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Horn of Africa special envoy Jeffrey Feltman leaves Sudan.

Foggy Bottom Bristles at Proliferation of Special Envoys

The State Department’s Africa chief addresses concerns that special envoys shut out other diplomats from policymaking.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks.

Russia Blocks Brit From U.N. Libya Envoy Role

Diplomatic spats could undermine U.N. position ahead of key national elections.

The exterior of the U.S. Capitol building is seen at sunrise in Washington.

Biden Aims to Quash Nord Stream 2 Sanctions in Defense Bill

The move comes amid a European energy crunch and Russian troops massing on the border with Ukraine.

Foreign diplomats look across the DMZ into North Korea.

The Life of Diplomats in North Korea

Internal U.N. documents detail the burden foreign envoys face from sanctions and a stiflingly controlling government in Pyongyang.

David Beasley, Abdalla Hamdok, and Abdelaziz al-Hilu attend a World Food Program visit.

The World Food Program’s Freelance Diplomacy

David Beasley’s unsanctioned mediation efforts in Khartoum rankle U.S. and U.N. diplomats.

Food aid is delivered to a community in Chena, Ethiopia.

State Starts Ethiopia Task Force as It Urges U.S. Citizens to Leave

The Ethiopian government says there is no imminent threat to the capital despite claims from rebel forces.

US army soldiers arrive at Morocco's Agadir military airport on June 9, 2021 to take part in the "African Lion" military exercise.

Ready to Fight Tonight? Not So Much, Some Army Troops Say

The U.S. military might not be as ready for a war with China or Russia as it lets on.

A preventive medicine services sergeant administers a COVID-19 vaccine.

U.S. Army Failed to Warn Troops About COVID-19 Disinformation

Most soldiers said they weren’t told how to deal with Chinese and Russian propaganda.

A vigil for the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy movement in Beijing

Biden’s Summit for Democracy Will Include Some Not-So-Democratic Countries

Countries such as Poland, Mexico, and the Philippines have all undermined their own democratic credentials in recent years.

A scene from Squid Game.

State Department Cable Sees Echoes of Korean Politics in Netflix’s ‘Squid Game’

The dystopian series reflects a “winner-take-all” mentality and South Koreans’ economic frustrations ahead of presidential elections.

U.S. President Joe Biden talks with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

New NSC Hire to Jump-Start Biden’s Africa Strategy

A former top U.S. intelligence official is joining the White House to help craft a new Africa strategy.

The U.S. State Department

State Department Plans ‘China House’ to Counter Beijing

Some fear larger State Department China desk could be a “massive bureaucratic blob.”

Israel's Defense Minister Benny Gantz (left) and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett

Israel Can Live With a New Iran Nuclear Deal, Defense Minister Says

But Benny Gantz also threatens military action if Tehran develops nukes.

The U.N. logo

U.S. and China Reach Deal to Block Myanmar’s Junta From U.N.

The informal deal offers common ground with Beijing and a blow to Myanmar’s hopes of legitimacy.

Antony Blinken, U.S. secretary of state, speaks with Representative Gregory Meeks, a Democrat from New York, and chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, after the conclusion of a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

U.S. Congress Weighs Sanctions on Myanmar’s Oil and Gas

The legislation could also force a ruling on whether the military junta committed genocide against the Rohingya.

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