U.S. Diplomacy’s ‘Gordon Problem’ Goes Way Beyond Gordon Sondland
With the ambassador’s headline-making testimony, the Ukraine impeachment inquiry shed unprecedented light on the difference between political appointees and career diplomats.
Pompeo Thrust Into Impeachment Spotlight
The secretary of state takes flak from both chambers on Capitol Hill as his nominee for deputy gets grilled as well.
Iran Protests Suggest Trump Sanctions Are Inflicting Serious Pain
The regime has survived uprisings in the past. But now it is starting to kill demonstrators in great numbers.
Trump Crushes Palestinian Hopes Again
The U.S. Middle East peace plan may be in a coma. But that hasn’t stopped Washington from handing major diplomatic victories to Israel.
Trump Asks Tokyo to Quadruple Payments for U.S. Troops in Japan
The move is part of the administration’s campaign to get U.S. allies to pay more for defense. South Korea is also being asked to pony up.
Trump Resisted Sale of Javelins to Ukraine
Republicans are defending him in the impeachment inquiry by saying he gave more military aid than his predecessor, but it came only after the reluctant president was convinced it would be good for U.S. business.
Trump Administration Targeted Career Diplomat, State Watchdog Says
Recent reports reveal a pattern of political retaliation, some without consequences, in Trump’s State Department.
Wednesday’s Biggest Winners Might Have Been U.S. Diplomats
Despite partisan bickering over the first public impeachment hearing into Trump's behavior, foreign service officers lauded the performance of two of their own, William Taylor and George Kent.
As Assad Gains Ground, New Syria Talks Offer Little Hope of Peace
Ahead of Erdogan’s visit to Washington, insiders are pessimistic that the Geneva talks will lead to a political solution for Syria.
Trump Puts Down New Roots in Greenland
Will the new U.S. diplomatic outpost in the Arctic get a warm welcome?
The Child Soldier Crisis: ‘Kids Are Cheap’
The Pentagon’s Middle East policy chief decries new recruitment of children in Syria and the Yemen civil war.
State Department Expected to Scrap Post of Special Envoy to Ukraine
The move will leave no one detailed to watch Kyiv’s back in peace talks with Putin.
Pentagon Defends Murky Mission in Syria Oil Fields
The key question is whether U.S. troops have legal authority to fire on Syrian, Russian, or Iranian forces.
U.N. Aid Chief Quits Amid Probe Into Palestinian Refugee Program
Trump’s aid cuts posed an existential threat to the U.N. agency charged with caring for millions of Palestinians. Now, the agency is grappling with its own management crisis.
Trump Turns U.N. Visas, Travel Restrictions Into Foreign-Policy Cudgel
If you’re deemed hostile to U.S. interests, you may face travel limitations, arbitrary visa denials, sudden airport checks, and other forms of harassment, diplomats say.
Fear and Loathing at Pompeo’s State Department
Career diplomats feel betrayed as the secretary of state stays silent on the Ukraine inquiry. But Pompeo remains a star in Republican circles as he eyes a possible Senate run.
Trump to Arab Protesters: I Stand With Your Rulers, Not You
As demonstrations erupt from Iraq to Lebanon to Egypt, the United States is sending strong signals that it no longer has any stomach for democracy promotion.
Trump Can’t Save Coal Country
With eight bankruptcies in the last year—the latest this week—coal is in deep trouble again, and that could spell trouble for Trump in 2020.
Plugging the Donor-to-Ambassador Pipeline
Trump gives more ambassadorships to donors and fat cats than most presidents. A House bill seeks to stop that practice for all presidents going forward.
Vindman’s Ukraine Testimony Is a Disaster for Trump
A decorated Army officer says the U.S. president acted improperly in demanding politically motivated investigations.
U.S. Pushes Skeptical Allies to Step Up ISIS Fight in Syria
European partners are unlikely to contribute to a domestically unpopular mission with an unreliable ally, experts and insiders say.
Baghdadi Is Dead, but ISIS Remains Emboldened Since Trump’s Drawdown
Turkey’s offensive against the Kurds has allowed Islamic State fighters to escape and regroup.
5 Takeaways From Mike Pence’s Hawkish China Speech
The vice president lays out a wide-ranging critique of China at a critical moment for trade talks.
Career Diplomats Fear Trump Retaliation Over Ukraine
State Department officials find themselves without many defenders in a hyperpartisan fight.
Fighting Continues in Syria Despite Cease-Fire Agreement
The tentative agreement negotiated by the United States was seen as a major victory for Ankara.
Trump’s Next Envoy to Russia Has a Mountain to Climb
First John Sullivan must get through Congress, which wants to question him about Ukraine. Then he must deal with a hostile Moscow.
Trump’s Weak Sanctions May Only Help Erdogan
Despite his vow to “destroy” Turkey’s economy, the U.S. president could help its leader escape the wrath of Congress.
Senate Democrats Urge More Probes Into Unfolding Impeachment Saga
Democrats on the Foreign Relations Committee urge Republican leadership to investigate the Ukraine affair that triggered the House impeachment inquiry.
An Angry Congress Prepares to Rebuke Trump Over Kurds
Lawmakers expect to get a veto-proof majority backing sanctions against Turkey.
Bipartisan Senate Report Undercuts Trump’s Account of 2016 Meddling
Both Republicans and Democrats affirm that Russia, not Ukraine, was responsible for tampering with the U.S. election.