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 

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis attend the annual Army-Navy football game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dec. 8. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Mattis Had a Mixed Record

An honorable public servant leaves behind a messy legacy.

A Russian flag flies next to the U.S. Embassy building in Moscow on Oct. 22. (Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Not Too Late to Save the INF Treaty

No one should dismiss lightly an agreement that has helped keep the United States and its allies safe for a generation.

Galleries

A woman takes part in a protest against gender violence and femicides in Mexico City on Feb. 2. (Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images)

A Week in World Photos

Protest in Mexico, a blockade in Venezuela, and Lunar New Year snow in China.

A local resident uses a wet towel to fight one front of a large brush fire that started around the mountains overlooking the city center in Cape Town, South Africa, on Jan. 27. (Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images)

A Week in World Photos

Fires in Cape Town, ice in Chicago, and the spring festival in China.

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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