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.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, chairs a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Sept. 17. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Can Nikki Haley Deliver One Last Time?

It’s not too late for Trump’s departing U.N. ambassador to cut Washington’s peacekeeping costs.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini during a meeting at the European Union Headquarters in Brussels on May 25, 2017.

How Trump Can Get a Better Deal on Iran

The United States needs to keep Europe on board, go beyond sanctions, and ensure lasting bipartisan support for its new policy.

U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province on July 7. (Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States Needs an Afghanistan Exit Strategy

Washington should hand over U.S. military and political roles to other countries, including China.

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman at the U.N. headquarters in New York on March 23. (Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket/Getty Images)

Trump Needs to Start Worrying About Saudi Arabia’s Reform Efforts

The United States has a profound interest in helping Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman avoid his own worst impulses.

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis (L), US Vice President Mike Pence (2ndL), White House Chief of Staff John Kelly (2ndR) and Pence Chief of Staff Nick Ayers (R) listen as US President Donald Trump speaks to the press before a meeting in the Pentagon January 18, 2018 in Washington, DC.(BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Insubordination of Trump Isn’t Treason. It’s Normal.

The president isn't being subverted by the deep state—he's being thwarted by bureaucracy.

Galleries

A boy adds to the light show from the Milky Way in the sky over the Tatacoa Desert, in Huila, Colombia, on Oct. 11. (Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images)

A Week in World Photos

A star search in Colombia, floods in France, and a migrant caravan in Guatemala.

A soldier from the Democratic Republic of the Congo is seen at a military base outside Oicha on Oct. 7. JOHN WESSELS/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a rocket malfunction in Kazakhstan, and a human tower in Spain.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

A cruise ship near the harbor of Ilulissat off the west coast of Greenland, north of the Arctic Circle, in August 2012. (Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)

Stretched Thin on Thin Ice

With the Arctic melting and northern coast guards struggling to keep up, the next disaster is a matter of when, not if.

Matt Chase illustration for Foreign Policy

Food Fight

Why the next big battle may not be fought over treasure or territory—but for fish.

The Taliban’s Fight for Hearts and Minds

The militants’ new strategy is to out-govern the U.S.-backed administration in Kabul—and it’s working.

Point and Nuke

Remembering the era of portable atomic bombs.

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