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State Department Struggling on Diversity, New Report Finds

The most comprehensive study to date shows that State has in some ways become less diverse than it was in 2002.

U.S. soldiers reinforce the U.S.-Mexico border fence

Trump to Raid Pentagon’s War Account to Build Border Wall

The White House plans to divert $3.8 billion from across the Department of Defense to build Trump’s long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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State Stonewalls Congress on Embassy Oversight

Allegations of mismanagement at the U.S. Embassy in South Africa go unaddressed.

The Pentagon logo and an American flag are lit up in the briefing room of the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, on Jan. 3, 2002.

Visitors From Virus-Hit Chinese Province Almost Toured the Pentagon

The department canceled the tour at the last minute due to concerns about the coronavirus epidemic.

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At Embassies Abroad, Trump Envoys Are Quietly Pushing Out Career Diplomats

“There’s zero support or pushback from the department for the career people,” said one former U.S. official.

U.S. Air Force Rockwell B-1 Lancer

Legacy U.S. Air Force Fighters, Bombers Are on the Chopping Block

The Pentagon will propose retiring many of its older aircraft as new capabilities come online, but the cuts aren’t as steep as initially planned.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Belarus's President Alexander Lukashenko

Trump Administration Expected to Appoint First Ambassador to Belarus in Over a Decade

The veteran diplomat Julie Fisher is likely to be given the task of strengthening ties with a nation still dominated by Russia.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

State Department Pressed Pompeo to Emphasize ‘One Mission’ in Ukraine

Memo urges secretary of state to cut through confusion created by impeachment testimony.

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping

U.S. State Department Appoints Envoy to Counter Chinese Influence at the U.N.

The Trump administration’s retreat from multilateralism left a political void that China is seeking to fill. Now, the United States wants to turn back the clock.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Trump Administration Blocks Iran’s Top Diplomat From Addressing the U.N. Security Council

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had sought to give a speech condemning the U.S. assassination of Qassem Suleimani.

U.N. forces in Mali.

U.S. to Ramp Up Counterterrorism Efforts in Sahel Region

Despite years of U.S. and international efforts to fight terrorism in the area, extremist groups are gaining ground.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey Pitches Plan to Settle 1 Million Refugees in Northern Syria 

Questions arise as to whether Erdogan’s $26 billion megaproject is intended to clear his border of Kurds.

Undersecretary of Defense for Policy John Rood

Pentagon’s Policy Chief Under Fire as Senior Officials Head for the Exits

Current and former officials point to John Rood as a major source of frustration in the U.S. Defense Department policy shop.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Baghdad, Iraq.

State Department Outlines Dramatic Scale-Down of U.S. Presence in Iraq

Critics say the move will open the door to increased Iranian influence and worsen Iraq’s slide into chaos.

Mazloum Abdi, the commander in chief of the Syrian Democratic Forces

Kurdish Commander Calls on Trump to Prevent ‘Ethnic Cleansing’

The SDF’s Gen. Mazloum Abdi wants international observers to stop Turkish-backed forces from displacing the Kurds.

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