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.

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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.

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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.

Afghan security officers stand in front of a U.N. vehicle.

U.N. Return to Afghanistan: ‘This Is Completely Insane’

A month ago, the United Nations was pulling its staff out of Afghanistan. Now, it’s headed back in to avert a major humanitarian crisis.

An Afghan who says he worked as a CIA operative

The CIA Secretly Evacuated Most of Its Spies From Afghanistan

The agency has a long history of extracting people from danger zones.

U.S. State Department building is seen at night.

‘We Feel His Presence in the Department Is Threatening’

State employees protest the continued employment of an “antisemitic” blogger in their ranks.

Sudan’s prime minister and Sovereign Council chief attend an economic conference.

Top Counterterrorism Envoy Could Be First U.S. Ambassador to Sudan in Decades

Experts said Washington needs an envoy to help shepherd Sudan’s tenuous transition to democracy.

A Tibetan herder and yak on July 4, 2020, as part of a composite satellite illustration of the Tibetan and Bhutanese border region.

China Is Using Tibetans as Agents of Empire in the Himalayas

What life is like for the quarter-million residents of fortress villages in Tibet.

A U.S. Cobra helicopter participates in a military exercise.

U.S. Lawmakers Hold Up Major Proposed Arms Sale to Nigeria

Senators quietly press U.S. President Joe Biden to reassess U.S.-Nigeria relations amid human rights concerns.

John Bass attends a press conference.

Biden to Tap Career Diplomat to Senior State Department Management Post

John Bass has served in some of the most difficult diplomatic assignments abroad, including Turkey and Afghanistan.

Trainee soldiers attend a reconciliation program in South Sudan.

U.S. Quietly Gives Up on South Sudan War Crimes Court

Six years after Washington gave $5 million to set up a war crimes court, nothing has happened.

The U.S. State Department seen in Washington.

Study Finds Nearly 1 in 3 U.S. Diplomats Eyeing the Exit Door

Systemic management and morale issues plague the State Department, even after Trump era.

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