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.

U.S. President Donald Trump signs an executive order on Iran sanctions in the White House on June 24.

Trump’s Iran Policy Hasn’t Failed—Yet

Maximum pressure could still deliver strategic outcomes.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Fabiana Rosales de Guaidó, the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, in the White House on March 27.

Trump Should Not Forget Venezuela

Even with the eyes of the world elsewhere, here’s how Trump can keep up pressure on Maduro.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 29.

In Japan and South Korea, Trump Boxed Himself In

The United States is not making progress in its trade war with China or in nuclear talks with North Korea.

U.S. President Donald Trump in the Oval Office in Washington on July 30, 2018.

Trump Deserves More Credit for His Foreign Policies

Obscured by chaos and dysfunction, the White House is pursuing approaches that are better than they seem.

U.S. President Donald Trump discusses tariffs with Congressmen Sean Duffy, left, and Robert Aderholt in the White House on Jan. 24.

Congress Should Take Back Its Authority Over Tariffs

Legislators must reinsert themselves into the trade policymaking process.

Galleries

A boy plays with a toy plane on the eve of a solar eclipse in La Higuera in the Atacama desert north of Santiago, Chile, on July 1. MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

A solar eclipse in Chile, protests in Hong Kong, and cosplay in Malaysia.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo exits a plane upon his arrival in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on June 24. JACQUELYN MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Diplomacy in Saudi Arabia and North Korea, tragedy at the U.S.-Mexico border, and a heat wave in Europe.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

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The 2020 Candidates Aren’t Talking About Foreign Policy. They Need to Start.

The United States caused many of the planet’s problems and can still unmake them—but only if its politicians face up to the challenge.

(Illustration by Shaivalini Kumar and Meroo Seth for Foreign Policy)

India Has a Mindset Problem

Jugaad once symbolized immense potential, but the endless shortcuts are now holding the country back.

The Spycraft Revolution

Changes in technology, politics, and business are all transforming espionage. Intelligence agencies must adapt—or risk irrelevance.

The Spies Who Came In From the Continent

How Brexit could spell the end of Britain’s famed advantage in intelligence.

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