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 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.

U.S. President Donald Trump discusses tariffs with Congressmen Sean Duffy, left, and Robert Aderholt in the White House on Jan. 24.

Congress Should Take Back Its Authority Over Tariffs

Legislators must reinsert themselves into the trade policymaking process.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump meet in the White House on March 20, 2018.

It’s Time for Saudi Arabia to Stop Exporting Extremism

Trump should not waste his opportunity to begin repairing Wahhabism’s trail of wreckage.

U.S. President Donald Trump, right, and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He talk to reporters at the White House on April 4. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

A Win-Win U.S.-China Trade Deal Is Possible

Selling more goods is not enough. Trump’s trade agreement with Beijing must include real structural reforms.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar at the White House on March 15, 2018. (Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)

Trans-Atlantic Trade Is Headed Toward Disaster

Trump is mulling new auto tariffs that could send the global economy into a tailspin.

Supporters of Ukrainian presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko at a pre-election rally in Kiev on March 29. (Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty Images)

Ukraine’s Election Will Test the Strength of Its Democracy

The outcome of the vote is not nearly as important as the quality of the electoral process.

Galleries

A man holds a flag depicting former Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva past a bus in flames during a protest organized by the National Students Union in Rio de Janeiro on May 15. Students and teachers from hundreds of universities and colleges began a nationwide demonstration in “defense of education following a raft of budget cuts announced by President Jair Bolsonaro's government. MAURO PIMENTEL/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Protests in Brazil, a greeting in New Zealand, and a pilgrimage in Portugal.

A Palestinian family break their Ramadan fast next to their house that was destroyed in the recent confrontation between Hamas and Israel in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on May 8. SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Breaking fast in Gaza, prayer in Sri Lanka, and World War II remembrance in Belarus.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

Chinese workers construct a shopping mall at a retail and office complex, part of 
a Chinese-backed building boom in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in November 2018. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Catching China by the Belt (and Road)

How Washington can beat Beijing’s global influence campaign.

(Illustration by Shaivalini Kumar and Meroo Seth for Foreign Policy)

India Has a Mindset Problem

Jugaad once symbolized immense potential, but the endless shortcuts are now holding the country back.

The Spycraft Revolution

Changes in technology, politics, and business are all transforming espionage. Intelligence agencies must adapt—or risk irrelevance.

The Spies Who Came In From the Continent

How Brexit could spell the end of Britain’s famed advantage in intelligence.

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