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U.S. President Donald Trump and former advisor Steve Bannon during the swearing-in of senior staff at the White House on Jan. 22, 2017. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Ordered Bannon to Limit Testimony

The president relied on a key legal advisor, but his advice could have a downside

Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and ranking member Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)  of the Senate Intelligence Committee listen to testimony from Intelligence officials in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on June 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Lawmakers Demand Investigation Into Lack of Whistleblower Protections for Spies

Senate leaders across party lines are concerned intelligence community watchdogs are failing to protect whistleblowers.

President Donald Trump attends a luncheon with U.S. and African leaders at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 20, 2017 in New York. (Brendan Smialowski      /AFP/Getty Images)

African Ambassadors to Convene in Wake of Trump’s ‘Shithole’ Outburst

U.S. diplomats worry the president’s comments will set back relations. Others wonder why it took the “shithole” comment to get Washington to finally notice Africa.

Russian President Vladimir Putin dances at a festival in Saransk, Russia, on July 19, 2007. (Vladimir Rodionov/AFP/Getty Images)

Dancing to Russia’s Tune in Syria

As the United States stands back, the Saudis and even the U.N. special envoy are now open to a greater Russian diplomatic role in shaping the future of Syria.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley cast lone U.S. veto to block resolution on Jerusalem on December 18, 2017, at UN Headquarters in New York. (Ken Betancur / AFP/Getty Images)

Nikki Haley’s Diplomacy of Revenge Targets U.N. Relief Agency

The United States threatens to pull the plug on hundreds of millions of dollars in funding to the Palestinians.

A flame from a Saudi Aramco oil installation  burns brightly during sunset in the Saudi desert on June 23, 2008.
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Cyberattack Targets Safety System at Saudi Aramco

One report points to Iran, but the evidence is far from conclusive.

(Taylor Callery illustration for Foreign Policy)

Deep Pockets, Deep Cover: The UAE Is Paying Ex-CIA Officers to Build a Spy Empire in the Gulf

They hired Americans to professionalize their intelligence service. But how far can former U.S. spies go?

(Defense Intelligence Agency/Foreign Policy illustration)

A Crisis of Leadership at the Military Intelligence Agency’s Watchdog Office

Since two whistleblowers stepped forward two years ago, morale at the Defense Intelligence Agency Office of the Inspector General has plummeted.

Gen. Michael Flynn, former national security adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, leaves Federal Court on Dec. 1, in Washington, DC.(Brendan Smialowksi/AFP/Getty Images)

White House Counsel Knew in January Flynn Probably Violated the Law

Don McGahn was looking at whether the national security advisor violated federal laws just days after Trump moved into the White House.

New High Commissioner of the United Nations (UN) for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein of Jordan, gestures after a press conference on October 16, 2014 in Geneva. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI        (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

U.N. Human Rights Chief to Leave, Citing ‘Appalling’ Climate for Advocacy

Zeid Ra'ad Hussein worries the global retreat from human rights makes his job untenable.

A girl walks among rubbish in a slum in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Nov. 9, 2016. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Nominee Concedes Saudi Siege of Yemen Could Be Violating U.S. Law

Sen. Todd Young lifts a hold on the president’s pick for the next State Department legal advisor, after extracting a promise to review Saudi Arabia’s actions in Yemen.

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