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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

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, the new director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, on Sept. 20.

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.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to reporters.

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. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron meet on the sidelines of the NATO summit in London on Dec. 3.

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.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg

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.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, back left, and White House advisor Jared Kushner, back right, stand with members of a Saudi delegation

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.

Police fire a water cannon against Georgian protesters

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.

Customs officers destroy counterfeit products

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.

U.S. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer testifies during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Navy readiness in Washington on April 9.

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.

Marie Yovanovitch testifies in the House impeachment inquiry.

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.

Kimberly Reed testifies during her confirmation hearing to become president of the Export-Import Bank on Capitol Hill on July 19, 2018.

Bid to Revive Export-Import Bank Runs Aground

Despite the threat from China and other nations, Republicans still decry what they call “crony capitalism.”

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?

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.

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.

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.

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