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.
U.S. policy toward Venezuela is changing — and so are political dynamics in Latin America.
Interconnective tissue binds Russia, Arab state-owned investment funds, and Middle Eastern countries undergoing rapid transformations.
Trump doesn’t understand how armed diplomacy works.
Under Trump, the international trade regime is at risk. This year could see it topple.
Nationalism has a new voice. That makes it all the more imperative to take its claims seriously and meet them head on.
Foreign policy veterans from previous Republican administrations look back on 2017 — the year of Trump.
The United States should be able to count on Europe’s help in isolating Iran.
The United States needs to strengthen its agriculture sector — or be overtaken by China.
Aid experts fear the Trump administration’s focus on Christians and other religious minorities could do more harm than good.
The president's policies often deviate from his dangerous preferences. But these divergences present their own problems.
Serving as a U.S. diplomat in Zimbabwe is tough. Life for African-American diplomats there is even harder.
How to learn to stop worrying and love the EU’s new security and defense agreement.
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.
Exporting British Columbia’s abundant energy resources should have been a slam dunk. How did a multibillion-dollar dream go up in smoke?
There’s nothing wrong with political tribes that can’t be fixed by what’s right with them.
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.