Ukraine’s Leader to Face Down Putin for First Time
Volodymyr Zelensky is walking a fine line as he seeks peace with Russia without being seen as ceding too much in return.
Rafael Grossi Isn’t America’s—or Iran’s, or North Korea’s—Man
The new head of the IAEA was the United States’ preferred candidate. But, as global tensions rise, he quickly needs to prove his independence.
State Clamps Down on Officials Joining Pompeo’s Calls
A Democratic lawmaker says the lack of transparency and record-keeping will keep the public in the dark.
U.S.-Europe Trade War Reerupts in London
As bad as tensions over NATO are, things could get even uglier over France’s new digital services tax.
Despite Acrimony Among Leaders, NATO Is Making Strides at 70
Trump’s bullying prompted NATO Chief Stoltenberg to praise the U.S. president for his “leadership on defense spending,” and the alliance is bolstering itself against Russia.
Ilhan Omar and Jared Kushner’s Latest Accuser Has Shady Saudi Ties
Right-wing media has seized on the testimony of a Canadian businessman with a tangled history.
A Flickering Beacon of Democracy in Russia’s Backyard
Georgians fear that billionaire leader Bidzina Ivanishvili and his Georgian Dream party are tightening their grip on power.
China Bids to Lead World Agency Protecting Intellectual Property
“Why would you want to put the fox in charge of the henhouse?” says one American expert.
Navy Secretary Clashed With Trump Long Before Gallagher
Spencer’s ouster followed months of tensions with the White House over cost overruns and other issues.
State Department Misled Congress on Ouster of Ukraine Ambassador
A new trove of State Department emails sheds fresh light on events surrounding the impeachment inquiry.
Bid to Revive Export-Import Bank Runs Aground
Despite the threat from China and other nations, Republicans still decry what they call “crony capitalism.”
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?
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.
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.
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.