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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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North (top) and South (bottom) Korean border posts on Aug. 21, 2015. (Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images)

Seven Reasons Why Putting U.S. Nukes Back in South Korea Is a Terrible Idea

Here are seven reasons why the United States should not seek to deploy nuclear weapons in the Korean Peninsula.

Donald Trump speaks at a rally against the Iran nuclear deal on Sept. 9, 2015. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

If Trump Won’t Certify the Nuke Deal, He Should Do This Instead

There is a way for the administration to address the agreement’s shortcomings while sustaining its gains.

The vice minister of the North Korean Ministry of People's Security inspects weapons at a police training academy in Kampala, Uganda, on June 13, 2013.

The U.S. Needs Real Diplomacy to Counter North Korea in Africa

Convincing African countries to truly isolate North Korea would require diplomatic prowess that the United States currently lacks.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 10:  U.S. President Barack Obama speaks while meeting with President-elect Donald Trump (L) following a meeting in the Oval Office November 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. Trump is scheduled to meet with members of the Republican leadership in Congress later today on Capitol Hill.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The Myth of a ‘Better’ Iran Deal

The Obama administration didn’t botch negotiations with Tehran. And Trump isn’t going to be able to get something tougher.

People hold up placards with the name of German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R, on stage) as she addresses the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) rally in Bitterfeld, eastern Germany on August 29, 2017, less than a month before the September 24th general election. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN        (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Merkel Will Spend the Next Four Years Battling Forces at Home

Those who were hoping for a new wave of German leadership will be left waiting.

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Shinzo Abe speaks at his party's headquarters in Oct. 2017 (Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images

Abe, Fresh Off Election Victory, Now Gets to Host Trump

A resounding win at the polls doesn’t mean a greenlight for the Japanese PM.

Supporters of the Kenyan opposition National Super Alliance during a demonstration in Nairobi on Oct. 11. (Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images)

Kenya Braces for a Disaster of an Election

Amid unprecedented uncertainty, this week’s rerun presidential vote could get very ugly.

A member of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) removes an Islamic State flag in the Syrian town of Tabqa on April 30. (DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

What the End of ISIS Means

Five questions to help understand what exactly America’s latest Middle Eastern war has, and hasn’t, accomplished.

The tailor's room, where Lorena Enebral Perez fell to the ground after being shot in the room's doorway. After being cleaned of Perez' blood, the room has been unused since the September 11 shooting death of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) physiotherapist Lorena Enebral Perez (38), at the Mazar-i Sharif ICRC Orthopaedic Centre, which caters for the rehabilitation of Afghans with severe physical disabilities like amputations and paraplegia as well as those suffering from congenital diseases with physical side-effects like polio and cerebral palsy. Enebral Perez was shot by a patient who had had his polio treated at the orthopaedic centre for 19 years. The motive for the killing is still unclear. The orthopaedic centre closed in the days that followed the death. Passive security upgrades are being implemented and ICRC hopes to reopen soon.

One Deadly Bullet Shatters Thousands in Afghanistan

The International Committee of the Red Cross is “first in, last out” of conflict zones. Their scaling back in Afghanistan is a bad sign.

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This Land Is Their Land

Immigration is inevitable. When will the West learn that it promises salvation — not destruction?

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Rescuing Migrants From a Couch in Galicia

How a school administrator in Spain is helping save refugees with little more than fervor and a phone.

On the Edge of Afghanistan

A decimated economy, a resurgent Taliban, and growing tensions with Iran are driving disenchanted Afghans to seek opportunities abroad. And for many it’s their only option.

Highway Through Hell

The human-smuggling route across the Sahara may have been the deadliest on Earth. Then the EU paid Niger’s army to shut it down — and made it even more treacherous.

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