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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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A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: the U.S. Northeast begins to recover from a massive storm; U.S. presidential elections take place; and China's Communist Party appoints its new leadership.
James M. Lindsay says Obama's and Romney's views on foreign policy are broadly similar—both men are internationalists with a strong pragmatic streak, and they largely agree on the chief threats the United States faces overseas. Their differences are primarily over details, tactics, and tone.
In light of Monday night's presidential debate on foreign policy, James M. Lindsay explores five memorable moments from past debates.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: The U.S. presidential foreign policy debate takes place; tensions between Turkey and Syria continue to escalate; Eid al-Adha celebrations commence; and the World Health Summit takes place in Berlin.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: The second presidential debate takes place in Hempstead, New York; one year is marked since the death of Muammar Qaddafi; and it's the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: U.S. Vice Presidential candidates get their turn to debate, presidential elections take place in Venezuela, and the Nobel Peace Prize recipient is announced.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: Obama and Romney face off in the first presidential debate; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the United States; and Georgia holds parliamentary elections.
CFR's James M. Lindsay reflects on the signing of the Munich Agreement on September 30, 1938 and how the United States can apply the lesson learned to potential threats in the world today.
President Obama's UN address sought to assert universal rights in the Mideast while taking on issues resonating in the U.S. presidential campaign, writes CFR's James Lindsay.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: heads of state address the UN General Assembly; Myanmar's opposition leader arrives for a landmark U.S. visit; and China and Japan mark the fortieth anniversary of diplomatic ties amid growing tensions.
CFR's James M. Lindsay discusses the signing of the Oslo Accords on September 13, 1993, including the secret negotiations that produced the agreement, what its terms stipulated, and how it failed to produce lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
Foreign policy has not played a major role in the presidential campaign so far, but a close race could make it a factor in courting "the moveable middle," says CFR's James Lindsay.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks is marked; the U.S. presidential campaign enters the home stretch; and the Federal Reserve's policymaking committee convenes.
CFR's James M. Lindsay remembers the formation of the America First Committee on September 4, 1941. He discusses the committee's meteoric rise, its claim that the war in Europe did not threaten American security, and its ultimate failure to prevent FDR from moving the United States closer to Great Britain.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: Egypt undergoes a power transition; the UN Observer Mission expires in Syria; World Humanitarian Day takes place; and Russia joins the World Trade Organization.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: Secretary of State Clinton visits Turkey; the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation convenes in Mecca; the UN's Clean Development Methodology Panel meets in Bonn; and Puerto Rico holds a referendum on its political status.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: Congress rises for summer recess; violence continues in Syria; the anniversary of Hiroshima's atomic bombing is marked; and NASA's Curiosity rover lands on Mars.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney visits Great Britain, Israel, and Poland; Mercosur holds a special summit in Rio; countries convene in the United States over the EU's Emissions Trading System; and Apple and Samsung face off over patents.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits Egypt; India holds presidential elections; the EU and IMF visit Hungary; and the UN Security Council debates Somalia.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: World powers convene in Geneva for a crisis meeting on Syria; Mexico holds presidential elections; and the U.S. House and Senate go into recess.
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