Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair
U.S. foreign and defense policy; international security; globalization; Congress; domestic politics of U.S. foreign policy; public opinion.
James M. Lindsay argues that while the United States remains the most significant military, diplomatic, and economic power in a changing geopolitical environment, it faces increasing difficulty in driving the global agenda.
Despite international pressure, Iran appears to be continuing its march toward getting a nuclear bomb.
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James M. Lindsay, Senior Vice President and Director of Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses how the news that U.S. Special Forces have killed Osama bin Laden will influence U.S. foreign policy, President Barack Obama's public opinion, and the war in Afghanistan.
James M. Lindsay says that while justice was done in the killing of Osama bin Laden, bin Laden's death also raises many questions.
James M. Lindsay says the military trainers sent by Britain, France, and Italy to aid rebels will not do much to change the course of fighting in Libya.
President Obama's competing deficit-cutting plan stimulates a crucial debate with Republicans that will have major consequences for U.S. and global growth, but no compromise appears imminent, says CFR's James Lindsay.
The mounting budget battle in Washington and looming federal debt limit raises concerns about the ability of U.S. lawmakers to tackle the country's enormous deficit and debt, writes CFR's James Lindsay.
James M. Lindsay comments on President Obama's address to the nation on Libya.
President Obama's decision to intervene in Libya is hobbled by poor timing and muddled objectives, but charges that the war is illegal are unfounded, says CFR's James Lindsay.
Former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft discusses developments in the Middle East and the intervention in Libya with CFR's Director of Studies James Lindsay. Drawing on lessons from the first and second Gulf Wars, Scowcroft warns of mission creep in coalition efforts in Libya.
James M. Lindsay argues, "President Obama must now confront a question that was unthinkable two weeks ago: How should he deal with a post-rebellion Gadhafi?"
Senior Vice President of CFR, James M. Lindsay, responds to comments to his post on CNN's GPS Blog. Here's the blog post - http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2011/03/09/7-ugly-options-for-the-u-s...
James M. Lindsay and Kate Collins discuss France's recognition of the National Libyan Council as the sole legitimate representative of the Libyan people.
James M. Lindsay discusses how President Obama can deal with the dilemma of encouraging Gadhafi's ouster and minimizing harm to Libyan civilians without entangling the United States in yet another Middle East conflict.
Carie Lemack, Co-Founder of the Global Survivors Network discusses the organization's advocacy work, as well as the Oscar nominated documentary film "Killing in the Name," which highlights the experiences of those affected by terrorism.
Having just returned from Egypt, the Council on Foreign Relations' Isobel Coleman sat down with CFR Director of Studies James Lindsay to discuss the recent turmoil in the country.
President Obama's State of the Union focused on spurring economic growth and innovation but fell short on deficit reduction, argues CFR's Sebastian Mallaby. The stress on domestic over foreign policy made sense, but national security challenges loom, says CFR's James Lindsay.
The new Congress, featuring a GOP-controlled House and a Democratic-led Senate, is likely to be dominated by partisan squabbles over debts and deficits, sidelining foreign policy, says CFR's James Lindsay.
President Obama's foreign policy triumphs so far include getting support for tougher Iran sanctions but there were also missteps in the Middle East and elsewhere, and the failure to restore fiscal stability has undercut U.S. power, says CFR's James M. Lindsay.
James M. Lindsay says the WikiLeaks fiasco has a silver lining.
The electoral tide that brought Republicans into control of the U.S. House could frustrate the Obama administration's efforts on arms control and potentially encourage them on trade, says CFR's James Lindsay.
President Obama's UN General Assembly speech exhorted delegates to support human rights, democratic reforms, and the Mideast peace process. He will likely see a sluggish response, writes CFR's James Lindsay.
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