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Trump's EU ambassador Gordon Sondland testifies in the impeachment inquiry.

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.

Mike Pompeo at the State Department

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.

View of Tehran shops that were destroyed after nationwide demonstrations broke out in protest of fuel price hikes and led to widespread destruction of property, on Nov. 20.

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.

A Palestinian boy sits on a chair as Israeli authorities demolish and relocate a school site

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.

President Donald Trump visits U.S. troops in Japan.

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.

Presidents of the United States and Ukraine meet in New York

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.

The State Department seen in Washington.

Trump Administration Targeted Career Diplomat, State Watchdog Says

Recent reports reveal a pattern of political retaliation, some without consequences, in Trump’s State Department.

Two diplomats, William Taylor and George Kent, testify in the impeachment hearing.

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.

Representatives from Turkey, Russia, Iran, and Syria join Geir Pedersen, the United Nations special envoy for Syria, at the Syrian Constitutional Committee meeting in Geneva on Oct. 29.

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.

Greenland, where the U.S. plans to open a new consulate under Trump.

Trump Puts Down New Roots in Greenland

Will the new U.S. diplomatic outpost in the Arctic get a warm welcome?

A Syrian boy holds an AK-47 assault rifle

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.

Kurt Volker, then-U.S. special envoy to Ukraine, speaks during a press conference in Kyiv on July 27.

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.

Members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces attend a funeral in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli

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.

Pierre Krähenbühl, the commissioner-general for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency

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.

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

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.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the State Department.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump greets Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the West Wing of the White House in Washington on April 3, 2017.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a "Trump Digs Coal" sign at a rally in West Virginia, one of the states hit by the coal industry's sharp decline, on Aug. 3, 2017.

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.

Trump's ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland prepares to testify in the impeachment inquiry.

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.

The National Security Council official Alexander Vindman arrives on Capitol Hill to testify.

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.

James Jeffrey, the U.S. special representative for Syria engagement and special envoy to the anti-Islamic State coalition, testifies during a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct. 22.

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.

An image grab taken from a propaganda videoallegedly shows the leader of the Islamic State militant group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdad

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.

Vice President Mike Pence delivers a speech on U.S.-China relations.

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. 

Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch arrives on Capitol Hill to testify.

Career Diplomats Fear Trump Retaliation Over Ukraine

State Department officials find themselves without many defenders in a hyperpartisan fight.

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters drive into northern Syria.

Fighting Continues in Syria Despite Cease-Fire Agreement

The tentative agreement negotiated by the United States was seen as a major victory for Ankara.

Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan speaks at a press conference.

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.

President Donald Trump speaks to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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.

Senators on the Foreign Relations Committee speak after a hearing.

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.

A woman sits in front of the tomb a Syrian Democratic Forces fighter.

An Angry Congress Prepares to Rebuke Trump Over Kurds

Lawmakers expect to get a veto-proof majority backing sanctions against Turkey.

A protester holds a balloon shaped like an infantile President Donald Trump.

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.

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