Shadow Gov’t

About Shadow Government

Shadow Government is a blog about U.S. foreign policy in the age of Trump, written by experienced policymakers, scholars, and practitioners from the loyal Democrat opposition. It is co-edited by Derek Chollet, Colin Kahl, and Julie Smith.

Meet the contributors 

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Should Work With Putin to Develop a New Framework for Syria

U.S.-Russia relations have reached a generational low—but there’s still room for cooperation to avert a wider war in the Middle East.

Donald Trump answers a final question while departing a press conference following his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un June 12, 2018 in Singapore. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Trump Has Nobody to Blame for North Korea but Himself

The president's pivot to "strategic impatience" has made an already difficult task substantially more so.

Russian Matryoshka dolls depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump are on sale in the Ruslania book store in Helsinki on July 9. (Timo Jaakonaho/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trump-Putin Summit’s Potential Nuclear Fallout

When the U.S. and Russian presidents meet in Helsinki, the biggest risk won't be on everyone's radar.

Smoke rises above opposition held areas of the city of Daraa during airstrikes by Syrian regime forces on June 29, 2018.     (MOHAMAD ABAZEED/AFP/Getty Images)

America’s Credibility Is on the Line in Syria

Trump must stick to his word and tell Russia to stop violating a critical cease-fire.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks prior to a World Cup  match between Russia and Saudi Arabia on June 14 in Moscow.  (Pool/Getty Images)

Russia’s Goals Won’t End With the World Cup

An emboldened Putin is ready to seize the opportunities Trump has given him.

Galleries

Chase Erickson of the United States stretches as he prepares to compete in the Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo on Aug. 10 in Mount Isa, Australia. Established in 1959, the rodeo is the richest in the southern hemisphere and attracts contestants from all parts of the world. Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Cowboys in Australia, protests in Argentina, and the Gay Games in France.

Citizens hide from Zimbabwean soldiers in the streets of Harare on Aug. 1 after protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country's election. ALEX MCBRIDE /AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Protests in Zimbabwe, soldiers’ remains in Hawaii, and a fringe festival in Scotland.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

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Learning to Work With Robots

AI will change everything. Workers must adapt — or else.

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How Venezuela Struck It Poor

The tragic — and totally avoidable — self-destruction of one of the world’s richest oil economies.

The Hidden Benefits of Uber

Gig work offers a leg up in the developing world.

There’s No Such Thing as a Stable Career

Job insecurity has always been a fact of life. Just ask chimney sweeps, lectors, and telephone operators.