James M. Lindsay

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

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TWE Celebrates Presidents’ Day

by James M. Lindsay
President George W. Bush meets with former presidents and President-elect Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, January 2009. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) President George W. Bush meets with former presidents and President-elect Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, January 2009. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Today is Presidents’ Day. It is a TWE tradition to recognize the forty-three men—and they have all been men, though that may change next January 20—who have been president on Presidents’ Day by posting the following essay. If you are lucky enough to have today off, enjoy: Read more »

A Presidents’ Day Quiz

by James M. Lindsay
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk out to the presidential helicopter with former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura after President Obama’s inauguration in 2009. (Tannen Maury/Reuters) President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk out to the presidential helicopter with former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura after President Obama’s inauguration in 2009. (Tannen Maury/Reuters)

Monday is Presidents’ Day. To get you in the proper celebratory mood, TWE presents its fifth annual Presidents’ Day quiz.

If you have your own presidential trivia questions, please post them in the comments so everyone can take a crack at answering them. And if you are feeling up to it, you can try the quizzes from 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 as well. Read more »

Ten World Figures Who Died in 2015

by James M. Lindsay
Sun sets over Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur (Zainal Abd Halim/Courtesy Reuters) The sun sets over the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. (Zainal Abd Halim/Courtesy Reuters)

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2015 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten world figures who died this year. Each made a mark on history. Some were heroes; some were villains. And for some, whether they were a hero or villain is your call to make. Read more »

Ten American Foreign Policy Influentials Who Died in 2015

by James M. Lindsay
American flags fly at half-staff in Washington, D.C. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters) American flags fly at half-staff in Washington, D.C. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters)

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also a time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2015 who through their vision, service, intellect, or courage helped shape U.S. foreign policy. They will be missed. Read more »

Ten Historical Anniversaries of Note in 2016

by James M. Lindsay
Pearl Harbor survivor at the "Remembrance Wall" at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Hugh Gentry/Courtesy Reuters) Pearl Harbor survivor at the "Remembrance Wall" at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Hugh Gentry/Courtesy Reuters)

Anniversaries are how we mark the passage time of time, celebrate our triumphs, and honor our losses. Two thousand and fifteen witnessed several significant historical anniversaries: the octocentennial of the Magna Carta, the bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo, and the twenty-fifth anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison to name a few. Two thousand and sixteen will also see anniversaries of many significant events in world history. Here are ten of note: Read more »

Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

by James M. Lindsay
U.S. Marines, currently stationed in Cuba, stand at the ready for the raising of the U.S. flag over the newly reopened embassy in Havana, Cuba, August 14, 2015. (REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool) U.S. Marines, currently stationed in Cuba, stand at the ready for the raising of the U.S. flag over the newly reopened embassy in Havana, Cuba, August 14, 2015. (REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool)

The Marine Corps turns 240 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 »

July 4th Trivia Quiz

by James M. Lindsay
Independence Day fireworks light the sky over Washington. Independence Day fireworks light the sky over the U.S. Capitol, Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Tomorrow is July 4—the best of all American holidays. To mark the occasion, here is the annual TWE July 4 trivia quiz to test your knowledge of all things related to this glorious day in American history. You can see the previous quizzes herehere, here, and here. Below are thirteen new questions in honor of the original thirteen colonies that threw off the yoke of British tyranny. You’ll find a link to the answers at the bottom of the post. Have a fun and safe Fourth of July! Read more »

The Vietnam War in Forty Quotes

by James M. Lindsay
Johnson Reelection President Johnson announces that he will not seek reelection in 1968. (White House Photograph Office/National Archives and Records Administration)

Last month, I did a series of posts commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the arrival of U.S. combat troops in Vietnam on March 8, 1965. Today marks another significant date in the Vietnam War: the fortieth anniversary of the Fall of Saigon. To mark that anniversary, here are forty quotes that tell the story of the Vietnam War. Read more »

TWE Remembers: The First U.S. Combat Troops Arrive in Vietnam

by James M. Lindsay
Marines Vietnam Da Nang A machine gunner and a rifleman from the 5th Marine Regiment fire at the enemy near the Demilitarized Zone in Vietnam. (National Archives and Records Administration)

Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the arrival of the first American combat troops in Vietnam. On March 8, 1965, 3,500 Marines of the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade arrived in Da Nang to protect the U.S. airbase there from Viet Cong attacks. Despite advance warning they were about to be deployed, many of the Marines were surprised when their deployment orders came down on Sunday, March 7. Based at Okinawa at the time, more than a few of them had been, in the words of Philip Caputo, the author of the acclaimed A Rumor of War and one of those 3,500 marines, “enjoying a weekend of I and I—intercourse and intoxication.” Less than twenty-four hours later they were in a combat zone. Read more »

Iconic Images of the Vietnam War

by James M. Lindsay

All week long, I have been posting my picks for the best histories, memoirs, films, songs, and novels about the Vietnam War. Vietnam dominated U.S. foreign policy for a decade and divided the American public. Here are some iconic images from a clash that still weighs on American foreign policy. A word of caution: the slideshow below contains graphic photos that you may find disturbing. Read more »