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.

View of supporters of Mexican presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, during a campaign rally in Texcoco, state of Mexico. (Alfredo Estrella/AFP)

Get Ready for a Mexican Left Turn on Foreign Policy

If populism sweeps to power in Mexico, the country's foreign policy will return to the 1930s.

Colombian presidential candidate Gustavo Petro at a press conference in Bogotá on June 14. (Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images)

The Ghost of Hugo Chávez Is Haunting Colombia’s Election

Some Colombians fear that their country could go the way of Venezuela.

Hezbollah supporters in Beirut, Lebanon, on Aug. 14, 2007. (Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images)

Lebanon Is Protecting Hezbollah’s Cocaine Trade in Latin America

The country's institutions are not a counterweight to Hezbollah, but its enablers.

U.S. President Donald Trump, Chief of Staff John Kelly, left, and National Security Advisor John Bolton, right, at the G-7 summit in Quebec, Canada, on June 9. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

By Bungling G-7, Trump Sabotaged Singapore

The United States needs its allies if it wants to make a deal with North Korea.

North Korean defector Ji Seong-ho speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House on Feb. 2. (Zach Gibson/Pool/Getty Images)

North Korea Is a Human Rights Disaster. Trump Shouldn’t Turn a Blind Eye.

The United States has a moral responsibility and pragmatic imperative to keep rights violations on the table at the Singapore summit.

Members of the Venezuelan National Guard take part in a ceremony on May 15, ahead of the May 20 presidential election, in Caracas. (Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Time for a Coup in Venezuela

Only nationalists in the military can restore a legitimate constitutional democracy.

Galleries

Bangladeshis cram onto a train as they travel home to be with their families ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr in Dhaka on June 14. Eid marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Travelers in Bangladesh, nuns in Guatemala, and urban sheep in France.

A man representing the devil jumps over babies during “El salto del Colacho” — “the devil’s jump” — in the village of Castrillo de Murcia, Spain, on June 3. Baby-jumping is a traditional Spanish practice dating back to 1620 that takes place annually to celebrate the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi. CESAR MANSO/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Baby-jumpers in Spain, a vigil in Hong Kong, and astronauts in Kazakstan.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

Foto, Michael Melo

The Right to Kill

Should Brazil keep its Amazon tribes from taking the lives of their children?

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Germany’s Family Feud

Family reunification for refugees is no longer a given. But keeping relatives apart hurts host countries as well as newcomers.

Thus Spoke Jordan Peterson

The best-selling psychologist isn't leading young men to salvation — he's delivering them to authoritarianism.

The Arab World’s Star Student

What Tunisia can teach its neighbors about the value of education.