Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Secret Flight Shows Netanyahu and Mohammed bin Salman Joining to Face Biden

One thing is clear: The two leaders are bracing for an ill wind emanating from the new White House.

Then-US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) gestures next to Then-US Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Linda Thomas-Greenfield before their bilateral talks with Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (not pictured) at the State House in Nairobi on August 22, 2016.

In Break From Trump, Biden Opts for Experience, Expertise for Top National Security Jobs

The U.S. president-elect laid out most of his national security team even as more Republicans abandoned Trump and his legal battles over the election results.

Antony Blinken

Biden’s Secretary of State Pick Bodes Return to Normalcy for Weary Diplomats

Diplomats express relief over Blinken’s expected nomination after four years of bruising political battles and mismanagement under Trump.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi walks by the Greek Presidential Guard before meeting with Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou in Athens on Nov. 11.

Egypt’s Sisi Intensifies Crackdown on Rights Advocates in Waning Days of Trump Administration

Trump’s “favorite dictator” is racing the clock to jail more political opponents. Will things be different under Biden?

Armenians pack their belongings while leaving their house in the town of Kalbajar, one of the seven districts to be transferred to Azerbaijan as part of a deal on Nagorno-Karabakh, on Nov. 12. ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP via Getty Images

For Armenians Fleeing Nagorno-Karabakh, ‘Losing It Is Everything’

After a bitter peace ended six weeks of war, Armenians torched their houses, slaughtered their animals, and wondered what would come next.

This picture taken December 26, 2011 shows the Pentagon building in Washington, DC.

Top Pentagon Policy Official Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Trump loyalist Anthony Tata’s positive diagnosis came as officials have noted a relaxation of mask wearing inside the Pentagon.

Donald Trump delivers a speech on foreign policy.

Team Biden Urged to Keep Trump’s Afghan Envoy

Biden’s foreign-policy team is weighing the merits of letting Zalmay Khalilzad keep his job or letting him go.

The seal of the CIA

After Biden Win, U.S. Intelligence Community ‘Probably Doing Cartwheels’

Long maligned and vilified under Trump, the spy agencies hope to restore normality under Biden.

Christopher C. Krebs, director of the Homeland Security Department's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency speaks before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 14, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Trump Ousts Cybersecurity Chief Over Election Claims

The outgoing president continues to spread falsehoods about fraud, even as the recently fired Chris Krebs calls the elections ‘the most secure’ in history.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to troops during a surprise Thanksgiving day visit at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan on Nov. 28, 2019.

Trump’s New Defense Secretary Announces Afghan Withdrawal

The hasty–and unexplained—move drew criticism from Republicans and the head of NATO.

The American flag flies at the U.S. Capitol

Democrats Urge Outgoing Trump to Be Flexible on Sanctions

Lawmakers are redoubling efforts to ensure all countries can get essential medical equipment during the pandemic despite ramped-up U.S. sanctions.

United Nations Special Envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen puts on his face mask

U.N. Peacemaking in the Age of Plague

United Nations diplomats and civil servants fear peace efforts in Geneva may aid the spread of the coronavirus.

The General Services Administration (GSA) Headquarters building, where the Washington presidential transition offices for US President-elect Donald Trump are located, are seen in Washington, DC, November 21, 2016.

Trump Appointee Stonewalls Congress on Transition Progress

The General Services Administration is ignoring congressional deadlines for answers about the stalled transition that has forced the Biden team to improvise.

This picture taken December 26, 2011 shows the Pentagon building in Washington, DC.

Trump Loyalists Primed to Further Remake Pentagon

Officials in the Pentagon see this week’s purges as a sign the White House will be even more aggressive in bending the Pentagon to its political whims.

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden

The World Calls Biden, While Trump and Company Double Down

Major world leaders are reaching out to the U.S. president-elect as Pompeo claims there will be a “smooth transition to a second Trump administration.”

Protesters storm the office of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan

Armenians Rage Against Last-Minute Peace Deal

People trashed the parliament and stormed the presidential palace after Armenia’s PM bowed to the inevitable.

An Afghan man cries beside the coffins of victims in a Taliban militant attack

Afghans Caught in the Crossfire While U.S. Prepares to Clear Out

Despite ongoing peace talks, intensifying Taliban attacks on Afghans across the country are out of control—and threaten the country’s future.

U.S. President Donald Trump

More Top Pentagon Officials Out After Trump Sacks Esper

“It’s embarrassing for the United States,” a former senior intelligence officer who served under Trump said of the recent spate of firings.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (from left), President Donald Trump, and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper

Trump Fires His Embattled Pentagon Chief by Tweet

The abrupt news after Trump’s electoral defeat follows months of tensions between the U.S. president and his secretary of defense.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden attend the Democratic presidential primary debate at the Charleston Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina, on Feb. 25.

If Biden Wins, Progressives Are Getting Their Wish List Ready

Internecine tensions within the Democratic Party have been tamped down to defeat Trump—but that truce could be over Wednesday.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock speaks at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa, on Nov. 1, 2019.

Montana’s Most Pressing Electoral Issue Is Suddenly China

Both parties are flinging mud, and Asian Americans stand to suffer.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and other Trump administration officials sit down with Chinese vice ministers and senior officials for trade negotiations at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington on Jan. 30, 2019.

Wilbur Ross Remained on Chinese Joint Venture Board While Running U.S.-China Trade War

Chinese documents show that the U.S. commerce secretary did not successfully step down from all his corporate commitments.

Chinese telecom giant Huawei kiosk seen at tech event in Portugal.

Trump Turning More Countries in Europe Against Huawei

Slovakia joins other Eastern European countries signing declarations with Washington aimed at keeping China out of critical infrastructure.

President Donald Trump departs after speaking to media at the White House.

Trump Appointee Seeks to Turn U.S. Media Agency Into a Political Cheerleader

Michael Pack, the controversial head of U.S. government broadcasting, tries to blow up the firewalls that have protected Voice of America and other agencies from political interference.

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Iowa.

Washington’s Foreign Diplomats Frozen Out by Team Biden

Biden’s foreign-policy gatekeepers tell diplomats to hold their calls—until they’re in charge.

Sen. Tim Kaine

Senior U.S. Lawmaker Wants to Scale Back Pay-for-Post Ambassadorships

Both parties have rewarded donors with top diplomatic positions, but Trump has taken it to a new level.

President Donald Trump speaks alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence.

Trump to Remove Sudan From Terrorist List, Following Behind-the-Scenes Pressure on Israel

The announcement could end Sudan’s three decades as an international pariah. But it comes at a cost.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the U.N. General Assembly.

Trump’s Foreign-Policy Adventures Haven’t All Flopped

For all the chaos, the Trump administration has notched some notable victories abroad. The question is whether they outweigh everything else Trump brought to Washington—and the world.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stands next to President Donald Trump as he speaks.

Pompeo’s Next Mission, Like His First: Clinton’s Old Emails

Mike Pompeo’s rush to placate Trump and release old emails from Hillary Clinton worries many in the State Department who fear both its illegality and interference in the election.

A protester waves a QAnon flag

QAnon’s Creator Made the Ultimate Conspiracy Theory

There’s no fact the sprawling movement can’t dismiss—and no madness it can’t imagine.

NATO leaders meet at a NATO summit in London in 2019.

Turkey’s Caucasus Adventure Risks Another Crisis in NATO

NATO allies have been at odds with Turkey for years. But Ankara’s role in the Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict is bringing matters to a head.

U.S. President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden face off in a debate.

What Happens If a Presidential Candidate Dies Before Election Day?

Trump’s physician expressed optimism about the president’s health after he tested positive for the coronavirus. But his hospitalization brings to light new questions on what happens if a worst-case scenario hits while Americans are casting their votes.

U.S. President Donald Trump tours a factory that produces medical masks.

Will Trump’s Case of COVID-19 Endanger U.S. National Security?

Officials are warily watching for adversaries like Russia, Iran, and North Korea to exploit the moment.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo travels to Brazil.

Pompeo’s Preelection Politicking Is Wearing Thin, Even With Allies

From the Vatican to Brazil, foreign officials are getting tired of Pompeo dragging their governments into Trump’s reelection campaign.

Naval Station Key West

Were They Lost Students or Inept Spies for China?

Two roommates traveling in Florida found themselves caught in the teeth of espionage fears.

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