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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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Coast Guard Honor Guard members stand at attention during a ceremony in New York City in May 2017. Brendan McDermid/REUTERS

Happy 230th Birthday to the U.S. Coast Guard!

The United States Coast Guard celebrates its 230th birthday today. The Coast Guard was created on August 4, 1790, when the first Congress authorized Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton to construct ten vessels, known as “revenue cutters,” to combat smuggling and enforce tariff laws. Read More

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TWE Remembers: Truman’s Decision to Intervene in Korea
Seventy years ago today, President Harry Truman ordered the U.S. military to aid South Korea in repulsing an invasion from North Korea. The decision had geopolitical consequences that are still felt …
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Five Foreign-Policy Movies with Women in the Lead
Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films that feature women at the helm. 
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TWE Remembers: The Jay Treaty 
Today marks the 225th anniversary of the Senate vote to approve the Jay Treaty, or more formally the Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and Navigation, Between His Britannic Majesty and the United States of …
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    Five Foreign-Policy Satires Worth Watching
    Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: classic satires.
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    Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army!
    The United States Army celebrates its 245th 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 provid…
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    The World Next Week: What to Read, Watch, and Listen to This Summer
    Each year CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I record a special episode of The World Next Week on our summer reading recommendations. Being sticklers for tradition, we did so again this year. We thought,…
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    Remembering Those 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…
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    Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: And Then There Was One
    Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: Joe Biden becomes the Democratic Party’s presumptive 2020 presidential nominee.
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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.
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    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.