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. and Chinese flags at the Qingdao free trade port area in China's Shandong province on May 8.

Here’s What a Progressive China Strategy Would Look Like

Trump’s trade war won’t put Washington on strong footing to compete with Beijing.

Iranian demonstrators carry a portrait of Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and an effigy of U.S. President Donald Trump at a rally in Tehran on May 10.

There Is Still Time for Diplomacy With Iran

The risk of war has risen. But a diplomatic solution remains likely.

Iranian troops in the Strait of Hormuz celebrate National Persian Gulf Day on April 30.

Trump’s Iran Policy Is Becoming Dangerous

Growing evidence suggests the U.S. president is traveling a path toward war—whether he knows it or not.

A Libyan woman hits a photo of strongman Khalifa Haftar with her shoe during a demonstration in Tripoli on April 19.

Trump’s Support for Haftar Won’t Help Libya

The United States should be working to help negotiate peace rather than fanning the flames of another failed war. 

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House on April 2. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

NATO Needs Solidarity for Its 70th Birthday

Trump should dial back the admonishment and offer allies the chance to unite over common purpose.

Photographers outside the U.S. Justice Department in Washington on March 22, after special counsel Robert Mueller delivered his report to Attorney General William Barr. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

The Mueller Report Is a Test for the United States

As the world looks on, it’s up to Washington to demonstrate the strength of its institutions.

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.

Galleries

A man holds a flag depicting former Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva past a bus in flames during a protest organized by the National Students Union in Rio de Janeiro on May 15. Students and teachers from hundreds of universities and colleges began a nationwide demonstration in “defense of education following a raft of budget cuts announced by President Jair Bolsonaro's government. MAURO PIMENTEL/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Protests in Brazil, a greeting in New Zealand, and a pilgrimage in Portugal.

A Palestinian family break their Ramadan fast next to their house that was destroyed in the recent confrontation between Hamas and Israel in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on May 8. SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Breaking fast in Gaza, prayer in Sri Lanka, and World War II remembrance in Belarus.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

Chinese workers construct a shopping mall at a retail and office complex, part of 
a Chinese-backed building boom in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in November 2018. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Catching China by the Belt (and Road)

How Washington can beat Beijing’s global influence campaign.

(Illustration by Shaivalini Kumar and Meroo Seth for Foreign Policy)

India Has a Mindset Problem

Jugaad once symbolized immense potential, but the endless shortcuts are now holding the country back.

The Spycraft Revolution

Changes in technology, politics, and business are all transforming espionage. Intelligence agencies must adapt—or risk irrelevance.

The Spies Who Came In From the Continent

How Brexit could spell the end of Britain’s famed advantage in intelligence.

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