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.

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The U.S. State Department in Washington.

Praising U.S. Diplomats for Their Testimony Is Not Enough

State Department officials who find themselves wrapped up in the Trump impeachment inquiry will need public support for years to come.

Venezuelans line up to cross into Cúcuta, Colombia, on June 8.

Don’t Let Venezuela’s Crisis Take Down Colombia Too

Washington should do more to address the worsening humanitarian situation in the region.

U.S. President Donald Trump exits after speaking at the U.N. General Assembly in New York City on Sept. 24.

Trump’s Iran Policy Is a Failure

Blame U.S. blunders for the worsening crisis in the region.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence addresses NATO member on Sept. 1, the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, in Warsaw, Poland.

Trump’s Defense Cuts in Europe Will Backfire

Rather than distributing military burdens equitably, Washington’s rollbacks weaken both the United States and its allies.

Galleries

Supporters of former Bolivian President Evo Morales shout slogans during a demonstrion in Cochabamba on Nov. 18. RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP via Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Migrants in Bosnia, a swan roundup in Germany, and protests in Bolivia, Zimbabwe, and Hong Kong.

Celebration after the Berlin Wall opening on Nov. 11, 1989. Patrick Piel/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

30 Years Since the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Celebration and uncertainty in Germany as communism crumbled on Nov. 9, 1989.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

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Why Trade Wars Are Inevitable

Trump’s trade wars aren’t just about him or China—but global economic imbalances that the next U.S. administration will still have to address.

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The Internet Broke the News Industry—and Can Fix It, Too

The only way to save journalism is to make readers direct participants in making, and paying for, the media.

Repent for Your Frequent Flyer Miles!

Feeling guilty for the carbon burned on your last flight? The Germans have a word for that.

The Women Who Shaped Obama’s Foreign Policy

Two new memoirs by Samantha Power and Susan Rice show how idealists became insiders—and what was lost along the way.