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U.S. President Donald Trump sits with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

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.

A view of a mostly deserted lapis lazuli mining encampment in the Afghan province of Badakhshan on Oct. 16, 2016.

The Taliban, at Least, Are Striking Gold in Afghanistan

The militant group mines almost half a billion dollars a year from Afghan soil—and wants more.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference to announce the Trump administration's restoration of sanctions on Iran, on September 21, 2020, at the US State Department in Washington, DC.

U.S. Isolated at U.N. as Push to Ramp Up Pressure on Iran Fails

“We don’t need a cheering section,” said Trump’s U.N ambassador. But Washington does need international compliance to make snapback sanctions work.

Bahrain Foreign Affairs Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald Trump, and United Arab Emirates Foreign Affairs Minister Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan at the signing ceremony of the Abraham Accords at the White House on Sept. 15.

For Netanyahu, Normalization Deals Are a Long-Awaited Vindication

But the White House ceremony is marred by events back in Israel, including his mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga (R) leaves the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on April 5, 2017, after his press conference announcing North Korea's ballistic missile launch into the Sea of Japan.

Japan’s Suga Will Struggle to Pull off Abe’s Defense Transformation

The new Japanese prime minister shares many of outgoing Shinzo Abe’s policies—but isn’t as wedded to Abe’s big overhaul.

El Chapo boxes of aid for the needy

How to Run a Criminal Network in a Pandemic

Drug dealers and human traffickers are upgrading their marketing and delivery services.

A dhow sails past a crude oil tanker near the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi, on Oct. 22, 2019.

UAE Deal Boosts Israeli Oil Pipeline Secretly Built With Iran

The Jewish state is about to play a much bigger role in the region’s energy trade and petroleum politics.

Taliban prisoners being released outside Kabul

Defying Peace Deal, Freed Taliban Return to Battlefield

A new confidential report concludes that a majority of fighters are resuming their “jihad” to overthrow the U.S.-backed Afghan government.

A view of a ruby star atop one of the Kremlin's towers

The Russian Election Hack That Wasn’t (This Time)

Viral Russian report shows it’s still too easy to fall for misinformation online.

Then-U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speak in Washington.

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.

Indian Supreme Court lawyer and anti-corruption activist Prashant Bhushan gestures as he speaks during a public talk.

Cracking Down on Activists for Their Tweets Isn’t New

The lawyer Prashant Bhushan’s arrest and detention for posting tweets critical of the Indian government is part of a wider global trend.

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok

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.

Malian soldiers in the capital of Mali after a military coup.

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.

A U.S.-made F-16V

Taiwan’s Military Has Flashy American Weapons but No Ammo

A young soldier’s suicide reveals the disastrous logistics of an undersupplied army.

A Yemeni child

Humanitarian Groups Demand Trump Reverse Yemen Aid Freeze

Aid groups operating in Houthi-controlled areas are unable to deliver lifesaving support.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a news conference at the State Department in Washington,DC on July 8.

State Department Pushes Back on Claims that Officials Lied to Congress over Emergency Arms Deals

A top State Department official insists Pompeo rightly invoked an emergency to send billions of dollars in weapons to the Gulf last year.

U.S. President Donald Trump (left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin

Legal Loopholes Leave the U.S. Vulnerable to Election Interference

Report finds Russia, China, and other countries have spent over $300 million to influence the democratic process in countries around the world.

Belarusian diaspora rally in Ukraine in support of protests in Belarus.

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.

U.S President Donald Trump and Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, gesture towards Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner to join them for a group photograph on the first day of the G20 summit on June 28, 2019 in Osaka, Japan.

On V-J Day, U.S. Pushes for a Stronger Japanese Military

Seventy-five years after Japan surrendered in World War II and scrapped its armed forces, the Trump administration is redoubling efforts to get Tokyo to be more aggressive in countering China.

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres meets Chinese President Xi Jinping during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Sept. 3, 2018.

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.

California Sen. Kamala Harris

Biden Picks Kamala Harris as Running Mate

The California senator is the first Black and South Asian American woman to back up a major U.S. presidential ticket.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Pompeo’s Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia Were Legal—but Heightened Risks of Civilian Casualties in Yemen

A State Department watchdog report concludes that Pompeo followed proper channels in sending arms to Saudi Arabia but faults the State Department for not assessing the humanitarian risks of such a move.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walks past then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden as he prepares to sign the guest book at the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem on March 9, 2010.

Biden Bucks Progressives, Won’t Denounce Israeli Occupation

The Sanders wing has scored a lot of victories in the Democratic platform—but didn’t get all it wanted on Israel.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before Congress.

Trump’s Hand-Picked State Department Watchdog Quits Less Than 3 Months Into the Job

The latest high-profile departure underscores the turmoil at Foggy Bottom, and officials fear it will weaken an important watchdog already under fire from top Trump officials.

U.S. President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping

U.S. Slaps Sanctions on Xinjiang’s Vast Paramilitary Settler Corps

Beijing is likely to react strongly to the first targeting of high-level officials and a government body.

U.S. President Donald Trump visits China.

U.S. Closes Chinese Consulate in Houston Amid Surge in Chinese Espionage Cases

It’s the latest escalation in an increasingly tense bilateral relationship.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the State Department.

Pompeo’s Attack on ‘1619 Project’ Draws Fire From His Own Diplomats

The secretary of state’s latest foray into the “culture war” has sparked anger and backlash among U.S. diplomats of color.

Hong Kongers Protest Chinese National Security Law

U.S. Preparing to Suspend Extradition Treaty With Hong Kong

The looming decision, following China’s imposition of a new security law for the former colony, could be a prelude to even tougher U.S. actions against Beijing.

A demonstrator holds a banner referring to the QAnon conspiracy theory during an alt-right rally in Portland, Oregon, on Aug. 17, 2019.

QAnon’s Madness Is Turning Canadians Into Potential Assassins

The sprawling conspiracy theory has mutated across borders.

Syrians walk near a humanitarian convoy in Douma, Syria.

Russia, With an Eye on the Syrian Prize, Blocks Humanitarian Aid

A Russian-Chinese veto threatens lifesaving aid to starving Syrians—but Moscow doesn’t care what anyone thinks anymore.

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, former National Security Council official, arrives to testify at the impeachment investigation on President Trump.

‘Campaign of Bullying’ Prompts Key Trump Impeachment Witness to Quit Army

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who testified on Trump’s withholding of aid to Ukraine, faced a White House block to further promotion.

A man in Wuhan, China

China’s Second Wave of Coronavirus Censorship Is Here

After a brief period of praising whistleblowers, Beijing is targeting medical staff and COVID-19 victims again.

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