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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.

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North (top) and South (bottom) Korean border posts on Aug. 21, 2015. (Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images)

Seven Reasons Why Putting U.S. Nukes Back in South Korea Is a Terrible Idea

Here are seven reasons why the United States should not seek to deploy nuclear weapons in the Korean Peninsula.

Donald Trump speaks at a rally against the Iran nuclear deal on Sept. 9, 2015. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

If Trump Won’t Certify the Nuke Deal, He Should Do This Instead

There is a way for the administration to address the agreement’s shortcomings while sustaining its gains.

The vice minister of the North Korean Ministry of People's Security inspects weapons at a police training academy in Kampala, Uganda, on June 13, 2013.

The U.S. Needs Real Diplomacy to Counter North Korea in Africa

Convincing African countries to truly isolate North Korea would require diplomatic prowess that the United States currently lacks.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 10:  U.S. President Barack Obama speaks while meeting with President-elect Donald Trump (L) following a meeting in the Oval Office November 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. Trump is scheduled to meet with members of the Republican leadership in Congress later today on Capitol Hill.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The Myth of a ‘Better’ Iran Deal

The Obama administration didn’t botch negotiations with Tehran. And Trump isn’t going to be able to get something tougher.

People hold up placards with the name of German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R, on stage) as she addresses the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) rally in Bitterfeld, eastern Germany on August 29, 2017, less than a month before the September 24th general election. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN        (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Merkel Will Spend the Next Four Years Battling Forces at Home

Those who were hoping for a new wave of German leadership will be left waiting.

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Iranians show ink-stained fingers after casting their ballots on May 19. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran’s Not a Totally Fake Democracy, Study Says

A new survey shows a country with a constrained but active body politic, contrary to plenty of D.C. conventional wisdom.

The scene of an exploded truck bomb in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Oct. 14. (Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images)

Can Somalia Ever Win Against al-Shabab?

From the ashes of the country’s deadliest terrorist attack, lasting peace seems a long way off.

Headstones are seen at Arlington Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia on Sept. 21. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

Waiting for that official knock on the door: A military spouse’s thoughts

The "sacred trust" between military families and the commander in chief provides secure ground

An Israeli soldier throws a grenade into a Hezbollah bunker during the 2006 Lebanon war. (Wikimedia Commons)

Some unhappy reasons for why we are on the verge of another war in Lebanon

Conversations with Israelis these days tend to end up in one place: casus belli.

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This Land Is Their Land

Immigration is inevitable. When will the West learn that it promises salvation — not destruction?

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Rescuing Migrants From a Couch in Galicia

How a school administrator in Spain is helping save refugees with little more than fervor and a phone.

On the Edge of Afghanistan

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.

Highway Through Hell

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.

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