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.

A man walks past abandoned shells on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria, on April 16. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Was Right to Strike Syria

But he needs a more coherent strategy in the Middle East.

A voter casts her ballot in the referendum to end the guerrilla war between the FARC and the Colombian government in Bogotá on Oct. 2, 2016. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Here’s How the United States Can Help Colombia Thrive

As an era of peace approaches, both countries should take practical steps to strengthen the relationship.

Hezbollah supporters rally in Beirut, Lebanon, on Dec. 11, 2017. (AFP/Getty Images)

Why Is Trump Going Soft on Hezbollah?

Barack Obama did too little to curb the militant group, especially in Latin America. Donald Trump should do more.

Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on April 5. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AFP/Getty Images)

Don’t Blame Russia. Blame Putin.

The U.S. president has strong personal reasons to remain in the Russian leader’s good graces.

European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom speaks at the Atlantic Council in Washington on June 29, 2016. (Yuri Gripas/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Views on Trade Aren’t a Passing Fad

The United States and Europe must find a synthesis between the free trading dogmas of yesterday and the nationalist impulses of today.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump hold a joint news conference at the White House on May 18, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Colombia Is Ready to Join the Club

The United States should help its Latin American ally become a member of the OECD.

Members of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces in the city of Basra watch a televised statement by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Dec. 9, 2017. (Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Can’t Afford to Forget About Iraq

Having won the war, will the United States end up yet again squandering the peace?

Galleries

Rohingya refugees look for their belongings in New Delhi on April 16 following a fire that broke out at their camp, leaving around 200 people homeless. The refugees fled persecution in Myanmar, with their numbers increasing following a brutal crackdown in September 2017 that saw hundreds of thousands pouring into neighbouring Bangladesh. MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images

The World in Photos This Week

Independence Day in Israel, Rohingya refugees in India, and turtles in the Bay of Bengal.

Macedonian Orthodox worshippers light candles from the holy fire that arrived from Jerusalem during the Easter service at the St. Jovan Bigorski monastery, some 145 km west of the capital Skopje,April 8, 2018.

The World in Photos This Week

Parkour in Syria, opium in Afghanistan, and demonstrations in France.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

Foto, Michael Melo

The Right to Kill

Should Brazil keep its Amazon tribes from taking the lives of their children?

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Germany’s Family Feud

Family reunification for refugees is no longer a given. But keeping relatives apart hurts host countries as well as newcomers.

Thus Spoke Jordan Peterson

The best-selling psychologist isn't leading young men to salvation — he's delivering them to authoritarianism.

The Arab World’s Star Student

What Tunisia can teach its neighbors about the value of education.