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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A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: United States considers complete Afghan troop withdrawal; the Colombian government and FARC rebels hold peace talks; and the North American International Auto Show gets underway.
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In this interview, CFR's James Lindsay discusses three major foreign policy challenges confronting the United States in 2013, including tumult in the Middle East, rising tensions in East Asia, and the U.S. fiscal cliff.
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A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: Japan holds parliamentary snap elections; presidential elections take place in South Korea; Egypt prepares to hold a constitutional referendum; and the Electoral College votes on the U.S. president and vice president.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: Mexico's new president takes office; the UN Climate Change Conference continues in Qatar; and NASA gives a highly anticipated update on the Mars rover mission.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: U.S. President Barack Obama visits Myanmar; elections take place in Catalonia, Spain; and the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is marked.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: the U.S. Congress returns for its lame-duck session; the Greek parliament votes on a critical budget; and California holds the nation's largest auction of carbon pollution allowances.
No matter who wins the U.S. presidential election on Tuesday, an array of foreign policy challenges await, says CFR's James Lindsay.
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.
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