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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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Five Movies Worth Watching About the Threat of Nuclear War

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films examining the risks of nuclear weapons. Read More

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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 constr…
U.S. Foreign Policy
TWE Book and Film Recommendations
Over the decade since I began blogging at The Water’s Edge I have periodically recommended books to read and films to watch. I have also occasionally asked colleagues to recommend books and movies. G…
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TWE Remembers: The Taft-Katsura Memorandum
The question of how the United States should respond to the rise of China has dominated the foreign policy debate in recent years. Democrats and Republicans alike agree that the days of cooperative e…
  • Media
    Five Foreign-Policy Movies Worth Watching About Journalists
    Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films that feature journalists.
  • United States
    TWE Remembers: Vice Presidents on Being Vice President
    Former Vice President and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden says he will announce his choice for his vice presidential nominee next week. That has spurred one last burst in the qu…
  • Wars and Conflict
    Five Movies About Revolts, Rebellions, and Revolutions Worth Watching
    Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: movies about uprisings.
  • Wars and Conflict
    Five Foreign-Policy Comedies Worth Watching
    Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: comedy movies.
  • Wars and Conflict
    Five POW Movies Worth Watching
    Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films about prisoners of war.
  • Politics and Government
    Five Movie Biographies Worth Watching
    Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films about people who changed the course of world history.
  • United States
    Fourth of July Trivia Quiz
    Tomorrow is the Fourth of July—TWE’s favorite holiday. To mark the occasion, here is the annual TWE Fourth of July trivia quiz. There are thirteen questions in honor of the thirteen colonies that thr…