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.

George Bush laughs with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev on Sept. 9, 1990 after their first meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland. (Mike Sargent/AFP/Getty Images)

Five Vital Lessons From George H.W. Bush

From being wary about the Middle East to protecting America’s intelligence services, the former president was far more prescient than he’s often given credit for.

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. President Donald Trump signs a document reinstating sanctions against Iran after announcing the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal in the White House on May 8. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s How Trump Should Prepare for Iranian Escalation

Once sanctions are back in full force, the United States needs to be ready for the worst.

Far-right Brazilian presidential frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro at a press conference in Rio de Janeiro on Oct 11. (Mauro Pimentel/AFP/Getty Images)

The Sad Decline of Brazil’s Political Establishment

Voters are manifesting their profound unhappiness with the status quo. Jair Bolsonaro is the result.

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.

Galleries

A Palestinian woman walks into a room damaged by an Israeli airstrike earlier this week in the Gaza Strip on Nov. 14. A ceasefire held began after the worst escalation between Israel and Gaza militants since a 2014 war, but the situation remained volatile and the deal provoked sharp disagreement within the Israeli government. MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Destruction in Gaza, snow in Ukraine, and sun worshippers in India.

A voter observes election counting at the end of the first round of the presidential elections at a polling station in Antananarivo, Madagascar, on Nov. 7. (MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)

A Week in World Photos

Election watching in Madagascar, World War I remembrance in London, and Diwali celebrations in India.

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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