About Elephants in the Room
Elephants in the Room was a blog about U.S. foreign policy during the presidency of Donald Trump, written by Republican policymakers and experts outside the administration. It was curated by Peter D. Feaver and William Inboden. The blog was discontinued at the end of Trump’s presidency on Jan. 20, 2021. For new articles with a conservative perspective on U.S. foreign policy, read FP’s Shadow Government channel.
Biden Makes His First Bold Move on Asia
The appointment of Kurt Campbell as Biden’s right hand on Asia will supercharge the incoming administration’s policy to counter China.
Biden Must Reverse Course on Western Sahara
Trump’s recognition of Moroccan sovereignty dangerously undermines decades of carefully crafted U.S. policy.
Note to Mohammed bin Salman: Stop Digging Yourself Deeper
The Saudis need to get on Biden’s good side. Obvious places to start include releasing women’s rights activists.
The National Security Risks of Trump’s Temper Tantrum
Refusing to concede and start the transition creates mostly hindrances, not disasters. But on key issues, obstructing Biden puts America in danger.
Trump’s Parting Gift to Biden: A More Stable Middle East
He was successful because only an iconoclastic president could have rejected false assumptions and failed strategies.
It’s Africa’s Century—for Better or Worse
Chinese TikTok Users Are in Love With ‘Daddy Putin’
Why Is Madrid Pandering to Morocco?
In Sri Lanka, Organic Farming Went Catastrophically Wrong
What’s the Endgame in Ukraine?
How to Help Ukraine Fight Cultural Erasure
Africa’s Stolen Art Debate Is Frozen in Time
The Cryptocurrency Crash Is Replaying 2008 as Absurdly as Possible
Ukraine’s War Has Already Changed the World’s Economy
Killer Robots Are Here—and We Need to Regulate Them
In the Magazine
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How to Save Global Capitalism From Itself
Decentralizing decision-making can help left-behind regions get back on track.
Britain’s Post-Brexit Identity Crisis
Boris Johnson has contradictory ideas for his country’s future—and no clear paths for getting there.