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 signs new sanctions on Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, at the White House in Washington, DC, on  June 24, 2019.

If Trump Hates Obama’s Nuclear Deal, Why Is He Letting Up on Iran?

Iran is stockpiling enriched uranium and may soon receive advanced weapons from Russia. Trump has an easy way to tighten the screws.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the NATO summit in Watford, England, on Dec. 4, 2019.

Trump and Johnson Can Quickly Strike a Trade Deal—If They Avoid the Pitfalls

The U.S. and Britain both want a trade agreement post-Brexit. China and chickens could get in the way.

Sudanese protesters arrive to the town of Atbara from Khartoum on Dec. 19, 2019, to mark the first anniversary of the beginning of the uprising that toppled former President Omar al-Bashir.

Sudan Is Remaking Its Relationship With the Rest of the World

From meeting with Netanyahu to working with the ICC, the new government is reversing the foreign policy of the Bashir era.

A woman uses her phone as she walks past an ATM for the digital currency bitcoin in Hong Kong on Dec. 18, 2017.

The Greenback Needs a Digital Makeover

To preserve the dollar’s status as the world’s reserve currency, the United States can’t let China get ahead on cryptocurrency.

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.

Galleries

The Rev. Giuseppe Corbari, a priest in the village of Robbiano, Italy, near Milan, celebrates Mass in front of photographs of his congregation attached to empty pews March 22. The priest appealed to his parishioners to send him selfies so he wouldn’t be alone when celebrating Mass. PIERO CRUCIATTI/AFP via Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Overwhelmed hospitals, strictly enforced lockdowns, and creative approaches to social distancing.

Medical assistance teams from across China leave Wuhan as the number of new coronavirus infections drops. At a farewell ceremony March 19, a Wuhan medical worker (right) embraces a member of a Jiangsu medical assistance team who helped with the recovery effort. STR/AFP via Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Prayers to end a pandemic, shuttered cities around the globe, and some relief in Wuhan, China.

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.