Middle East & Africa
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and President Donald Trump wait for a luncheon with African leaders on Sept. 20, 2017 in New York. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Diplomat’s Resignation Signals Wider Exodus From State Department

One diplomat's stinging resignation letter offers a glimpse into declining morale at the State Department under Trump.

The State Department seal on the podium before a photo opportunity from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, June 9 in Washington, D.C. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

White House Names Trump Loyalist to Iran Policy Job at State Department

The Trump administration’s pick for the Iran post will likely back a more aggressive stance.

Palestinian Hamas militants  in the Gaza Strip, on December 7. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)

SitRep: Trump Jerusalem Decision Sparks Day of Rage Across Middle East

Temporary government funding bill pushed through, fighting ebbs in Yemen

A Hezbollah supporter displays a picture of Iran's late Ayatollah Khomeini, in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, on Oct. 1. (Anwar Amro/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s How Both Obama and Trump Stoked the Saudi-Iranian Rivalry

The United States should find a more effective way to deter Tehran and restrain Riyadh.

A giant US flag screened alongside Israel's national flag by the Jerusalem municipality on the walls of the old city on Dec. 6.
(AFP photo / Ahmad Gharabali)

Trump Just Sabotaged His Own Peace Process

The president has ended any hope that the United States can broker a diplomatic solution in the Holy Land.

US special operations forces near Raqqa, Syria on May 25, 2016. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

Pentagon Acknowledges 2,000 Troops in Syria

Officials have no plans to withdraw U.S. forces until ISIS is beaten.

The Israeli flag flies in front of the Dome of the Rock and the city of Jerusalem on Dec. 1.
(Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

Will the U.S. Embassy’s Move to Jerusalem Matter?

Israel currently sits athwart two countervailing strategic trends.

The US embassy in Tel Aviv on December 6. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images).

SitRep: U.S. Military Preparing for Violence in Wake of Trump Jerusalem Announcement

Marines deploying to embassies, Yemen gets worse, Tillerson's chilly reception in Europe

The Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem on November 27, 2014. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Trump to Announce Recognition of Jerusalem

The administration risks riling the region to fulfill a campaign promise.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Pearce sits next to a young boy during a visit to Shiek Burhan Al Asee's house during a patrol of the Riyahd village in Iraq on March 8, 2007. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway)

Quote of the day: For what purpose would you need a combat rocking chair?

Answer: For a military chaplain to hold and comfort wounded and dying Iraqi children.

A man takes a picture of the Dome of the Rock mosque in Jerusalem, on December 4. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

SitRep: Allies Warn Trump About Jerusalem Decision

Washington tells Moscow to show its roll in Syria; Huge new U.S./South Korean military exercise

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 15:  Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee member Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) listens to testimony during a hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill November 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams testified before the committee about community-level health promotion programs and businesses that offer incentives to employees that practice healthy lifestyles.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

GOP Senator Presses Trump Administration Over Deadly Saudi Blockade in Yemen

Sen. Todd Young is holding up a key State Department confirmation until the White House helps ease the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen.

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