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, an expert on U.S. politics and foreign policy, says President Bush will be regarded as “a below-average president” due to issues like Iraq and immigration reform.
James M. Lindsay, an expert on Congress and American foreign policy, says in the aftermath of the Democratic Party victories in the midterm elections, many politicians are hoping that the “knight in shining armor” to rescue Iraq policy may lie in the special commission headed by former Secretary of State James Baker and former chairman of the House International Relations Committee, Lee Hamilton.
James M. Lindsay, CFR Vice President and Director of Studies, says President Bush's public approval ratings "are down because he's in trouble in his foreign policy, most notably in Iraq." Says Lindsay: "He has gone from being seen as a man in control of events, in charge of his administration, to being perceived as someone who does not command in government."
James M. Lindsay says a U.S. debt default will harm America's ability to wield and project its power in the world.
James M. Lindsay outlines steps the Obama administration could take in Libya that do not involve sending in U.S. combat troops.
James M. Lindsay argues that an indictment of Moammar Gadhafi by the International Criminal Court could actually make it harder to bring Libya's civil war to a quick end.
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