Shadow Government is a blog about U.S. foreign policy in the age of Trump, written by experienced policymakers, scholars, and practitioners from the loyal Democrat opposition. It is co-edited by Derek Chollet, Colin Kahl, and Julie Smith.
As Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Russia rush to fill the vacuum of leadership in the Middle East, the United States is AWOL.
But that’s not nearly enough to safeguard us from North Korea’s nukes.
It’s about far more than tech companies and targeted ads. A whole of government response is needed to make sure this never happens again.
The gross misconduct of Rex Tillerson and the White House toward career diplomats and the Foreign Service might require an unlikely savior.
Turkey wants to play “hostage diplomacy” with the United States. But the risks of transactional politics have far-reaching consequences.
The United States ignores massive abuses at its own peril.
We need to demand accountability from social media companies — and from U.S. diplomats.
Despite a large international search effort, time is running out for the crew.
Beyond harsh words, Washington hasn’t meted out punishment on Myanmar yet.
A road trip among ordinary Saudis revealed high hopes, and hardly any worries, about the country's new political era.
Robert Menendez is credibly accused of serious crimes, but his party has never seemed to have a problem with him.
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.