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Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) talks with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson before  a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, Oct. 30, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Lawmakers Slam Tillerson’s Bungled State Department Reforms

There's growing concern on the Hill that the secretary of state is mangling American diplomacy.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) talks with reporters in Washington D.C. on Nov. 3, 2015. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Can Senator Corker Save the State Department?

The gross misconduct of Rex Tillerson and the White House toward career diplomats and the Foreign Service might require an unlikely savior.

The US State Department  in Washington, DC. (Nicholas KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

White House Taps Pence Associate to Run Foreign Service

Critics fear Trump administration will politicize diplomatic corps with unprecedented pick.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson leaves a briefing on North Korea at the State Department on Aug. 22, 2017 (Brendan Smialowski   /AFP/Getty Images)

State Department Scraps Sanctions Office

The Trump administration was three weeks late on a Russia sanctions deadline. But it’s killed the office that coordinates them.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson departs after  delivering a statement at the State Department on Oct. 4, 2017. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

As State Department Withers, So Does Diversity in Top Ranks

Tillerson “hasn’t put his money where his mouth is.”

Members of a Myanmar military honor guard raise their bayonet-mounted rifles in a salute during a dawn flag-raising ceremony at Yangon's central Mahabandoola Park on Jan. 4. (Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Pulls Military Assistance to Myanmar Over Rohingya Abuses

But experts say the measures will have limited effect and could even backfire.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in Qatar on Oct. 23 — one leg of a trip to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, India, and Switzerland.

Tillerson’s Views on India Defy Trump’s Incoherent Foreign Policy

Ahead of his trip to Delhi, the secretary of state articulated a clear vision for the U.S. relationship with India. Let’s hope it was not an anomaly.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a surprise visit to Afghanistan on October 23, 2017. (Alex Brandon/AFP/Getty Images)

Tillerson Open to Peace Talks With ‘Moderate’ Taliban

The U.S. secretary of state reopened the offer during a surprise visit to Afghanistan.

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.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets US President Donald Trump  prior to the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7.
Leaders of the world's top economies will gather from July 7 to 8, 2017 in Germany for likely the stormiest G20 summit in years, with disagreements ranging from wars to climate change and global trade. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / IAN LANGSDON        (Photo credit should read IAN LANGSDON/AFP/Getty Images)

Rational Security on The E.R.: The “Moron” Edition

Is Trump’s undermining of Tillerson another step in his “madman” theory of diplomacy?

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.

People hold up placards to protest against US President Donald Trump's executive order suspending the resettlement of refugees and banning people from seven majority-Muslim countries from entry into the US, during a rally near the US embassy in Tokyo on January 31, 2017.
Some 40 foreigners living in Japan participated in the rally, as a defiant US President Trump struggled to defuse a mounting backlash over his ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations. / AFP / KAZUHIRO NOGI        (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump to Cut Number of Refugees in U.S. by More Than Half

A long, contentious internal debate concludes with the lowest quota in almost 40 years.

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