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Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson makes a statement on his departure from the State Department March 13. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The Quiet Death of Tillerson’s ‘Redesign’ of State

Overhauling Foggy Bottom was once a centerpiece of the Trump administration’s reforms. Where did those plans go?

A television broadcast of a meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Seoul, South Korea on March 28.  (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Xi and Kim’s Marriage of Convenience

The Chinese president is briefed on the Singapore summit during the North Korean leader’s third state visit.

An Iraqi worker at an oil refinery in Nasiriyah, Oct. 30, 2015. (Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

OPEC Agrees to Boost Oil Output

The oil cartel vowed to add 1 million barrels a day to markets. It won’t add quite that much.

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak at an OPEC meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on April 20. (Amer Hilabi/AFP/Getty Images)

OPEC Close to Agreement to Open the Oil Taps

With or without Iranian cooperation, extra barrels of crude could help meet rising demand. But there’s still reason to fear a price spike later this year.

People in Tehran check their mobile phones as they wait in the streets after an earthquake near Iranian capital on Dec. 21, 2017. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran’s Ban of Messaging App Hurts Economy at Pivotal Moment

Rights group says app was widely used by businesses and even government offices.

A cargo ship at a port in Qingdao, China on March 8. (AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Trade Wars Prompt Congressional Pushback

As the U.S. trade war with China escalates, a growing number of GOP lawmakers want final say on tariffs.

Astronaut Bruce McCandless II participates in an extravehicular activity outside the Challenger shuttle during the STS-41B mission in April 1983. (NASA)

Trump’s Space Force Faces Hurdles in the Pentagon and Congress

The U.S. president's plan could put him at odds with his defense secretary.

Above: Two people look over the balcony on the second floor of the Parliament building in Georgetown on April 26. Top: In a section of Georgetown called Houston, contractors are building out a new oil industry depot, capable of storing needed equipment, fuel, water, cement, fluids, and other materials that contractors working in Guyana’s deep waters need. The base already has a contract to supply ExxonMobil. (Micah Maidenberg for Foreign Policy)

The Country That Wasn’t Ready to Win the Lottery

Guyana just discovered it owns enough oil to solve all its problems — and cause even bigger ones.

A supporter of Colombian presidential candidate Gustavo Petro for the Colombia Humana Party holds a poster during a campaign rally in Cali, Colombia, on June 9, (Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images)

Peace Pact in the Balance As Colombians Vote

Sunday’s election is widely seen as a referendum on the historic peace accord with the FARC.

A nighttime view of the White House in Washington, D.C., on May 27, 2017. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Russian Troll or Clumsy Publicity Hound?

A Russian media executive says he’s come to Washington to test the limits of American freedom.

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2018 Career Diplomat of the Year Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein: Read the Transcript

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein serves as the U.N. high commissioner for human rights.

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2018 Diplomat of the Year Chrystia Freeland: Read the Transcript

Chrystia Freeland is Canada’s foreign minister and the member of Parliament for University-Rosedale.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland speaks at Foreign Policy's Diplomat of the Year awards ceremony in Washington on June 13.

Canadian Foreign Minister Sharply Rebukes Trump’s Trade Policy and Worldview

Chrystia Freeland said Trump was putting his thumb on the scales with tariffs.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo following a meeting with a North Korean delegation at the White House on June 1. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Mike Pompeo, Cleanup On Aisle 38

The secretary of state now has to deal with the fallout of the rushed agreement with North Korea.

Saudi Army artillery fire shells toward Yemen from southwestern Saudi Arabia on April 13, 2015. (Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S.-Backed Catastrophe Brewing in Yemen

A Gulf-led coalition is preparing to assault a key Yemeni port, risking a fresh humanitarian crisis.

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What a Secret Cold War Game of Nuclear Hide-and-Seek Teaches Us About North Korean Verification

Making sure that Pyongyang actually destroys its nuclear weapons may be impossible.

New U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell stands in front of a military honor guard during an accreditation ceremony for new ambassadors in Berlin on May 8. (Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images)

State Department Defends Trump’s Man in Berlin After Diplomatic Firestorm

Some German lawmakers are calling for Ambassador Grenell’s expulsion.

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