U.S. Plan to Save Semiconductors Misses the Mark, Defense Firms Say
Companies that make microelectronics for the Pentagon argue that the current bill could maintain U.S. defense dependency on China rather than fix it.
House Democrats Pledge to Continue Investigations Into Pompeo—Regardless of Election Outcome
The contenders to lead the House Foreign Affairs Committee all plan to redouble its investigations into the secretary of state’s tenure.
A U.N. Agency Lauded for Its Work Faces a Funding Shortage
The World Food Program will need more than a Nobel Prize to feed the millions who are newly food-insecure.
Trump Moves Closer to Renewing Nuclear Treaty With Russia
But Russian negotiators still haven’t agreed to stepped-up verification of its nuclear warheads, a major sticking point.
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.
The Diaspora May Be Armenia’s Biggest Asset in Nagorno-Karabakh
From online to the front lines, the 7 million-strong Armenian diaspora is rallying to the fight in Nagorno-Karabakh.
The President of Belarus Has Been Stalling. Now It’s Crunch Time.
A rare about-face by the embattled president and calls by the opposition for a general strike set the stage for a new phase in the two-month-old battle for the country’s political future.
Scholars Fear a More Nationalist Supreme Court Under Barrett
Trump’s most enduring legacy might be the long-term repudiation of international law.
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.
The Feds Moved Migrants in Unmarked Vans Overseas
Homeland Security rented vans to illegally hustle migrants to the border—in a foreign country.
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.
Trump Taps Loyalists for Top Pentagon Liaison Jobs
It risks Trump burrowing loyalists into career positions to undermine a Biden administration, multiple former officials say.
North Korea’s Huge New Missile Sends a Message to Washington
In the military parade celebrating the 75th anniversary of the founding of the ruling communist party, Pyongyang showed its claws and sought to bolster domestic support for the regime.
Empire of Graveyards
Nineteen years ago, the United States began its war in Afghanistan. What is it leaving behind?
Syria Is Still Trying to Use Chemical Weapons
And not just against civilians at home—but potentially against regional rivals.
China’s Global Image Plummets After Coronavirus
A new survey shows that international opinion of China has dropped as governments continue to apply diplomatic pressure.
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.
Syrians Make Up Turkey’s Proxy Army in Nagorno-Karabakh
After fighting Turkey’s battles in Libya, the Syrian National Army is caught in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan—and dozens are dying.
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.
Trump USAID Appointee Takes Sudden Absence After Controversial Tenure
Employees at the agency had criticized Pete Marocco for mismanagement.
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.
The State Department’s Struggles to Diversify Just Got Harder
Trump’s executive order taking aim at diversity training could make it even harder to fix the State Department’s dismal record on inclusion.
State Department Misled Public, Congress About Revoking Journalist’s Award for Criticizing Trump
An inspector general’s report concludes that State officials nixed a high-profile award out of fear of offending higher-ups—then lied about it.
U.S. Allies Worry Trump Administration Might Let Key Nuclear Treaty With Russia Die
Internal documents acknowledge concern among allies about the expiration of the Obama-era New START accord, but U.S. negotiators are still playing hardball.
How Pompeo Blurs the Line Between Diplomacy and Politics
Pompeo's speeches in potential battleground states during official State Department trips have drawn fire from Democratic lawmakers.
How to Run a Criminal Network in a Pandemic
Drug dealers and human traffickers are upgrading their marketing and delivery services.
Pompeo and Haley Position Themselves as the Republican Standard-Bearers After Trump
In a party turning America inward, its brightest stars built their résumés on foreign policy.
U.S. and Sudan Near Pact to Compensate American Terrorism Victims
The deal could pave the way for Sudan’s removal from the U.S. State Sponsors of Terrorism list.
Coup Plotters in Mali Were Trained by U.S. Military
The overthrow, swiftly condemned by the U.S. government, could pose a setback in the regional fight against extremist groups.
Taiwan’s Military Has Flashy American Weapons but No Ammo
A young soldier’s suicide reveals the disastrous logistics of an undersupplied army.
European Leaders Urge Russia Not to Intervene in Belarus
After a violent crackdown on protesters, Belarus’s leader has lost all credibility in the eyes of his people, Lithuania’s foreign minister says.
China’s Soft-Power Grab
Beijing is ramping up support for U.N. and a host of other international organizations, racking up more influence even as Washington is in headlong retreat.