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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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CFR's James M. Lindsay remembers the firebombing of Tokyo during World War II and discusses the destructive power of conventional weapons.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: Presidential elections are held in Russia; parliamentary elections are held in Iran; AIPAC holds its annual conference; and ten U.S. states vote for GOP candidates on Super Tuesday.
CFR's James M. Lindsay remembers the ratification of the Articles of Confederation and discusses the difficulty inherent in writing a workable constitution.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: Congressional committees debate the international affairs budget; presidential primaries are held in Arizona and Michigan; and the UN Human Rights Council convenes in Geneva.
CFR's James M. Lindsay recalls the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II and discusses the balance between civil liberties and national security.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: UN nuclear officials visit Iran for a second time; a Friends of Syria meeting is held in Tunis; and G20 foreign ministers convene in Mexico.
CFR's James M. Lindsay remembers Richard Nixon's historic trip to China in 1972 and discusses the importance of diplomacy in international relations.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: President Obama presents the 2013 budget to Congress; the Senate Armed Services Committee debates worldwide threats; Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping visits Washington; and the one-year anniversary of Mubarak's ouster is marked.
CFR's James M. Lindsay discusses Nelson Mandela's release from prison in February 1990 and his subsequent rise to the presidency to show how individuals shape history.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: The debate over intervention in Syria continues; an annual security conference convenes in Munich; and the twentieth anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty is marked.
CFR's James M. Lindsay recalls the 1968 Tet Offensive in Vietnam and the importance of managing public expectations amid major foreign policy initiatives.
President Obama's 2012 State of the Union address emphasized his economic revival plans but it also included a potent foreign policy message, says CFR's James M. Lindsay.
CFR's James M. Lindsay remembers the seizure of the USS Pueblo in 1968 and discusses the idea that raw power does not always ensure success in foreign policy.
James M. Lindsay discusses the political calculations behind President Obama's State of the Union address.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: President Obama delivers a State of the Union address; The debate over defense cuts heats up; South Carolina Republicans head to the polls; And the World Economic Forum convenes in Davos.
CFR's James M. Lindsay remembers John F. Kennedy's inaugural address and discusses the importance of balancing costs and benefits in foreign policy
CFR's James M. Lindsay remembers the anniversary of voting on the Ludlow Amendment and discusses it in the context of current debates about the power to commit force abroad.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: U.S., Japan, and S. Korea foreign ministers discuss North Korea; Elections are held in Taiwan; The anniversary of Ben Ali's ouster is marked in Tunisia; And yet another GOP debate is held.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: Tensions mount in the Persian Gulf; A Republican primary takes place in New Hampshire; And Egyptians conclude the first free elections post-Mubarak.
Looking ahead to the Iowa caucuses and upcoming primaries in January, CFR's James Lindsay says Republican candidates are taking aim at President Obama's foreign policies, yet it's unclear what they would do differently.
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