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 pro-government activist holds a portrait of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, during a demonstration on Aug. 14, 2017. (Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)

In 2018, Chavismo’s Time May Finally Run Out

U.S. policy toward Venezuela is changing — and so are political dynamics in Latin America.

Kirill Dmitriev, head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, attends a BRICS summit in Russia in 2015. (Evgeny Biyatov/Host Photo Agency/Ria Novosti via Getty Images)

Nations Are Wielding Their Sovereign Wealth Funds as Tools of Power

Interconnective tissue binds Russia, Arab state-owned investment funds, and Middle Eastern countries undergoing rapid transformations.

A loaded cargo ship in Shanghai on Dec. 6, 2017. (AFP/Getty Images)

Will Global Trade Survive 2018?

Under Trump, the international trade regime is at risk. This year could see it topple.

President Donald Trump delivers a speech in Warsaw, Poland, on July 6, 2017. (Janet Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Nationalism Is Arbitrary, Dangerous, Incoherent, and Silly

Nationalism has a new voice. That makes it all the more imperative to take its claims seriously and meet them head on.

Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump gives two thumbs at the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump’s First Year in Review: Views From the Republican Bench

Foreign policy veterans from previous Republican administrations look back on 2017 — the year of Trump.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini at a joint press conference in Brussels on Dec. 5. (John Thys/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S.-EU Obligations Should Cut Both Ways in 2018

The United States should be able to count on Europe’s help in isolating Iran.

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Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah, addresses crowds remotely at a rally in Beirut on Dec. 11, 2017. (AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Time for the Justice Department to Hold Hezbollah Accountable

The U.S. government must answer tough questions about its efforts to stop the group’s drug trafficking activities.

On this episode of The E.R., Max Boot joins us to discuss his new book "The Road Not Taken."

Meet the Godfather of Modern Counterinsurgency

How would the outcome of the Vietnam War differ if we had listened to Edward Lansdale? The world may never know.  

French President Emmanuel Macron attends a ceremony at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, west of London on Jan. 18. (Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images)

Macron the Conqueror

France is back, thanks to a president committed to disrupting politics at home and abroad.

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How to Stand Up For Human Rights in the Age of Trump

Western democracies that were once reliable defenders of human rights have been consumed by a nativist backlash, leaving an open field for dictators and demagogues.

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In the Magazine

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The Answers Are Out There

Contrary to conventional wisdom, solutions to many of the world’s toughest problems already exist—you just need to know where to look for them.

The view from Lelu Island toward Kitson Island and the Pacific Ocean in July 2017.

Fantasy Island

Exporting British Columbia’s abundant energy resources should have been a slam dunk. How did a multibillion-dollar dream go up in smoke?

A Liberal Defense of Tribalism

There’s nothing wrong with political tribes that can’t be fixed by what’s right with them.

Twilight of the Kurds

Kurdish officials once dreamed of forging their own state out of the ashes of the war against the Islamic State. Now they are fighting for their very survival.

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