine Corps Major General Michael Dana uses a saber to slice a cake for the Marines' 237th birthday (Chip East/Courtesy Reuters).

The Marine Corps turns 238 years-old today. On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution to create a Marine force composed of two battalions. Since then, the Marines have been “from the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli” and many other places as well. Read more »

The World Next Week: UN Climate Change Conference Begins in Poland, the IAEA Visits Iran, and TTIP Negotiations Resume

by James M. Lindsay Thursday, November 7, 2013
A wind farm in Guazhou, China (Carlos Barria/Courtesy Reuters). A wind farm in Guazhou, China (Carlos Barria/Courtesy Reuters).

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the upcoming conference on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) meeting in Tehran, and the second round of talks between the United States and the European Union to reach a deal for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Read more »

The World Next Week: Iran Talks Resume in Geneva, Senate Armed Services Committee Hears About Sequestration, and the World Chess Championship Begins

by James M. Lindsay Friday, November 1, 2013
Delegations meet at the United Nations offices in Geneva for the Iran nuclear talks (Fabrice Coffrini/Courtesy Reuters). Delegations meet at the United Nations offices in Geneva for the Iran nuclear talks (Fabrice Coffrini/Courtesy Reuters).

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed next week’s nuclear talks in Geneva, the Senate Armed Services Committee’s hearing on the effects of sequestration, and the World Chess Championships in India. Read more »