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.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement at the Derco Aerospace Inc. plant in Milwaukee on July 12.

The New U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Deal Can Work for Everyone

Republicans and Democrats have every reason to compromise and ratify the agreement.

U.S. President Donald Trump signs an executive order on Iran sanctions in the White House on June 24.

Trump’s Iran Policy Hasn’t Failed—Yet

Maximum pressure could still deliver strategic outcomes.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Fabiana Rosales de Guaidó, the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, in the White House on March 27.

Trump Should Not Forget Venezuela

Even with the eyes of the world elsewhere, here’s how Trump can keep up pressure on Maduro.

U.S. troops land in Normandy, France, on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

The Lessons of 1944 Are in Jeopardy

Seventy-five years after D-Day, the United States should remember that on-the-ground leadership still works.

U.S. President Donald Trump in the Oval Office in Washington on July 30, 2018.

Trump Deserves More Credit for His Foreign Policies

Obscured by chaos and dysfunction, the White House is pursuing approaches that are better than they seem.

Galleries

A boy plays with a toy plane on the eve of a solar eclipse in La Higuera in the Atacama desert north of Santiago, Chile, on July 1. MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

A solar eclipse in Chile, protests in Hong Kong, and cosplay in Malaysia.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo exits a plane upon his arrival in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on June 24. JACQUELYN MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Diplomacy in Saudi Arabia and North Korea, tragedy at the U.S.-Mexico border, and a heat wave in Europe.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

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Why Young Koreans Love to Splurge

Sometimes blowing your paycheck can be a rational choice.

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China’s Overrated Technocrats

Beijing is famous for putting engineers and scientists in charge. But that doesn’t make for better leaders.

Who Will Win the Self-Driving Future?

China and the United States have drastically different visions for autonomous transportation.

Pandora’s Vox

Thousands of years ago, the ancient Greeks anticipated robots and artificial intelligence—and they didn’t trust them.

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