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: Al Qaeda Resurfaces in Iraq, Egyptians Vote on a Constitution, and Thais Protest Ahead of Elections

by James M. Lindsay
Sunni gunmen protest against Iraq's Shiite-led government in Fallujah on January 7, 2014. (Stringer/Courtesy Reuters) Sunni gunmen protest against Iraq's Shiite-led government in Fallujah on January 7, 2014. (Stringer/Courtesy Reuters)

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed ongoing violence in Iraq’s Anbar province, Egypt’s constitutional referendum, and anti-government protests in Thailand. Read more »

The World Next Year: 2014 Edition

by James M. Lindsay
Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance, unveils part of the "2014" sign that will light up Times Square at midnight on New Year's Eve. (Mike Segar/Courtesy Reuters) Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance, unveils part of the "2014" sign that will light up Times Square at midnight on New Year's Eve. (Mike Segar/Courtesy Reuters)

Bob McMahon and I typically use our weekly podcast to discuss major foreign policy issues likely to be in the news in the coming week. In honor of the approaching New Year, we changed things up for this podcast and examined the issues likely to dominate world politics in 2014. We discussed budget battles in the United States; the Iran nuclear talks; domestic discontent bubbling up in countries around the world; fracking and energy security; tensions in the East China Sea; and the race for economic opportunities in the Arctic. Paul Stares, director of CFR’s Center for Preventive Action (CPA), joined our conversation to talk about CPA’s newly released Preventive Priorities Survey, which assesses the likelihood and consequences of potential conflicts in 2014. Read more »

The World Next Week: TTIP Talks Resume, Congress Votes on a Budget Deal, and U.S.-Afghan Security Negotiations Continue

by James M. Lindsay
U.S. and European Union flags on display at negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership in Brussels in November. (Francois Lenoir/Courtesy Reuters) U.S. and European Union flags on display at negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership in Brussels in November. (Francois Lenoir/Courtesy Reuters)

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership talks in Washington, a possible U.S. budget deal, and U.S.-Afghan security negotiations. Read more »

The World Next Week: IAEA Inspectors Visit Iran, Protests Continue in Ukraine, and Biden Wraps Up His Asia Trip

by James M. Lindsay
The heavy-water reactor site in Arak, Iran in 2011 (ISNA/Hamid Forootan/Courtesy Reuters) The heavy-water reactor site in Arak, Iran in 2011 (ISNA/Hamid Forootan/Courtesy Reuters)

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections of the heavy water research reactor in Arak, Iran, surging protests in Ukraine, and Vice President Joe Biden’s trip to Asia. 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
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 »

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

by James M. Lindsay
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 »

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

by James M. Lindsay
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
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 »

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
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
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 »