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The Water's Edge

James M. Lindsay analyzes the politics shaping U.S. foreign policy and the sustainability of American power.

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Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel walk together in Berlin on February 1, 2013. Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

Transition 2021: Do Germans Believe America Is Back?

President-Elect Joe Biden has his work cut out for himself in his effort to restore allies’ trust in U.S. foreign policy. Read More

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: Should Lame-Duck Presidents Make Major Foreign Policy Decisions?
Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Donald Trump is using all the powers of his presidency and creating a host of problems for the incoming Biden administration.
Transition 2021
Transition 2021: When Presidents Don’t Concede
Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Trump puts the transition process in limbo and Biden begins building his team. 
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Thanking America's Veterans
Today is Veterans Day. Americans first celebrated it on November 11, 1919, one year to the day after the end of the conflict they knew as the Great War and we (regrettably) know today as World War I…
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    Happy 245th Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!
    The U.S. Marine Corps turns 245 years-old today. On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution to create a Marine force composed of two battalions. Since then, the Marines have …
  • Election 2020
    Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: Election 2020 Is Almost Over, Maybe
    Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This week: where things stand four days before Election Day.
  • Election 2020
    Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: Biden and Trump Debate Foreign Policy, Kinda
    Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This week: foreign policy was a topic at the second and final presidential debate of the 2020 campaign. 
  • Election 2020
    TWE Remembers: Seven Memorable Presidential Debate Moments
    President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are set to debate tomorrow night in Nashville. Belmont University is hosting the event, and NBC White House correspondent Kristen Welker wil…
  • Election 2020
    Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: What to Do About Afghanistan?
    Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This week: how Donald Trump and Joe Biden say the United States should deal with Afghanistan
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    Happy 245th Birthday to the U.S. Navy!
    The U.S. Navy turns 245 years-old today. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with warlike…
  • Election 2020
    Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: VP Candidates Discuss Foreign Policy
    Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This week: Kamala Harris and Mike Pence discussed U.S. policy toward China and U.S. global leadership at Wednesday night's vice-presidential debate.