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Surrounded by fellow House Republican members, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy speaks during a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol on May 27 in Washington.

The Future of Republican Foreign-Policy Making

What the growing post-Trump divide within the party means for its policy platform.

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces, as they storm the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6.

Trump’s Enablers Face Violent Reckoning

Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Trump will “deservedly be left a man without a country.”

Iranians set a US and an Israeli flag on fire during a funeral procession in Tehran on Jan. 6 for military commander Qassem Suleimani, Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and others killed by a U.S. attack.

The Biggest National Security Stories of the Year

From a showdown with Iran to Trump’s loyalty tests, some of 2020’s major stories will have ripple effects for the Biden administration.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley speaks with members of the military before the Medal of Honor ceremony for U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Thomas Payne, in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Sept. 11.

Top Pentagon General Meets With Taliban to Salvage Peace Deal

As U.S. troops leave Afghanistan, Taliban attacks are on the rise—and peace negotiations are at risk of collapsing.

President-elect Joe Biden listens as Linda Thomas-Greenfield, his choice to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, speaks at an event in Wilmington, Delaware on Nov. 24.

What to Watch for as Biden Staffs Up

Who the U.S. president-elect picks to fill lower-level posts in the State Department, the Pentagon, and other agencies will say a lot about his foreign policy.

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden gestures to the media as he leaves the Queen Theater after participating in a virtual roundtable with frontline health care workers on Nov. 18, in Wilmington, Delaware.

Progressives Target Biden Cabinet Picks

Left-wing groups want to ensure Biden doesn’t pick Michael Morrell, seen as linked to post-9/11 counterterrorism policies, as CIA director.

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks as his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, looks on in Wilmington, Delaware, on Aug. 12.

What Will Biden’s Foreign Policy Team Look Like?

While nothing is set in stone, here are some of the experts in the president-elect’s orbit that could take key posts in the administration.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the press before a meeting at the Pentagon on Jan. 18, 2018, in Washington.

From a Midlevel Advisor to Pentagon Chief in Under a Year

Christopher Miller takes the reins at the Defense Department as the lame-duck White House replaces senior officials with Trump loyalists.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the press alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on March 26, 2019 in Washington.

U.S. Congress Readies for Bruising Lame-Duck Session

If Biden’s lead holds, the Trump administration could look to box in the next White House and extend its legacy on Middle East policy.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks as Secretary of Defense Mark Esper watches during a joint press briefing in the lawns of Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Oct. 27, 2020.

Trump’s Indo-Pacific Strategy Could Outlast Him

With the president on the campaign trail, administration officials are crossing the region to counter China’s rise—moves that a Biden administration might embrace.

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the the signing of the Abraham Accords with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates at the White House on Sept. 15.

Trump Looks to Score Last-Minute Foreign Policy Points

Will presidential promises to bring troops home and give Israel more diplomatic victories be enough to sway voters?

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un look on as documents are exchanged between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, during a signing ceremony in Singapore on June 12, 2018.

Will the Real North Korea Policy Please Stand Up?

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper warns about Pyongyang’s new missiles, while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo downplays any threat.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speak to reporters after they met with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows at the U.S. Capitol on July 28 in Washington, amid economic stimulus talks.

Foreign Aid Is Caught in the Crossfire of Trump’s Stimulus Battle

Aid groups fear that government inaction will fuel economic malaise, hunger, and disease in the developing world.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the first presidential debate against former Vice President Joe Biden at the Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University on Sept. 29 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Is Trump Downplaying the Proud Boys Threat?

The president’s call for the white supremacist group to “stand back and stand by” comes as intelligence agencies have growing concerns about right-wing militias.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien walk through the West Wing colonnade at the White House prior to an Oval Office meeting between President Donald Trump and Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales Dec. 17, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Trump’s National Security Team Is Making Politics, Not Policy

Pompeo speaks on China in Wisconsin and Trump’s national security advisor speaks in Iowa in a thinly veiled election ploy.

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