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About Shadow Government

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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Graffiti depicting U.S. President Donald Trump on the Israeli separation barrier between the West Bank town of Bethlehem and Jerusalem on Aug. 25. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

Jerusalem: After 30 Years of Hope and Failure, What’s Next for Israel/Palestine?

The United States has forfeited its authority as a neutral broker. It may be time for the Palestinian street to have its say.

President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden at the White House on July 25.(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Evidence Is Damning: What Team Trump Knew and When

We already know that the Trump campaign was aware of — and intended to profit from — Moscow’s interference in the election.

A U.S. soldier in Baghdad, Iraq on Oct. 25, 2009. (Muhannad Fala'ah/Getty Images)

Israel Is Growing Increasingly Worried About the Trump Administration

As Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Russia rush to fill the vacuum of leadership in the Middle East, the United States is AWOL.

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang talks to U.S. President Donald Trump at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' summit in the Vietnamese city of Danang on Nov. 11. (Photo credit Jorge Silva/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Cozying Up to Trump Works

The rest of the world may not particularly like the U.S. president’s bluster, but playing to his ego is a pretty good strategy.

The band Spinal Tap in 1984. (Pete Cronin/Redferns)

Our Missile Defenses Go to 11

But that’s not nearly enough to safeguard us from North Korea’s nukes.

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The Shanghai skyline on Jan. 18, 2016. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

Combatting Chinese Economic Coercion in the NSS

The Trump administration needs a robust plan to make sure America remains the world’s most powerful economy.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a U.N. Security Council meeting in New York on Dec. 15. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Tillerson Backtracks on Overture to North Korea, Slams China and Russia

"North Korea must earn its way back to the table," Tillerson told U.N.

A German designed Leopard AS1 Gun Tank from the Australian 1st Armored Regiment at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Queensland, Australia. (U.S. Navy/Wikimedia Commons)

Hey, shut up about being the best military in the world, because we might not be (A)

After eight years at Foreign Policy, here are the ten most popular Best Defense posts.

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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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