James M. Lindsay

The Water's Edge

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

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Guest Post: Anya Schmemann on the U.S. Education Reform and National Security Report

by Anya Schmemann
Cover of the U.S. Education Reform and National Security report, released March 20, 2012. Cover of the U.S. Education Reform and National Security report, released March 20, 2012.

I had the great pleasure to spend the past two days at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  (Oskee Wow Wow!) To walk the Illinois campus is to see American education at its best. Whether it’s the work being done at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology on electronic nanostructures, or the high-end software being developed at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, or the efforts by the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Program to turn biomass into fuel, to name just a few outstanding research initiatives underway at Illinois, it’s easy to see how education improves our lives, creates jobs, and keeps the United States competitive. Read more »

Guest Post: Anya Schmemann on Putin and Russia’s Election

by Anya Schmemann
Protesters at a rally in Moscow in December 2011. (Sergei Karpukhin/courtesy Reuters) Protesters at a rally in Moscow in December 2011. (Sergei Karpukhin/courtesy Reuters)

Russian voters go to the polls this Sunday to pick their next president. The outcome looks to be a foregone conclusion: Vladimir Putin will likely win more than 50 percent of the vote, avoid a runoff, and return to the presidency. I asked my colleague, Anya Schmemann, who keeps a close eye on Russian politics, to share her assessment of where things stand in Russia. Read more »