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 

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.

Barack Obama presents former U.S. president George H.W. Bush with the 2010 Medal of Freedom in the East Room of the White House on Feb. 15, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

How George H.W. Bush Became a Democrat

America’s center-left resisted his approach to foreign policy—and eventually adopted it as their own.

Chinese police patrol a night market near the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar in China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region on June 25, 2017, a day before the Eid al-Fitr holiday. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

China Is Violating Uighurs’ Human Rights. The United States Must Act.

Much of the world has turned a blind eye to Beijing’s abuses. Washington cannot remain silent in the face of an elaborate campaign of repression and religious discrimination.

Galleries

Kenyan security forces help people escape after a bomb blast at DusitD2 hotel in Nairobi on Jan. 15. A huge blast followed by a gun battle rocked the upmarfket hotel and office complex, killing at least 21 in an attack claimed by the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab Islamist group. KABIR DHANJI/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Protests in Britain, animal blessings in Spain, and attacks in Kenya, Afghanistan, and Colombia.

A Vietnamese woman collects incense sticks in the village of Quang Phu Cau on the outskirts of Hanoi on Jan. 3. In Vietnam's “incense village,” hundreds of workers dye, dry, and whittle down bamboo bark to make the fragrant sticks ahead of the busy lunar new year holiday. MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Preparation for the Lunar New Year in Vietnam, the election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Epiphany celebrations around the world.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers his first State of the Union address in Washington on Jan. 30, 2018. (Win McNamee/AFP/Getty Images)

Welcome to the World’s Least Ugly Economy

Despite inequality, debt, and a tariff war, the U.S. economy is still the strongest.

A member of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces takes down a tattered Islamic State flag in Tabqa, Syria, in April 2017. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

The New Face of Terrorism in 2019

Forget the Middle East—it’s time to prepare for attacks from the former Soviet Union.

Broke in Beirut

In Capernaum, Nadine Labaki finds a new way for film to deal with poverty.

Press ‘A’ to Study Harder

A new video game captures the anxiety of Chinese parenting.

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