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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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Back-to-School Reading Special

Every year CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I record a summer reading episode of CFR’s “The World Next Week” podcast. We usually do it in June as we entertain visions of leisurely summer days yet to come devoted not to answering emails and writing memos but to losing ourselves in the pages of a great book. Alas, this year our schedules didn’t mesh. So we only recorded the podcast last week, with more summer days behind us than ahead. Read More

August 19, 2019

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Election 2020: Pete Buttigieg, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Fact can be more interesting than fiction. In 2000, a high school senior won the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library’s annual Profiles in Courage essay contest by extolling the virtues of the country’s only independent member of Congress, Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

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August 15, 2019

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Election 2020: Elizabeth Warren, Democratic Presidential Candidate

As politicians, Ronald Reagan and Elizabeth Warren are opposites. He wanted to unleash the power of the market; she wants to curtail its abuses. But for all of their policy differences, the two share one thing in common—both switched political parties. Reagan joined the Republican Party in his early fifties. Before then he was a registered Democrat. “I didn't leave the Democratic Party,” he liked to say. “The party left me.” Warren made the opposite journey.

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August 13, 2019

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Election 2020: Beto O’Rourke, Democratic Presidential Candidate

When Richard Nixon lost California’s governor’s race in 1962, political pundits declared his dream of becoming president dead. After all, winning presidential candidates usually come off of electoral victories and not electoral defeats. But six years later, Nixon proved the pundits wrong and won the presidency. One Democrat hoping to tap that Nixon magic is Beto O’Rourke. He ran a surprisingly tough campaign in 2018 against incumbent Texas Senator Ted Cruz, sparking talk that deeply red Texas might be turning purple if not blue.

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