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.
The Saudis need to get on Biden’s good side. Obvious places to start include releasing women’s rights activists.
Refusing to concede and start the transition creates mostly hindrances, not disasters. But on key issues, obstructing Biden puts America in danger.
He was successful because only an iconoclastic president could have rejected false assumptions and failed strategies.
From suffering U.S. farmers to the pain inflicted on the developing world, everything about U.S. agriculture policy is dysfunctional. The next administration can do better.
Deals with the UAE and Bahrain demonstrate the Palestinian issue is no longer a barrier to Israeli-Arab cooperation.
Trump is losing support among the troops. That’s just one reason why the military risks getting sucked into the campaign.
Trump’s friends have opted for their usual grievance politics.
Many former Republican national security officials just endorsed Biden. They will be hobbled in the fight for the party’s post-Trump future.
Decentralizing decision-making can help left-behind regions get back on track.
Boris Johnson has contradictory ideas for his country’s future—and no clear paths for getting there.