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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CFR Report on Protecting an Open and Global Internet Released Today

by Guest Blogger for James M. Lindsay
(Kacper Pempel/Courtesy Reuters) (Kacper Pempel/Courtesy Reuters)

On the eve of President Obama’s “shirt-sleeves summit” with Chinese president Xi Jinping in California, the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. Policy in the Digital Age today released its report, Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet. The Task Force is co-chaired by former deputy secretary of state and director of national intelligence John D. Negroponte and former chairman of the board and CEO of IBM Samuel J. Palmisano, and is directed by Adam Segal, CFR’s Maurice R. Greenberg senior fellow for China studies. I asked my colleague Anya Schmemann, who directs CFR’s Task Force Program, to highlight some takeaways from the report. Read more »

Seeking Applicants: 2013–2014 International Affairs Fellowship in South Korea, sponsored by the Asan Institute for Policy Studies

by James M. Lindsay
CFR's New York Office CFR's New York Office

Are you a mid-career scholar or professional interested in spending time and working on research in Seoul, South Korea? Do you have an interest in U.S.-South Korea relations? Do you know someone who does? If so, you should consider CFR’s 2013–2014 International Affairs Fellowship in South Korea (IAF-SK), sponsored by the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Read more »

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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CFR Seeking Applicants: 2013–2014 International Affairs Fellowship in Nuclear Security, sponsored by the Stanton Foundation

by James M. Lindsay
CFR's New York Office CFR's New York Office

Are you a college or university professor interested in nuclear terrorism, nuclear proliferation, nuclear weapons, nuclear force posture, or the security implications of nuclear energy? Do you know someone who is? If so, you should consider CFR’s 2013–2014 International Affairs Fellowship in Nuclear Security (IAF-NS), sponsored by the Stanton Foundation. Read more »

Franklin Williams Fall Internship Opportunity

by James M. Lindsay
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Franklin Williams Fall Internship Opportunity

Are you a college student interested in learning more about the foreign policy field? Do you know someone who is? If so, consider applying to the Franklin Williams internship at CFR. There are openings both in New York and Washington, DC. You can view the internship posting in its entirety at CFR’s career opportunities page. Read more »

No Apology: Obama Touts Foreign Policy Feats in State of the Union

by James M. Lindsay
President Barack Obama waves after the State of the Union address on January 24, 2012. (Jason Reed/courtesy Reuters) President Barack Obama waves after the State of the Union address on January 24, 2012. (Jason Reed/courtesy Reuters)

CFR.org has posted my instant-analysis of President Obama’s remarks last night on foreign policy. If Mitt Romney gave us the No Apology campaign book, Obama has now given us the “No Apology” State of the Union address. The pummeling he has been getting from Republicans on his handling of foreign policy hasn’t dimmed his confidence one bit: Read more »

Obama, Foreign Policy, and the State of the Union

by James M. Lindsay
President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address in 2011. (Molly Riley/courtesy Reuters) President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address in 2011. (Molly Riley/courtesy Reuters)

ForeignAffairs.com has just published what journalists call a “curtain raiser” that I wrote on what President Obama will likely say about foreign policy in tonight’s State of the Union address. My argument in a nutshell is that while jobs and the economy will get top billing: Read more »