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.
Musical chairs in the Iraqi parliament can no longer solve the country's problems.
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.
Ten takeaways from the biggest civil-military crisis (so far) of the Trump administration.
Neither Trump nor the international relations experts who cheered his choice to withdraw U.S. troops have wrestled adequately with the costs of departure.
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.
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.