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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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Illustration of Chinese and Russian flags, taken March 24, 2022.
Illustration of Chinese and Russian flags, taken March 24, 2022. Florence Lo/Illustration/Reuters

Election 2024: China’s Efforts to Interfere in the U.S. Presidential Election

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This Week: China is following Russia’s lead in meddling in the U.S. presidential election. Read More

Middle East and North Africa
The President’s Inbox Recap: The War in Gaza
Sunday marks the six-month anniversary of Hamas's attack on Israel.
United States
Election 2024: Are Republicans Turning Isolationist?
Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This Week: Many Republicans have lost faith in their party’s traditional embrace of internationalism.
Nuclear Weapons
The President’s Inbox Recap: Confronting the Nuclear Threat
The world has entered a new and dangerous nuclear age.
  • Grand Strategy
    The President’s Inbox Recap: The Case for U.S. Retrenchment Overseas
    Proponents of retrenchment want the United States to do less overseas.
  • United States
    Election 2024: Are Americans Turning Isolationist?
    Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This Week: Much like talk of Mark Twain’s death, claims that Americans are turning their back on the world are greatly exaggerated.
  • United States
    The President’s Inbox Recap: The Crisis at the U.S. Southern Border
    The U.S. immigration system needs comprehensive reform.
  • United States
    Campaign Roundup: Joe Biden Opposes the Sale of U.S. Steel to Nippon Steel
    Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This Week: Joe Biden doesn’t want one of America’s closest allies to buy a once iconic American company.
  • Global
    The President’s Inbox Recap: International Women’s Day
    Adolescence is one of the most formative periods in a girl’s life.
  • Development
    The President’s Inbox Recap: Combating Global Poverty
    Economic development work is aimed at long-term change in the world’s poorest countries.
  • United States
    Campaign Roundup: Joe Biden Makes the Case for Ukraine Aid
    Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This Week: President Joe Biden used his State of the Union Address to urge Congress to provide military aid to Ukraine.