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. Defense Secretary James Mattis at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Dec. 13. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Neither Side Gets the Khashoggi Debate Right

The tribalism infecting U.S. domestic politics has unfortunately crept deep into the foreign-policy discourse.

George Bush speaks with Brent Scowcroft and James Baker at the White House on May, 19 1992 (J. David Ake/AFP/Getty Images)

Once Upon a Time, U.S. Foreign Policy Worked

George H.W. Bush's administration was evidence of what the establishment was capable of.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at the ASEAN summit in Singapore on Nov. 15. (Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images)

Asia Needs Pence’s Reassurance

He should confront Trump’s mistakes and put forward a positive agenda.

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton in the White House in Washington on Oct. 3.

Bolton Is Building a Confrontational Latin America Strategy

The Trump administration is right to call out the region’s rogues for their destabilizing behavior.

Galleries

A Vietnamese woman collects incense sticks in the village of Quang Phu Cau on the outskirts of Hanoi on Jan. 3. In Vietnam's “incense village,” hundreds of workers dye, dry, and whittle down bamboo bark to make the fragrant sticks ahead of the busy lunar new year holiday. MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Preparation for the Lunar New Year in Vietnam, the election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Epiphany celebrations around the world.

A boat carrying migrants is stranded in the Strait of Gibraltar before being rescued by the Spanish Guardia Civil and the Salvamento Maritimo sea search and rescue agency on Sept. 8. MARCOS MORENO/AFP/Getty Images

A Top-Down View of 2018

Climate change, migration, disasters, agriculture, and industry—a look at the past year from above.

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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