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Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen talks to the press after U.S. President Donald Trump canceled his state visit after her government said its territory of Greenland was not for sale in Copenhagen on Aug. 21.

Trump’s Spat With Denmark Could Cost Him Against Iran

The Danes may have been considering joining the United States’ maritime security force—until the U.S. president exploded over Greenland.

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the Federal Assembly at Moscow's Manezh Central Exhibition Hall for his state of the union address on March 1, 2018.

Is Russia’s Doomsday Missile Fake News?

Experts are skeptical that Moscow has the money or technical know-how to field Putin’s promised arsenal.

U.S. Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy listens during a hearing before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 24, 2009.

Women Look to 2020 to Break the National Security Glass Ceiling

Advocacy groups see the upcoming election as an opportunity to boost the number of women in senior positions.

Screenshots of videos on TikTok.

Xinjiang’s Voiceless Protests Hit Social Media

Videos show Uighurs silently posing with photos of detained relatives.

The Pentagon logo and an American flag are lit up in the briefing room of the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, on Jan. 3, 2002.

Mattis’s Successor Signals He Wants to End the Pentagon’s Long Silence

Mark Esper is beefing up his media relations team. But is it too late?

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in Berlin on June 30, 2014.

Meet Israel’s New Kingmaker

Avigdor Lieberman could determine whether Benjamin Netanyahu gets another term. What does he want?   

Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget,  speaks at the White House in Washington on March 22, 2018.

Trump’s Plan to Slash Foreign Aid Puts Humanitarian Programs in Jeopardy

Administration hopes to bypass Congress by running down the budget clock.

Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget,  speaks at the White House in Washington on March 22, 2018.

Trump’s Plan to Slash Foreign Aid Puts Humanitarian Programs in Jeopardy

Administration hopes to bypass Congress by running down the budget clock.

U.S. President Donald Trump attends a meeting of the Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS at the U.S. State Department on Feb. 6.

Diplomats Losing Out to Trump Picks for Top Spots

Current and former U.S. officials say the deluge of political appointees at the State Department is hurting American diplomacy.

U.S. President Donald Trump attends a meeting of the Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS at the U.S. State Department on Feb. 6.

Diplomats Losing Out to Trump Picks for Top Spots

Current and former U.S. officials say the deluge of political appointees at the State Department is hurting American diplomacy.

The State Department headquarters in Washington on Sept. 12, 2012.

State Department Watchdog Censures Two Trump Appointees for Harassing Career Staffers

Report says the two appointees targeted career officials they perceived as politically disloyal.

The State Department headquarters in Washington on Sept. 12, 2012.

State Department Watchdog Censures Two Trump Appointees for Harassing Career Staffers

Report says the two appointees targeted career officials they perceived as politically disloyal.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson makes a statement after his dismissal at the State Department in Washington, D.C.,  on March 13, 2018.

Hiring Freeze Put U.S. Diplomats Under Threat Worldwide, Report Says

Many programs in counterterrorism, global health, and cybersecurity are also struggling.

British Trade Secretary Liz Truss arrives at No. 10 Downing St. for a cabinet meeting in London on July 25.

Capitol Hill Could Imperil Any New U.S.-U.K. Trade Deal

Despite Trump’s eagerness to help a post-Brexit Britain, plenty of obstacles stand in the way—and not just the usual suspects.

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters participate in a training maneuver using an armored vehicle provided by the Turkish army, near the town of Tal Hajar in Aleppo province, on Jan. 16.

Tensions Spike as Turkey Threatens Syria Offensive

U.S. defense secretary says a Turkish incursion would be “unacceptable.”

A trader works at the New York Stock Exchange in New York City on Aug. 5.

Currency War With China Dooms Trade Talks

Trump’s puzzling move to ratchet up tensions won’t work, experts say.

Supporters of Cameroonian President Paul Biya's party, the Cameroon People's Democratic Movement, walk through Bongo Square under the watch of a gendarme in Buea, Cameroon, on Oct. 3, 2018.

African Governments Rush to Hire Trump-Linked Lobbyists 

Accused of atrocities, Cameroon is only the latest to jump in, employing a firm that just brought on Donald Trump’s former acting attorney general.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speak during a press conference at the Parliament of New South Wales in Sydney on Aug. 4.

Pacific Tour Tests New Pentagon Chief

Mark Esper sets out to persuade U.S. allies in Asia that the United States has their back.

A woman and a girl chat next to a television news screen showing an image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looking at the test-fire of a new multiple rocket launcher, at a railway station in Seoul on Aug. 1.

North Korean Missile Dismissed as ‘Standard’ by Trump Threatens U.S. Military

Defense experts fear Pyongyang has developed a new rocket that can penetrate U.S. defenses.

A woman and a girl chat next to a television news screen showing an image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looking at the test-fire of a new multiple rocket launcher, at a railway station in Seoul on Aug. 1.

North Korean Missile Dismissed as ‘Standard’ by Trump Threatens U.S. Military

Defense experts fear Pyongyang has developed a new rocket that can penetrate U.S. defenses.

U.S. Army Col. Kathryn Spletstoser confers with a colleague as U.S. Air Force Gen. John Hyten testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on his appointment as the next vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington on July 30.

Advocates Decry ‘Public Shaming’ of General’s Accuser

Critics call the treatment of Col. Spletstoser during confirmation hearings for Trump’s Joint Chiefs vice chair a setback for efforts to reform the way the military handles sexual assault.

A strong wind blows embers around a resident hosing his burning property during the Creek Fire in Sunland, California, on Dec. 5, 2017.

Trump’s Shadow War on Climate Science

The resignation of a State Department official is the latest instance of a systematic suppression of evidence, former officials and whistleblowers say.

A strong wind blows embers around a resident hosing his burning property during the Creek Fire in Sunland, California, on Dec. 5, 2017.

Trump’s Shadow War on Climate Science

The resignation of a State Department official is the latest instance of a systematic suppression of evidence, former officials and whistleblowers say.

U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe speaks during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee in Washington on June 28, 2018.

Can Trump’s Pick for Intel Chief Tell the President What He Needs to Hear?

Critics say John Ratcliffe may be too political to be believed as the next director of national intelligence.

Russian President Vladimir Putin casts his ballot at a polling station during parliamentary elections in Moscow on Sept. 18, 2016.

Scope of Russian Election Hacking Remains Unclear 

Volume one of a long-awaited Senate report on Kremlin targeting of election systems finds all 50 states may have been targeted. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin casts his ballot at a polling station during parliamentary elections in Moscow on Sept. 18, 2016.

Scope of Russian Election Hacking Remains Unclear 

Volume one of a long-awaited Senate report on Kremlin targeting of election systems finds all 50 states may have been targeted. 

U.S. Sen. James Risch, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, attends a hearing on Capitol Hill on June 19.

Senators Break Ranks Over Saudi Arabia

The Foreign Relations Committee, in a rare breach of decorum, engages in a bitter dispute over how to pressure Riyadh.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media during a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington on July 22.

Trump Does an About-Face on Pakistan—and Blunders Into the Kashmir Dispute

The U.S. president is desperate to salvage peace talks with the Taliban, even if it means cozying up to Pakistan at the expense of America’s newest partner in the Indo-Pacific.

White House National Security Advisor John Bolton listens to U.S. President Donald Trump as he and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte talk to reporters in the Oval Office at the White House on July 18.

Iran Overtures Are the Latest Setback for Bolton 

Trump’s hawkish national security advisor may be losing credibility fast as the president pushes diplomacy, observers say.

U.S. President Donald Trump sits in the driver's seat of a semi-truck as he welcomes truckers and CEOs to the White House to discuss health care on March 23, 2017.

All the President’s Trolls

Donald Trump is gathering his favorite meme-makers and trolls for a White House summit.

British Ambassador Kim Darroch speaks to guests at the ambassador's residence in Washington, D.C., on April 28, 2017.

Diplomats Fear Chilling Effect of British Ambassador’s Resignation

Worries over leaks could curtail the flow of frank information from foreign embassies in Washington.

Protesters gather in front of the White House to speak out against a possible war with Iran on June 23.

Iran-Linked Hackers Said to Be Ready for Attacks on U.S. Targets

Even if real war doesn’t start, a cyberwar may soon be underway, experts say.

U.S. President Donald Trump fist-bumps Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during a meeting at the G-20 summit on in Osaka, Japan, on June 28.

To G-20 Leaders, Trump’s Bully Boy Routine Has Grown Old

He’ll insult them in public, then demand a deal behind closed doors. The meeting in Osaka is another test case of the president’s dealmaking skills.

Sudanese protesters sit on a bridge during a demonstration outside the army headquarters in the capital of Khartoum on April 19.

Seeking to Secure Power, Sudan’s Military Ruler Hires Lobbying Help

Top general brokers a multimillion-dollar deal with a Canadian firm and hosts a former U.S. congressman.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Tillerson to Kushner: We’ve Got to Stop Meeting Like This

Former U.S. secretary of state’s testimony reveals Jared Kushner’s omnipresent, perhaps unprecedented, role in the Trump administration.

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U.S. Stopped Vital Foreign Aid Programs in the Name of Counter-Trafficking

Money that could have been used to curtail the Ebola outbreak in Central Africa or support demining programs in Southeast Asia was held up over human trafficking complaints.

U.S. President Donald Trump (from left), Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and National Security Advisor John Bolton attend a bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House on June 20.

Why Trump Decided Not to Attack Iran

Officials say the president is looking for a peaceful solution to the crisis.

Foreign Policy illustration/Bettmann Archive/Getty Images

Finally, the U.S. Is Getting Some Diplomats in the Field

Thanks to rule changes and a new push from the Senate and Pompeo’s team, a flurry of nominees is being approved at last.

Kelly Knight Craft, U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee to be ambassador to the United Nations, testifies at her nomination hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington on June 19.

Dems Grill Trump’s U.N. Nominee Over Ottawa Absences

Kelly Knight Craft spent about half her tenure as ambassador outside Canada, data shows. She says much of it was work travel.

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