Shadow Gov’t

About Shadow Government

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.

Street art on a section of the former Berlin Wall shows U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, on April 26 in Berlin.

The Trump State Department’s Swan Song? A Strange, Flawed China Paper.

The U.S.-China conflict may be the defining 21st-century challenge, but the recommendations stand out by what they fail to address.

U.S. President Donald Trump displays his signature after signing into law new sanctions against Iran with Vice President Mike Pence (R) and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (L) at the White House on June 24, 2019.

Trump Abused U.S. Sanctions and Failed to Get Results. Biden Can Do Better.

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.

U.S. then-Vice President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the chancellery in Berlin on Feb. 1, 2013.

For the West, There Is No Road Back to a Time Before Trump

Europeans are relieved by Biden’s victory but will be very disappointed if they don’t heed the lessons of the past four years.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Aug. 24.

What the Republican National Convention Tells Us About Trump’s Foreign Policy

Exaggeration, distortion, spin—that much was expected. More frightening were the things they didn’t say.

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware on July 28.

How the Democrats Stole the Republicans’ Turf

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.

Malian Air Force deputy chief of staff Ismael Wague speaks during a press conference in Kati, Mali on August 19.

Mali Needs a Marshall Plan, Not a Military Regime

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.

Galleries

Protesters—many of them armed—try to enter the Michigan House of Representatives chamber and are stopped by state police during a protest April 30 demanding that businesses be reopened. An “American Patriot Rally” organized by Michigan United for Liberty was held earlier in the day on the steps of the state Capitol in Lansing. JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images

The Week in World Photos

Global protests against government-imposed lockdowns, gang violence in El Salvador, and hat tips to medical staff.

Muslims offer prayers on April 23, the first night of Ramadan, in Bireuen, Indonesia. AMANDA JUFRIAN/AFP via Getty Images

The Week in World Photos

A prayerful start to Ramadan, medical workers on the front lines of a pandemic, and the annual Lyrids meteor shower.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

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How to Save Global Capitalism From Itself

Decentralizing decision-making can help left-behind regions get back on track.

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Britain’s Post-Brexit Identity Crisis

Boris Johnson has contradictory ideas for his country’s future—and no clear paths for getting there.

The Ugly End of Chimerica

The coronavirus pandemic has turned a conscious uncoupling into a messy breakup.

The 3 Most Polarizing Words in India

“Jai Shri Ram” was meant to be a celebration of a Hindu deity. But the phrase is turning into hate speech—and a dog whistle for attacks on Muslims.