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.

A World Trade Organization sign is seen at WTO headquarters in Geneva on Sept. 21, 2018.

Trump’s Real Trade War Is Being Waged on the WTO

By undermining the organization’s dispute resolution body, the administration is undoing decades of rules-based economic cooperation—to the United States’ own peril.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Bernie Sanders participate in a Democratic presidential debate in Atlanta, Georgia, on Nov. 20.

Democratic Frontrunners Are Wrong About Aid for Israel

Putting America’s annual $3.8 billion of military assistance to Israel on the chopping block makes for good politics. But it makes no sense for U.S. national security.

Saudi Defense Ministry spokesman Turki bin Saleh al-Malki displays materials recovered from an attack targetting a Saudi Aramco facility during a press conference in Riyadh on Sept. 18.

U.S. Deterrence in the Middle East Is Collapsing

The withdrawal from Syria is part of a broader pattern of weakness, especially in response to Iran.

Displayed on a monitor, U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 24.

Trump’s Globalism Is a Caricature of Multilateralism

When it comes to international cooperation, the White House is repeating the mistakes of the past.

Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga reviews an honor guard during a ceremonial reception in New Delhi on Sept. 20.

The United States Should Help Mongolia Stand Up to China

On Beijing’s doorstep, Ulaanbaatar continues to defy the geopolitical odds.

Galleries

A boy and his father wear protective masks amid the coronavirus outbreak as they take a selfie at Tiananmen Gate in Beijing on Jan. 23. NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP via Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

An outbreak in China, protests in Iraq, and locusts in Kenya.

Residents commute on a road through thick smoke from bushfires in Bemboka, in Australia's New South Wales state, on Jan. 5. SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Otherworldly Photos of the Australian Bushfires

Deadly blazes have swept the country amid record heat, killing more than 20 people and millions of animals and leaving behind a charred, apocalyptic landscape.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

Dan Saelinger illustration for Foreign Policy

Can Social Democrats Save the World (Again)?

Communism and democratic socialism won’t heal today’s political divisions. But social democracy—which helped ward off extremism following World War II—could.

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Why Socialism Won’t Work

Capitalism is still the best way to handle risk and boost innovation and productivity.

How Climate Change Has Supercharged the Left

Global warming could launch socialists to unprecedented power—and expose their movement’s deepest contradictions.

Why the Berlin Wall Still Matters

Fragments of the wall have become museum pieces. But with the rise of extremist parties in Germany, the debate over the barrier’s legacy is anything but history.