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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The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic
A comprehensive list of each episode of The President's Inbox organized by topic. 
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A Midterm Election Update
Three and a half months out from the November elections, Democrats’ prospects have gotten darker.
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Fourth of July Trivia Quiz
The twelfth annual Independence Day trivia quiz from The Water’s Edge.
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    Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army!
    The U.S. Army turns 247 years old today.  
  • Global
    The World Next Week: What to Read and Listen to This Summer
    The annual summer entertainment recommendations from The World Next Week podcast.
  • United States
    Remembering Those Whom Memorial Day Honors
    The stories of six Americans who were awarded the Medal of Honor for making the ultimate sacrifice.
  • Europe
    How Putin Got the West Wrong
    Vladimir Putin expected the invasion of Ukraine to divide the West. It did the opposite.
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    The 2022 Midterm Congressional Elections by the Numbers
    History suggests that control of Congress will change after November’s midterm elections.
  • Ukraine
    Five Questions: Russia’s War on Ukraine
    Five questions about how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will develop and what it means for the world.
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    Ten Facts About the State of the Union Address
    President Biden delivers his first State of the Union speech tonight. Here are ten things you might not know about the tradition of having a president deliver an annual address.