Elephants in the Room

About Elephants in the Room

Elephants in the Room is a blog about U.S. foreign policy in the age of Trump, written by experienced GOP policymakers, scholars, and others not currently working in the new administration. It is curated by co-editors Peter D. Feaver and William Inboden.

Kirill Dmitriev, head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, attends a BRICS summit in Russia in 2015. (Evgeny Biyatov/Host Photo Agency/Ria Novosti via Getty Images)

Nations Are Wielding Their Sovereign Wealth Funds as Tools of Power

Interconnective tissue binds Russia, Arab state-owned investment funds, and Middle Eastern countries undergoing rapid transformations.

A loaded cargo ship in Shanghai on Dec. 6, 2017. (AFP/Getty Images)

Will Global Trade Survive 2018?

Under Trump, the international trade regime is at risk. This year could see it topple.

President Donald Trump delivers a speech in Warsaw, Poland, on July 6, 2017. (Janet Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Nationalism Is Arbitrary, Dangerous, Incoherent, and Silly

Nationalism has a new voice. That makes it all the more imperative to take its claims seriously and meet them head on.

Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump gives two thumbs at the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump’s First Year in Review: Views From the Republican Bench

Foreign policy veterans from previous Republican administrations look back on 2017 — the year of Trump.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini at a joint press conference in Brussels on Dec. 5. (John Thys/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S.-EU Obligations Should Cut Both Ways in 2018

The United States should be able to count on Europe’s help in isolating Iran.

Farmers harvest rice in China's Jiangsu province  on Oct. 23. (Visual China Group via Getty Images)

The Battle of the Breadbaskets Is Coming to a Head

The United States needs to strengthen its agriculture sector — or be overtaken by China.

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A man sweeps up rubble in preparation for Christmas Day mass at the Mar Hanna Church near Mosul, Iraq, on Dec. 22, 2016. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Pence Plan to Target Aid for Christians in Iraq Sparks Concern

Aid experts fear the Trump administration’s focus on Christians and other religious minorities could do more harm than good.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the auditorium of Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Jan. 16. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Trump Doesn’t Believe in His Own Foreign Policy. Does That Matter?

The president's policies often deviate from his dangerous preferences. But these divergences present their own problems.

Korean fans at the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Andrew Yates/AFP/GettyImages)

The Olympics Will Only Make the Korea Crisis Worse

The founder of the games dreamed of inspiring world peace. He created an event that's always done the opposite.

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The Answers Are Out There

Contrary to conventional wisdom, solutions to many of the world’s toughest problems already exist—you just need to know where to look for them.

The view from Lelu Island toward Kitson Island and the Pacific Ocean in July 2017.

Fantasy Island

Exporting British Columbia’s abundant energy resources should have been a slam dunk. How did a multibillion-dollar dream go up in smoke?

A Liberal Defense of Tribalism

There’s nothing wrong with political tribes that can’t be fixed by what’s right with them.

Twilight of the Kurds

Kurdish officials once dreamed of forging their own state out of the ashes of the war against the Islamic State. Now they are fighting for their very survival.

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