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.
To preserve the dollar’s status as the world’s reserve currency, the United States can’t let China get ahead on cryptocurrency.
By undermining the organization’s dispute resolution body, the administration is undoing decades of rules-based economic cooperation—to the United States’ own peril.
Even if neither side wants war, the road ahead is hazardous.
Putting America’s annual $3.8 billion of military assistance to Israel on the chopping block makes for good politics. But it makes no sense for U.S. national security.
The withdrawal from Syria is part of a broader pattern of weakness, especially in response to Iran.
Tensions and lawlessness could spiral into armed conflict.
When it comes to international cooperation, the White House is repeating the mistakes of the past.
On Beijing’s doorstep, Ulaanbaatar continues to defy the geopolitical odds.
Communism and democratic socialism won’t heal today’s political divisions. But social democracy—which helped ward off extremism following World War II—could.
Capitalism is still the best way to handle risk and boost innovation and productivity.
Global warming could launch socialists to unprecedented power—and expose their movement’s deepest contradictions.
Fragments of the wall have become museum pieces. But with the rise of extremist parties in Germany, the debate over the barrier’s legacy is anything but history.