Diplomacy

Pence listens while Trump speaks in New York in September 2017. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Amid Chaos in Trump White House, Diplomats Turn to Pence

Diplomat in Trump’s Washington? Step into the vice president’s office.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, right, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at U.N. headquarters in New York on Sept. 18. (Kevin Hagen/Getty Images)

Trump Has an Iran Strategy — But It Will Be Very Tough to Pull Off

The Trump administration’s game plan has a certain logic, but executing it will be the most difficult diplomatic gambit his team has attempted thus far.

A logo of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is displayed in front of the organization headquarters on September 14, 2011. AFP PHOTO MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. to Pull Out of UNESCO, Again

Worried about past dues and what it calls an anti-Israel bias, Washington is bailing on the group it helped found.

Members of the Iraqi Christian forces Kataeb Babylon detain a suspected Islamic State member southeast of Mosul.

ISIS’s Other Victims

The world needs a plan to deal with the wives and children of the Islamic State's defeated jihadis.

The Russian general consulate in San Francisco in Dec. 2016. / JOSH EDELSON / AFP / Getty Images

Are Parking Spaces the Next Casualty of the U.S.-Russian Diplomatic Spat?

Russia has 11 spots in D.C. Where they are, nobody knows, but perhaps they could soon go.

The Cuban flag flies by the country's Washington, D.C. embassy in July 2015. / Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

U.S. Boots 15 Cuban Diplomats out of Washington

But the State Department says it’s not blaming Havana for “attacks” on U.S. diplomats’ health.

TOPSHOT - An old American car passes by the US Embassy in Havana on December 17, 2015. The United States announced Thursday the resumption of regular flights to and from Cuba, the latest step in a historic thaw in relations. "On December 16, the United States and Cuba reached a bilateral arrangement to establish scheduled air services between the two countries," the State Department said in a statement. / AFP / YAMIL LAGE        (Photo credit should read YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images)

If Cuba Can’t Keep U.S. Diplomats Safe, What’s the Point of Normalizing Relations?

The Trump administration should immediately reduce the U.S. embassy in Havana to skeleton staff and order the same for the Cuban embassy in Washington.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 19:  President Donald Trump speaks to world leaders at the 72nd United Nations (UN) General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York on September 19, 2017 in New York City. This is Trump's first appearance at the General Assembly where he addressed threats from Iran and North Korea among other global concerns.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

A U.S. President Is Finally Speaking Up for the People of Iran

At his speech to the U.N., Trump put the plight of Iranians front and center.

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Mapped: North Korea’s Diplomatic Missions Abroad

Countries have expelled their North Korean ambassadors, but are they really scaling back diplomatic ties?

Cambodian police man a barricade outside a prison in Trapaing Phlong in Tbong Khmum province on September 11, 2017, where opposition leader Kem Sokha is being held after being detained last week.   
Politicians from Cambodia's embattled opposition movement on September 11 protested outside the far-flung border prison where their leader has been held for alleged treason, as strongman premier Hun Sen threatened to dissolve a party floundering under his protracted crackdown.  / AFP PHOTO / STR        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

While Cambodian Democracy Withers, Washington Stands Aloof

While Obama’s “pivot” to Asia gave rights advocates cause for hope, Washington’s longstanding indifference to Cambodia ensured minimal leverage.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani waits for the arrival of his French counterpart at New York's Millenium Hotel for a meeting on September 18, 2017 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. / AFP PHOTO / ludovic MARIN        (Photo credit should read LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Weighs Options on Detainees in Iran

Families of Americans held in Iran appeal to White House to talk to Tehran.

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