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

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Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: The Coronavirus, Foreign Policy, and Election 2020

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: the coronavirus’s impact on Election 2020, calls for sanctions relief for Iran, and authoritarian power grabs. Read More

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: Campaigning Amid a Pandemic
Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: The coronavirus pushes the Democratic presidential primaries to the sidelines, the Defense Production Act, and a possible twelfth Democratic presidential debate.
Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: Will Joe Biden Change His Foreign Policy?
Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: Democratic visions for a new direction in foreign policy, calls for a relaxation of U.S. sanctions on Iran, and more national security luminaries endorse Joe Biden. 
Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: Campaigning in the Era of the Coronavirus
Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: the coronavirus dominates the conversation, Senator Sanders defends a sister-city program, and experts debate the merits of former Vice President Biden’s vision for U.S. foreign policy.
  • Election 2020
    Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: Biden Versus Sanders
    Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: the Democratic field narrows, and Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders square off.
  • Election 2020
    The President's Inbox: Should the United States Leave Afghanistan?
    Since November, I have been talking with experts with differing views on how the United States should handle the foreign policy challenges it faces. These special episodes are part of CFR’s Election 2020 activities, which are made possible in part by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
  • Election 2020
    Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: The Las Vegas Democratic Debate
    Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: foreign policy is AWOL in Las Vegas; Bloomberg and Warren talk about Latin America; and foreign policy advisors.
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    A Presidents’ Day Quiz
    Monday is Presidents’ Day. To get you in the proper celebratory mood, TWE presents its ninth annual Presidents’ Day quiz. If you are feeling up to it, you can try the quizzes from 2012, 2013, 2014, 2…
  • Election 2020
    Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: President Trump’s New Land-Mine Policy
    Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: Democrats vow to reverse the Trump administration’s new land-mine policy, the candidates participate in CNN “town hall” meetings, and the New York Times unveils the results of its candidate foreign policy questionnaire.
  • Election 2020
    The President's Inbox: What Should U.S. Policy Toward China Be?
    Each week I’m talking with two experts with differing views on how the United States should handle a foreign policy challenge it faces. These special episodes are part of CFR’s Election 2020 activities, which are made possible in part by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
  • Election 2020
    Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: President Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan
    Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: Democrats pan the Trump peace plan, Warren unveils her global health plan, and John Delaney departs the race.