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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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A few of our summer reading recommendations. Missionaries/Penguin Press; The Price of Peace/Random House Trade; This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends/Bloomsbury Publishing.

The World Next Week: What to Read This Summer

Each year CFR.org managing editor Bob McMahon and I take a break from the news on The World Next Week to record a special episode of our summer reading recommendations. That episode is now live. This year, our colleague Carla Anne Robbins came back on the podcast to share some of her picks. Read More

Censorship and Freedom of Expression
TWE Remembers: The Pentagon Papers
Sunday is the fiftieth anniversary of the New York Times’ publication of the Pentagon Papers. My colleague Margaret Gach, a research associate for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relati…
United States
Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army!
The United States Army celebrates its 246th birthday today. If you see an active duty, former, or retired member of the United States Army today, wish their service Happy Birthday.  The Army provi…
United States
Remembering Those Whom Memorial Day Honors
The United States has fought twelve major wars and numerous smaller skirmishes in its history. Memorial Day is how we honor the soldiers, sailors, airmen, airwomen, and marines who did not return hom…
  • Global
    The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic
    The President's Inbox (TPI) has produced more than two hundred episodes since it debuted in November 2016. The topics covered have ranged from Afghanistan to China to human rights to Russia to the ro…
  • United States
    TWE Celebrates Presidents’ Day
    Today is Presidents’ Day. It is a TWE tradition to recognize the forty-five men—and they have all been men—who have been president on Presidents’ Day with the following essay, which has been revised …
  • United States
    A Presidents' Day Quiz
    Monday is Presidents’ Day. To get you in the proper celebratory mood, TWE presents its tenth annual Presidents’ Day quiz. If you are feeling up to it, you can try the quizzes from 2012, 2013, 2014, 2…
  • Transition 2021
    Biden’s Inaugural Address to a Divided America
    Joe Biden gave the nation a much-needed civics lesson today in the guise of an inaugural address. His message was impossible to miss—America’s strength lies in American unity. It is a simple, almost …
  • Transition 2021
    Remembering the Best (and Worst) Presidential Inaugural Addresses
    In two days, Joe Biden gets to do what only thirty-nine other Americans have ever done: deliver a presidential inaugural address. It is a tough task to do well under any circumstance. It’s even tough…
  • Transition 2021
    Transition 2021: What Can Biden Get Done?
    Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Biden faces substantial obstacles in his bid to remake U.S. foreign policy after four years of America First.
  • Transition 2021
    Ten Things You Probably Don’t Know About Presidential Inaugurations
    By now you no doubt have heard that President Donald Trump will skip President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next Wednesday. Given Trump’s role in inciting last week’s mob attack on the Capitol Buil…