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.

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (R) and Ethiopia's Foreign Minister Workeneh Gebeyehu prepare to welcome an Eritrean delegation at the international airport in Addis Ababa on June 26, 2018.

Trump Needs to Close the Deal in the Horn of Africa

A lasting peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea would be an enormous strategic win for the West.

Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado (C) takes part in a women's march in Caracas on May 6, 2017.

Don’t Let Venezuela’s Government Smear the Opposition’s Brightest Star

Maduro’s autocratic regime is going after María Corina Machado because she is fearless and incorruptible. She needs Washington’s support.

U.S. President Donald Trump (C), Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R), and South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) pose for photos before attending the Northeast Asia Security Dinner at the U.S. Consulate General   in Hamburg, Germany, July 6, 2017.

With North Korea, Good Intentions Aren’t Enough

Trump's unilateral negotiating strategy will fail unless the United States collaborates with its regional allies — and adversaries — to forge a lasting peace.

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

Why Mexico’s Foreign Policy is About to Turn Left

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, right, shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Kim Got What He Wanted in Singapore. Trump Didn’t.

The G-7 and Singapore summits have put on display breathtaking strategic incoherence and appalling moral vacuity on the part of the Trump administration.

Galleries

Afghan pigeon fancier Abdul Ghani feeds his pigeons as they fly from the rooftop of his home in Herat province on June 30. HOSHANG HASHIMI/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

A pigeon fancier in Afghanistan, migrants in the Mediterranean, and a fire-breathing stuntman in India.

The full moon rises behind burning moorland as a large wildfire sweeps across the moors between Dovestones and Buckton Vale in Stalybridge, England.  (Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)

A Week in World Photos

A fiery moon over England, a chess champion in Nepal, and rhino relocation in Kenya.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

The Red Dress illustration for Foreign Policy

Learning to Work With Robots

AI will change everything. Workers must adapt — or else.

Print

Facing the Future of Work

How to adapt to robots, AI, trade wars, and an aging planet.

How Venezuela Struck It Poor

The tragic — and totally avoidable — self-destruction of one of the world’s richest oil economies.

The Occupation as Entertainment

The second season of the acclaimed TV thriller “Fauda” obscures the dark realities of Israeli rule in the West Bank.