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 

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed holds a press conference in Addis Ababa on Aug. 25, 2018. (Michael Tewelde/AFP/Getty Images)

Abiy Ahmed Should Be a Natural Friend for the United States

Seeking the right partners is just as important as avoiding the wrong ones.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference following his second summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi on Feb. 28. (Tuan Mark/Getty Images)

Trump Doesn’t Deserve Any Credit for His Disruptive Foreign Policy

There’s no substance behind arguments that the U.S. president is using his unpredictability to the country’s advantage.

South Korean television shows footage of the public demolition of a North Korean cooling tower at the Yongbyon nuclear complex on June 27, 2008. (JUNG Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images)

The Push for a Trump-Kim Nuke Deal Is Far From Over

When it comes to an agreement between Washington and Pyongyang, doing it right beats doing it fast.

Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on June 1, 2017. (Olga Maltseva/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s How Trump Can Make Better Use of Corporate Sanctions

The U.S. president’s deal with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska should teach policymakers a sharp lesson.

Supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro rally in Caracas on Jan. 23. (Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Should Put the Safety of American Diplomats First

By failing to prioritize the security of U.S. officials in Venezuela, the White House bungled what could have been a rare foreign-policy success.

A supporter of the Fatah movement carries a banner depicting U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a rally in Nablus, the West Bank, on Jan. 3. (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP/Getty Images)

Dear Democrats: Don’t Let Trump Kill the Two-State Solution

Here’s how the new Congress should buy time for Israeli-Palestinian peace under the next president.

Galleries

A bird flies near riot police during a protest against the intention of the El Salvador National Congress to put the water service in the hands of the private sector in San Salvador on March 20. Alex Peña/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Protests in El Salvador, mourning in Mozambique, and spring celebrations in India and Turkey.

A child dressed as a Pope cries during the weekly Angelus prayer at St. Peter's square in the Vatican on March 3. TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Protests in Algeria, a pope costume at the Vatican, and International Women’s Day around the world.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

The Fearless Girl statue looks up at Wall Street's Charging Bull sculpture in New York on March 29, 2018.  (Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The End of Economics?

Human beings are rarely rational—so it’s time we all stopped pretending they are.

Firefighters try to control a blaze as it spreads toward the towns of Douglas City and Lewiston in California on July 31, 2018. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

The Coming Climate Crisis

The Little Ice Age could offer a glimpse of our tumultuous future.

Understanding Trump’s Trade War

This year will show what the president really wants. Here’s what to watch for.

Springtime for Strongmen

The world’s authoritarians are on the march—and the West helped pave the way.

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