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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trump’s New Defense Secretary Announces Afghan Withdrawal
The hasty–and unexplained—move drew criticism from Republicans and the head of NATO.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Armenians Rage Against Last-Minute Peace Deal
People trashed the parliament and stormed the presidential palace after Armenia’s PM bowed to the inevitable.
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.
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.
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.
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’s Most Pressing Electoral Issue Is Suddenly China
Both parties are flinging mud, and Asian Americans stand to suffer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Were They Lost Students or Inept Spies for China?
Two roommates traveling in Florida found themselves caught in the teeth of espionage fears.