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

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Democratic presidential challengers participate in the ninth Democratic debate in Las Vegas on February 19, 2020. Mike Blake/Reuters

Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: The Las Vegas Democratic Debate

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: foreign policy is AWOL in Las Vegas; Bloomberg and Warren talk about Latin America; and foreign policy advisors. Read More

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A Presidents’ Day Quiz
Monday is Presidents’ Day. To get you in the proper celebratory mood, TWE presents its ninth annual Presidents’ Day quiz. If you are feeling up to it, you can try the quizzes from 2012, 2013, 2014, 2…
Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: President Trump’s New Land-Mine Policy
Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: Democrats vow to reverse the Trump administration’s new land-mine policy, the candidates participate in CNN “town hall” meetings, and the New York Times unveils the results of its candidate foreign policy questionnaire.
Election 2020
The President's Inbox: What Should U.S. Policy Toward China Be?
Each week I’m talking with two experts with differing views on how the United States should handle a foreign policy challenge it faces. These special episodes are part of CFR’s Election 2020 activities, which are made possible in part by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
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    Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: President Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan
    Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: Democrats pan the Trump peace plan, Warren unveils her global health plan, and John Delaney departs the race.
  • Election 2020
    The President's Inbox: Should the United States Rethink Its Relationship with Saudi Arabia?
    Each week between now and the Iowa caucuses, I’m talking with two experts with differing views on how the United States should handle a foreign policy challenge it faces. These special episodes are part of CFR’s Election 2020 activities, which are made possible in part by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
  • Election 2020
    Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: Restoring U.S. Leadership
    Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: U.S. leadership in the world; the wisdom of making campaign donors ambassadors; and early voting begins.
  • Election 2020
    Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: The Seventh Democratic Debate
    Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: the Democrats debate in Des Moines, the New York Times interviews the candidates, and two new polls ask about foreign policy.
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    Five Questions About the Senate Impeachment Trial Answered
    The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump began today as the House trial managers read the articles of impeachment on the Senate floor and Chief Justice John Roberts swore in ninety-nine U.S. s…
  • Election 2020
    The President's Inbox: Should the United States Spend Less on Defense?
    Each week between now and the Iowa caucuses, I’m talking with two experts with differing views on how the United States should handle a foreign policy challenge it faces. These special episodes are part of CFR’s Election 2020 activities, which are made possible in part by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
  • Election 2020
    Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: Elizabeth Warren Endorses the USMCA
    Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: Elizabeth Warren says she will vote for NAFTA’s replacement, the candidates tout Congress’s war powers, and a shrinking field of Democrats prepares for the next debate.