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.
How command and control works when the military wakes up the president vs. when the president wakes up the military.
Central America isn’t beyond repair, but there aren’t a lot of good people we can work with right now.
Without a plan for countering Iranian and Russian interests in Eastern Syria, the administration could find itself in a very bad place in the Middle East.
And it looks a lot like a plan to squeeze Iran.
Throwing out a global trade deal has enormous ramifications in Asia.
The president should use his trip to Asia to reassure allies and assert U.S. power.
In Vienna, the center-right and populist right are vying for power. All of Europe is watching.
The CIA recently released hundreds of thousands of files seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound. What can we learn from them?
The New York Observer, owned by Trump’s son-in-law, was a friendly outlet for the 2016 Russian hackers.
Wary of creeping international law, U.S. diplomats fight a rearguard action to limit the scope of two U.N. resolutions on women and children.
Don't expect Benjamin Netanyahu to put Israeli soldiers in harm's way in Lebanon on Mohammed bin Salman's say-so.
Immigration is inevitable. When will the West learn that it promises salvation — not destruction?
How a school administrator in Spain is helping save refugees with little more than fervor and a phone.
A decimated economy, a resurgent Taliban, and growing tensions with Iran are driving disenchanted Afghans to seek opportunities abroad. And for many it’s their only option.
The human-smuggling route across the Sahara may have been the deadliest on Earth. Then the EU paid Niger’s army to shut it down — and made it even more treacherous.