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.

Donald Trump meets with Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, in the Oval Office at the White House, March 14, 2017. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia Can Win Islam’s War of Ideas

Mohammed bin Salman’s embrace of “moderate Islam” deserves the Trump administration’s support.

Mike Pompeo before the Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington, DC, on Jan. 12, 2017. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Mike Pompeo Will Be North Korea’s Trump-Whisperer

The new secretary of state could decide the success of the high-stakes Korea summit.

U.S. President Donald Trump waves before entering the Oval Office on March 7, 2018. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Is the Peacemaker Korea Has Always Needed

Stop talking about the president's temperament, and start judging him by his results.

French President Emmanuel Macron talks with soldiers during a visit at an Estonian military base in Tapa on the sidelines of an EU summit on Sept. 29, 2017. (JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Two Cheers for European Defense Cooperation

The EU's new military plans aren't a problem for the United States — they're an opportunity.

The remains of a missile that landed in the southern Lebanese village of Kaoukaba, near the border with Syria, on Feb. 10, after the Israeli military attacked 12 Syrian and Iranian targets inside Syria. (Ali Dia/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Should Block Iran’s Air Corridor to Syria

Iranian aircraft are sustaining Assad's killing fields and setting the stage for escalation against Israel.

The World Bank headquarters in Washington on May 8, 2007. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The World Bank’s Doing Business Indicators Still Work

They are among the institution's most powerful tools — heed not the critics.


Antifascist activists protect themselves from water cannon used by police officers during a rally against an election campaign meeting organized by far-right movement CasaPound in Turin on Feb. 22. (Piero Cruciatti/AFP/Getty Images)

The World in Photos This Week

Students in the Philippines protest “rising dictatorship,” phallic statues in South Korea, and police violence in Zimbabwe.

TOPSHOT - The French Renaissance Chateau de Chambord is pictured as snow falls on February 13, 2018 in Chambord, northwestern France.  / AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME SOUVANT        (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images)

The World in Photos This Week

The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; storms in Europe; and Lunar New Year festivities around the world.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine


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?

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.

A Liberal Defense of Tribalism

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