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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The World Next Week: Biden and Ryan Debate, Venezuela Votes, and the Nobel Peace Prize Is Awarded

by James M. Lindsay
Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, which hosted a vice presidential debate on October 4, 2000, will host another vice presidential debate on October 11, 2012. (Jeff Christensen/ courtesy Reuters) Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, which hosted a vice presidential debate on October 4, 2000, will host another vice presidential debate on October 11, 2012. (Jeff Christensen/ courtesy Reuters)

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the vice presidential debate; presidential elections in Venezuela; and nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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The World Next Week: Obama and Romney Debate, Netanyahu Visits the United States, the UN Talks Freedom of Speech, and Georgia Votes Amid Scandal

by James M. Lindsay
Jim Lehrer, seen here moderating the first 2008 presidential debate, will moderate next week's presidential debate at the University of Denver. (Chip Somodevilla/ courtesy Reuters) Jim Lehrer, seen here moderating the first 2008 presidential debate, will moderate next week's presidential debate at the University of Denver. (Chip Somodevilla/ courtesy Reuters)

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the first presidential debate; Israeli prime minister Netanyahu’s visit to the United States; freedom of speech; and Georgia’s parliamentary elections. Read more »

Obama Speaks to the UN General Assembly

by James M. Lindsay
President Barack Obama addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly. (Shannon Stapleton/ courtesy Reuters) President Barack Obama addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly. (Shannon Stapleton/ courtesy Reuters)

CFR.org just posted a First Take that I did on President Obama’s speech to the UN General Assembly this morning.  The speech was fairly predictable, and it was undoubtedly aimed as much at American voters as it was to the delegates in the auditorium. Obama denounced the recent wave of attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities, defended freedom of speech, called for the condemnation of hatred and intolerance directed at any religion, and warned yet again of the dangers that a nuclear-armed Iran would pose. Read more »

The World Next Week: UN General Assembly Meets, Aung San Suu Kyi Visits the United States, and Islands Divide China and Japan

by James M. Lindsay
UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the United Nations in New York. (UN Photo/Mark Garten/ courtesy Reuters) UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the United Nations in New York. (UN Photo/Mark Garten/ courtesy Reuters)

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the upcoming meeting of the UN General Assembly; Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to the United States; and China and Japan’s bickering over some tiny islands. Read more »

Public Opinion and the Political Fallout of the Embassy Attacks

by James M. Lindsay
President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton deliver remarks during a transfer ceremony of the remains of U.S. ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans killed this week in Benghazi. (Jason Reed/ courtesy Reuters) President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton deliver remarks during a transfer ceremony of the remains of U.S. ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans killed this week in Benghazi. (Jason Reed/ courtesy Reuters)

The Pew Research Center is out with a new poll on American reactions to last week’s attacks on the U.S. embassies in Cairo and Libya. Contrary to speculation that the attacks would hurt President Obama politically—speculation that likened Obama to Jimmy Carter and the Iranian hostage crisis–Pew’s results suggest that at least among people following the story—the attacks  have done more to hurt Governor Romney. Read more »

Foreign Policy and Campaign 2012

by James M. Lindsay
President Obama waves as he arrives to address delegates at the Democratic National Convention. (Jason Reed/ courtesy Reuters) President Obama waves as he arrives to address delegates at the Democratic National Convention. (Jason Reed/ courtesy Reuters)

CFR.org just posted an interview I did with former New York Times correspondent Bernard Gwertzman looking at the role foreign policy will likely play in the remaining two months of the presidential campaign. Along the way we discussed President Obama’s acceptance speech last night, reviewed where the candidates stand on major issues like Iran’s nuclear program, and recalled how another tight presidential race was tipped in part by a candidate’s misstep in a critical foreign policy debate. Read more »

The World Next Week: September 11, the November Election, and Ben Bernanke

by James M. Lindsay
President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, former president George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush walk beside the north pool of the World Trade Center Memorial during ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on September 11, 2011. (Larry Downing/ courtesy Reuters) President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, former president George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush walk beside the north pool of the World Trade Center Memorial during ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on September 11, 2011. (Larry Downing/ courtesy Reuters)

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks; the home stretch of the presidential campaign; and what Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will decide at next week’s meeting of the Fed’s policymaking committee. Read more »

Reading Romney on Foreign Policy

by James M. Lindsay
Mitt Romney waves as he arrives onstage to accept the nomination during the Republican National Convention in Tampa. (Adrees Latif/ courtesy Reuters) Mitt Romney waves as he arrives onstage to accept the nomination during the Republican National Convention in Tampa. (Adrees Latif/ courtesy Reuters)

The Republican National Convention that wrapped up last night made two things clear: foreign policy will be at best a secondary theme in the GOP push to unseat President Barack Obama, and when the Romney campaign does turn to foreign policy, it will be heavy on criticism and light on specifics about its preferred policies. Read more »

The World Next Week: Morsi Grabs Power, UN Readies to Exit Syria, World Humanitarian Day, and Russia Joins the WTO

by James M. Lindsay
Former Egyptian defense minister Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi receives a medal from Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi at the Presidential Palace in Cairo. (Egyptian Presidency/Handout/courtesy Reuters) Former Egyptian defense minister Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi receives a medal from Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi at the Presidential Palace in Cairo. (Egyptian Presidency/Handout/courtesy Reuters)

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi’s decision to cashier several generals; the impending expiration of the UN observer mission in Syria; World Humanitarian Day; and Russia joining the World Trade Organization (WTO). Read more »

Paul Ryan Likes Bernard Lewis and Free Trade

by James M. Lindsay
Paul Ryan addresses supporters at a rally in Las Vegas. (Steve Marcus/courtesy Reuters) Paul Ryan addresses supporters at a rally in Las Vegas. (Steve Marcus/courtesy Reuters)

CNN’s Jamie Crawford has a nice piece summarizing Paul Ryan’s foreign policy views. Besides offering a sense of some of the countries the GOP vice presidential nominee has visited in recent years, the post has a link to an interview that Ryan gave back in May to the Washington Examiner. Two of the questions dealt with foreign policy: Read more »