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People pass a Huawei logo at a trade fair in Berlin

The Huawei Ban Could Crush U.S. Overseas Aid Efforts 

A new law meant to keep Chinese telecoms out of American networks threatens to make life impossible for diplomats, aid workers, and the military across much of Africa and Asia.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives to brief House members on Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the murder of Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on December 13, 2018.

Congress Pressures Trump Administration to Restore Aid to Yemen

Lawmakers warn the administration’s aid cuts will exacerbate the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, even as State Department officials worry about being on the hook for war crimes.

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani and US President Donald Trump shake hands before a meeting at the Palace Hotel during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly on September 21, 2017 in New York City.

Public Support Surges for Trump-Backed Afghan Peace Plan

Nearly two-thirds of Trump and Biden supporters said they “strongly” or “somewhat” support the peace deal that would get U.S. forces out of Afghanistan next year.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Trump Extends Arab Push to Normalize Ties With Israel

With Bahrain also recognizing Israel, Washington hopes for a new era of Arab rapprochement with Israel—but that may prove more elusive.

U.S. President Donald Trump walks into the White House.

Trump Administration Orders U.S. Diplomats to Curtail Contact With WHO 

While Trump burns bridges with the World Health Organization, U.S. officials strain to preserve American influence in an institution that is critical to global health challenges.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak at a diplomatic summit.

U.S. Envoy Says Former Officials’ Call for Russia Rethink Is ‘Shameful’

James Gilmore, Trump’s ambassador to the OSCE, said he was “embarrassed” by calls from experts—including some of his former colleagues—to normalize ties with Russia.

Dockers unload U.S. humanitarian aid in Sudan

Trump Appointee Takes ‘Slash and Burn’ Approach to Key USAID Bureau

Peter Marocco, after tumultuous tours at Pentagon and State, is stopping the agency’s newest division in its tracks, critics claim.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron.

Trump Under Pressure From Democrats to Drop Diplomat Nominee Over Racist Remarks

The retired colonel called refugees fleeing Middle East violence “unwanted Muslim invaders.”

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

U.S. Halts Some Foreign Assistance Funding to Ethiopia Over Dam Dispute with Egypt, Sudan

Some U.S. officials fear the move will harm Washington’s relationship with Addis Ababa.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies in Congress.

State Department Cancels Hill Briefings as Tensions Escalate Between Pompeo and Lawmakers

A congressional investigation into the firing of the department’s inspector general has caused friction between the secretary of state and members of Congress.

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Iowa.

Inside the Massive Foreign-Policy Team Advising Biden’s Campaign

If Joe Biden wins, here are some of the top foreign-policy experts who could be tapped for senior and midlevel jobs in the administration.

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres speaks in New York.

Big-Power Rivalries Hamstring Top U.N. Missions

Big and small powers increasingly handpick U.N. special representatives, testing the authority and independence of the U.N. secretary-general.

The construction of an Ethiopian dam on the Nile river is seen.

Trump Mulls Withholding Aid to Ethiopia Over Controversial Dam

The massive Ethiopian dam is a flash point for tensions in Africa—and is now sowing confusion and discord within the U.S. government, with many officials concerned Washington is too much in Egypt’s corner.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper (L) greets members of the House Armed Services Committee before testifying to the committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill February 26 in Washington, DC. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs Robert Hood is in the background.

Pentagon Legislative Chief Calls It Quits

Robert Hood’s departure leaves the U.S. Defense Department at a high-water mark for vacancies under the Trump administration.

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) speaks on immigration issues while meeting with members of the U.S. Congress in the Cabinet Room of the White House June 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. Also pictured is Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK).

Congress Eyes Hearing for Controversial Trump Pentagon Pick

The move comes after the president personally lobbied the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee to confirm Anthony Tata as the Defense Department’s top policy official.

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