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.
Either Trump will back down and once again eat his words, or he will strike North Korea, with consequences almost too great to contemplate.
There is a way for the administration to address the agreement’s shortcomings while sustaining its gains.
There's absolutely no reason to close down the path to peace in Afghanistan.
Convincing African countries to truly isolate North Korea would require diplomatic prowess that the United States currently lacks.
The Obama administration didn’t botch negotiations with Tehran. And Trump isn’t going to be able to get something tougher.
Those who were hoping for a new wave of German leadership will be left waiting.
Any future success will be built on the blood of the Rohingya.
A resounding win at the polls doesn’t mean a greenlight for the Japanese PM.
Five questions to help understand what exactly America’s latest Middle Eastern war has, and hasn’t, accomplished.
The International Committee of the Red Cross is “first in, last out” of conflict zones. Their scaling back in Afghanistan is a bad sign.
Roadside bomb attacks are falling overall, except in Afghanistan.
The Iranian-backed forces that took control of Kirkuk from the Kurds are setting their sights on Baghdad.
The attorney general is aware of the threat Moscow poses to American elections — he just hasn’t done anything about it.
Immigration is inevitable. When will the West learn that it promises salvation — not destruction?
How a school administrator in Spain is helping save refugees with little more than fervor and a phone.
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.
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.