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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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U.S. Foreign Policy
Five Movies Worth Watching About Foreign-Policy Conspiracies
Every summer Friday, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films about conspiracies in the halls of power. 
United States
Seven Podcasts Worth Listening to About 9/11
With the twentieth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks approaching, we recommend sources for better understanding 9/11 and its aftermath. This week: seven podcasts worth listening to.
Wars and Conflict
Five Foreign-Policy Movies Worth Watching About Being in Combat
Every summer Friday, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films about the experience of war. 
  • United States
    Seven More Books Worth Reading About 9/11 and Its Aftermath
    With the twentieth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks approaching, we recommend sources for better understanding 9/11 and its aftermath. This week: seven books worth reading.
  • Wars and Conflict
    Five Foreign-Policy Movies Worth Watching About Real-Life Heroism
    Every summer Friday, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films inspired by actual heroes. 
  • Global
    Five Foreign-Policy Movies Worth Watching About Actual World Events
    Every summer Friday, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films inspired by reality. 
  • United States
    Happy 231st Birthday to the United States Coast Guard!
    The United States Coast Guard marks 231 years of service. 
  • Human Rights
    Five Foreign-Policy Movies Worth Watching About Human Rights
    Every summer Friday, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films about the fight for human rights.
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
    TWE Remembers: The Fulbright Program
    Seventy-five years ago, what would become the world’s foremost international educational exchange program got off to a bumpy start. 
  • Oceans and Seas
    Five Movies Worth Watching About Conflict at Sea
    Every summer Friday, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films about stormy relationships and battles at sea.