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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U.S. and Turkish flags are seen together on February 14 in Istanbul.  (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

The United States and Turkey Should Fix Their Relationship — Before It’s Too Late

McMaster, Mattis, and Tillerson are having tough conversations with Turkish counterparts.

Faraj Ghazi al-Jamous, a Syrian refugee who was prevented from travel to the United States due to President Donald Trump's executive order blocking entry to citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Syria, holds out a certificate provided by the International Organisation of Migration verifying that he "completed an intensive cultural orientation course" for resettlement, in Amman, Jordan, on Feb. 1, 2017. (Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Has Undercut U.S. Refugee Resettlement. Here’s One Way to Restore It.

Instead of closing resettlement offices and blocking the entry of people from war-ravaged countries, the United States should maintain its historical commitments.

A portrait of U.S. President Donald Trump burns during demonstration in Tehran, Iran, on Dec. 11, 2017. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trump Team’s Blinkered Obsession With the Iran Deal Is Poisoning the Well

Opponents of the nuclear agreement have distorted the debate over U.S. policy in the Middle East.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama and his counterpart Dmitry Medvedev as they sign the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in Prague on April 8, 2010. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

Does Trump Want a Nuclear Arms Race Because Obama Didn’t?

The New START treaty is the only part of the U.S.-Russia relationship that still works — and it might soon lapse.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is sworn in at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 1, 2017. (Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

There’s No Happy Ending for Rex Tillerson

The secretary of state has held on for a year, but it’s too late for his tenure to end well.

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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?

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.

A Liberal Defense of Tribalism

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

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