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Acting U.S. Secretary of State John Sullivan speaks on the release of the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices in Washington, D.C. on April 20, 2018. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Human Rights Groups Bristling at State Department Report

What’s not in the report is as important as what’s in it.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech at the Grand National Assembly in Ankara on March 20. (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey Wants to Veto Civil Society Organizations at the OSCE

It wouldn’t be the first time Erdogan took domestic politics to the international arena.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo walks to a meeting with Virginia Sen. Mark Warner on Capitol Hill on April 18. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Pompeo North Korea Visit Throws Wrench in Confirmation Fight

The behind-the-scenes effort to rally enough senators to confirm Pompeo just got tougher.

A Yemeni child looks out on buildings damaged in an airstrike in the southern Yemeni city of Taez on March 18. (Ahmad Al-Basha)

Senators Demand Answers From Trump Team on Yemen

Administration officials defended their position, but lawmakers weren’t happy with their answers.

Portraits of the Russian and Syrian presidents are displayed at the government-held Wafideen checkpoint on the outskirts of Damascus on April 3. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)

How Social Media Built the Case for Trump’s Strike on Syria

Evidence of chemical weapons used to require a chain of custody. Now, open-source intelligence is often enough.

The Changbai Shan, a Chinese amphibious warfare ship that’s taken advantage of commercial ports for resupply, Jan. 26, 2015. (Wikimedia Commons)

One Belt, One Road, One Happy Chinese Navy

Beijing is using commercial bridgeheads to give its warships staying power in the Indian Ocean.

A U.S. convoy of armored vehicles on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Manbij on March 5, 2017. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

Iranian-Backed Militias Set Sights on U.S. Forces

Airstrikes against Syria may galvanize support against the United States.

Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr, the director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, briefs the press on the strikes against Syria at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., on April 14. 2018. 
SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

Syrian Chemical Weapons Prompts Missile Volley From Trump

U.S. is “locked and loaded” for more strikes, but only if Assad uses chemical weapons.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a news conference at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on Nov. 6, 2017. (Kiyoshi Ota/AFP/Getty Images)

Can a Weekend at Mar-a-Lago Rescue the Trump-Abe Relationship?

The Japanese prime minister’s courtship of the U.S. president worked. For a while.

Protesters stand and chant behind Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo before his confirmation hearing in the Senate on April 12. (Jim WatsonAFP/Getty Images)

Pompeo Gets a Grilling on the Hill

Mike Pompeo’s charm offensive may have stumbled out of the gate in his confirmation hearing to be Trump’s top diplomat.

Brian Hook, the director of policy planning at the U.S. State Department, speaks at the Concordia Annual Summit in New York on Sept. 19, 2017. (Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Concordia Summit)

Top Advisor’s Fate Serves as Bellwether for State Department

White House officials want Brian Hook to stay in his current role in Foggy Bottom, but a demoralized diplomatic corps would like to see him go.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks to lawmakers on Capitol Hill on April 10. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Zuckerberg: We’re in an ‘Arms Race’ With Russia, but AI Will Save Us

Buckle up — the technology won’t be ready for another decade.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel with Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko, in Berlin, Apr. 10, 2018. (Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images)

Is Germany Souring on Russia’s Nord Stream?

Merkel now talks of protecting Ukraine’s interests as Russia’s $12 billion gas pipeline seeks to bypass Kiev.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski attends a ceremony marking the fifth anniversary of the presidential plane crash in Smolensk on April 10, 2015. (Wojtek Radwanski/AFP/Getty Images)

Has the Clock Run Out on the Smolensk Conspiracy?

Blaming the Russians, or political opponents, only goes so far.

A Tomahawk missile launched from the destroyer USS Porter heading toward Syria on April 7, 2017.  (Ford Williams/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

For a Second Strike on Syria, Trump Will Have to Go Big

With little to show for last year’s missile attack, the Trump administration is contemplating a larger campaign against the Assad government.

A hard hat with the slogan "Make America Great Again" printed on it at the newly opened Acosta Deep Mine in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, on June 8, 2017. (Justin Merriman/Getty Images)

Trump Makes American Coal Great Again — Overseas

U.S. coal exports have exploded. Can that continue?

U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster attends a White House meeting with President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on March 20, 2018. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

McMaster Unleashes on Russia in Final Speech

The outgoing national security advisor took one last swipe at Putin’s efforts to undermine Western democracies.

A convoy of U.S. armored vehicles near the northern Syrian city of Manbij, on March 5, 2017. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Contradicts Top Officials on Syria Policy

Two events, just minutes apart, had very different messages.

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