This is Foreign Policy’s forum for Republican policymakers and experts to analyze U.S. foreign policy under the Biden administration. FP’s Shadow Government channel dates back to 2008, switching between Democratic and Republican critiques of the sitting U.S. administration. In 2021, with a Democratic administration in the White House, Shadow Government is an insider’s guide to the debate among Republicans over the future of their party’s national security policies.
Republicans should start off on the right foot as we transition into the opposition.
The U.S.-China conflict may be the defining 21st-century challenge, but the recommendations stand out by what they fail to address.
From maximum pressure to terrorism designations, the Trump administration engaged in transactional diplomacy with little to show for it. The next government must use these tools wisely.
Europeans are relieved by Biden’s victory but will be very disappointed if they don’t heed the lessons of the past four years.
Exaggeration, distortion, spin—that much was expected. More frightening were the things they didn’t say.
In speaking for all Americans—instead of just a section of them—Biden's team has rejected the conventional narrative about how to beat Trump in November.
American, French, and West African leaders must pressure the army to stand down and form an interim government, before a power vacuum and violent extremism threaten the entire region.
Democrats weigh in on a Biden-Harris ticket.
Decentralizing decision-making can help left-behind regions get back on track.
Boris Johnson has contradictory ideas for his country’s future—and no clear paths for getting there.