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U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell

Richard Grenell: Pundit, Envoy, Spokesman. Spy?

His ascension to the highest intelligence post in the United States heightens fears that the Trump administration is politicizing intelligence.

Vladislav Surkov and Vladimir Putin

Putin Fires His Puppet Master

Vladislav Surkov, who stage-managed Russia’s involvement in Ukraine, is replaced.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Afghanistan

Pompeo Announces Taliban Peace Deal Plan

The pact pledging “intra-Afghan” talks is to be signed Feb. 29, but questions remain over whether the deal will last.

Undersecretary of Defense for Policy John Rood

Top Pentagon Policy Official Pushed Out

John Rood, the U.S. Defense Department’s policy chief, has been blamed for an exodus of civilians from the Pentagon.

South Korea’s Hyundai

Coronavirus Begins to Spread Economic Gloom Worldwide

Supply chain disruptions are upsetting markets globally, but especially in Asia.

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon acknowledges applause following a speech at the party's annual conference in Perth, Scotland, on Nov. 15, 2014.

How Russia Is Prodding Scotland Toward Independence

To justify its breakup of Ukraine, the Kremlin seeks to embarrass the U.K. and other major NATO allies. But the Scottish National Party wants nothing to do with Putin.

U.S. President Donald Trump attends a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at U.N. headquarters in New York on Sept. 24, 2019.

Is Trump Putting U.S.-India Partnership at Risk Ahead of Visit?

By haggling over tiny trade issues, experts worry the Trump administration could weaken efforts to woo India as a strategic partner.

An Afghan boy plays on the wreckage of a Soviet-era tank alongside a road on the outskirts of Kabul on Nov. 28, 2019.

Afghans Fear Yet Another Civil War

The U.S.-Taliban truce raises some hope—but not while the Afghan government remains a stranger to the talks.

Then-U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens

Pompeo Aims to Cut Funds for Program Honoring Envoy Killed in Benghazi

The secretary of state rose to prominence investigating the 2012 Benghazi attack. Now he’s on board with an administration plan to eliminate funding for a program honoring Chris Stevens.

A view of Dongsi Shitiao crossroad in Beijing on Feb. 10. Many Chinese cities are nearly empty of cars and traffic in the wake of the virus outbreak.

Coronavirus Threatens to Blow Up Trump’s Energy Trade Deal With China

The goals were never realistic, but now Beijing has good reason to back away from its purchase commitments to Washington.

The town of Ilulissat, Greenland

Trump’s Budget Puts Down Stakes in Greenland

Trump’s plan to buy the vast Arctic island fell short. But his administration is allocating half a million dollars moving ahead to build a U.S. consulate there.

Omar al-Bashir

Will Sudan’s Bashir Be Handed to the ICC at Last?

In a surprise move, Sudan indicated it might turn over former autocrat Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court, which he flouted for so many years, over Darfur.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Trump Pressures Palestinians and Allies Over Peace Plan

The White House blocks a U.N. resolution and threatens to withhold aid to the Palestinians.

Syrian people displaced from the south of Idlib province arrive at a camp for the internally displaced

Desperate, Thousands of Syrians Flee Toward Turkish Border

With bloodshed and tensions rising between Syria and Turkey, the last rebel holdout of Idlib is turning into the biggest humanitarian crisis of the war.

Doctors attend to patients hit by the coronavirus.

Trump Seeks to Halve U.S. Funding for World Health Organization as Coronavirus Rages

The president’s new budget would cut more than $3 billion in global health programs.

A U.S. aircraft carrier and destroyers in the Strait of Hormuz on Nov. 19, 2019.

Navy Prepares to Slash Funding for New Warships

The Pentagon says if flat budgets continue it will need to rely on smaller, possibly unmanned ships.

A Palestinian protester

Tunisia Sacks U.N. Ambassador for Opposing Trump’s Peace Plan

The country’s newly elected president seeks to maintain good relations with Washington as opposition to the Israeli-Palestinian scheme builds.

Chinese renminbi pictured on March 17, 2010.

Trump Opens a New Front in the Trade Wars

With a new currency rule, the U.S. president will try to fix the damage caused by the very tariffs he imposed. But he could end up wreaking more havoc.

U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House.

Not Guilty

Trump’s historic impeachment trial ends on predictable terms, but the political fallout will continue.

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address

5 Foreign-Policy Takeaways from Trump’s State of the Union

The U.S. president’s third State of the Union address was perhaps his most significant. Here’s what he said—and didn’t say—about foreign policy.

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U.N. Chief Faces Internal Criticism Over Human Rights

Guterres is said to back down in the face of pressure from powerful member states.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer on Capitol Hill.

Chronicle of an Acquittal Foretold

Months of partisan sparring over impeachment looks set to end in Trump’s exoneration. But there are outstanding questions—some of which will be resolved in November.

Huawei CEO Richard Yu addresses a press conference in London on April 6, 2016.

Can the U.S.-U.K. Special Relationship Weather the Huawei Storm?

Boris Johnson breaks with Trump, opening Britain’s doors to a Chinese telecommunications giant that Washington fears is an espionage threat.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks by the media as he prepares to board a plane at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, D.C., on June 23, 2019.

Behind Pompeo’s Big ‘We Care’ Trip to Ukraine

Hobbled by the impeachment trial, the U.S. secretary of state faces the tricky task of explaining a Trump administration policy that has often looked two-faced.

People wearing protective face masks in Bangkok

The Wuhan Virus Is Not a Lab-Made Bioweapon

Conspiracy theories are spreading faster than the coronavirus itself.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during an announcement of U.S. President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan at the White House in Washington on Jan. 28.

Trump, Netanyahu Turn White House Into Election Campaign Stop

Trump’s new Middle East peace plan is primed to help Netanyahu, signaling to Israel voters that they should rehire him.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Republican Lawmakers Questioned Trump’s Withholding of Ukraine Aid, Documents Show

Newly released emails and other documents show that some of those now sitting as jurors in Trump’s impeachment trial were also unhappy about his move to freeze aid last year.

The six leading Democratic candidates at the presidential primary debate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 14.

In the Latest Democratic Debate, Finally, Some Foreign Policy 

With a trimmed-down field, Democratic hopefuls sparred over Iraq, Iran, military deployments, and the threat from climate change.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman

Nervous U.S. Allies Brace for Iran Fallout

Gulf and European countries are eyeing Trump with trepidation as they fear more reprisals from Iran.

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