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 

A general view taken on July 12, 2018 shows an empty room on the second day of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Brussels. (GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP)

Ban NATO Summits

As long as Donald Trump is president, they're just not worth it.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Jared Kushner meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Israel, on May 22, 2017. (Kobi Gideon/GPO via Getty Images)

Kushner’s Peace Plan Is a Disaster Waiting to Happen

The last thing Israelis and Palestinians need now is another failed blueprint. Stabilizing Gaza is more important.

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, right, greats North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 10. (Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s How the Trump-Kim Summit Could Play Out

No one knows for sure what will happen in Singapore. These are some of the possibilities.

Galleries

A visitor tries on a Striker II helmet-mounted display at the BAE Systems showroom during the Farnborough Airshow southwest of London on July 16. (TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)

A Week in World Photos

An airshow near London, birthday celebrations in Johannesburg, and gymnastics in Colombia.

Afghan pigeon fancier Abdul Ghani feeds his pigeons as they fly from the rooftop of his home in Herat province on June 30. HOSHANG HASHIMI/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

A pigeon fancier in Afghanistan, migrants in the Mediterranean, and a fire-breathing stuntman in India.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

The Red Dress illustration for Foreign Policy

Learning to Work With Robots

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

John Tomac illustration for Foreign Policy

Closing the Factory Doors

For two centuries, countries have used low-wage labor to climb out of poverty. What will happen when robots take those jobs?

How Venezuela Struck It Poor

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

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.