Security Brief

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an Oval Office announcement September 11, 2019 at the White House in Washington, D.C.

Security Brief Plus: Trump Eyes Pompeo for Bolton’s Job

A new national security advisor could allow progress on a number of diplomatic fronts.

U.S. President Donald Trump announces the $1.8 billion State Opioid Response Grants in the Roosevelt Room at the White House September 04, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Taliban Peace Talks Scrapped

Afghans brace for more violence after Trump calls off negotiations with the insurgent group.

A wounded man is brought by ambulance to the Wazir Akbar Khan hospital following a suicide attack in Kabul on September 5, 2019.

Afghan Peace Deal Stumbles

Officials in Washington and Kabul have concerns about the tentative agreement.

Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special representative for Afghan peace and reconciliation, gestures as he speaks during a forum talk with the director of TOLO news, Lotfullah Najafizada, at the Tolo TV station in Kabul on April 28, 2019.

The Long Road to Peace in Afghanistan

Khalilzad is said to be close to a deal with the Taliban that would pave the way for intra-Afghan talks.

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif speaks during a joint press conference with Norway's Foreign Minister after a meeting, on August 22, 2019 in Oslo. (STIAN LYSBERG SOLUM/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran’s Hard Line on Reviving Nuclear Talks

Macron’s G-7 proposal likely a non-starter for Trump.

People watch a television news screen showing file footage of North Korea's missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on August 10, 2019. (JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

Seoul to Scrap Intel-Sharing Pact that Helps Monitor North Korea

Seoul’s decision to end a key agreement with Tokyo could undermine security in the region after a series of missile tests from Pyongyang.

US President Donald Trump boards Air Force One at Pittsburgh International Airport in Pennsylvania on August 13, 2019, before returning to his Bedminster golf club in New Jersey. Trump met with his national security advisers on Friday to discuss Afghanistan. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Can Trump Make a Deal for Afghanistan?

A deadly blast in Kabul raises questions about peace talks between the Taliban and U.S. negotiators.

Taiwan army soldiers pose for photos on an US-made M60-A3 tank after a life-fire exercise in Taichung, central Taiwan, on January 17, 2019. (SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)

Taiwan Boosts Military Spending as China Looms

Taipei unveiled a significant increase in its defense budget, with an eye to Beijing's crackdown on Hong Kong.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a Security Council meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on August 5.

Botched Russian Weapons Test Leads to Radiation Leaks

A nuclear-powered cruise missile test in Russia goes wrong, John Bolton visits London, allies turn on each other in Yemen conflict, and more.

Turkish Army tanks driving to the Syrian-Turkish border town of Jarabulus on August 25, 2016.

U.S. and Turkey Avert Showdown Over Syria

The U.S. and Turkey agree to a safe zone in Syria, tensions spike between India and Pakistan, and more top news of the week.

Pakistani students chant slogans during an anti-Indian protest rally in Lahore on August 5, 2019, as they denounce the ongoing unrest situation in Indian administered Kashmir.

India Sparks Fresh Tensions in Kashmir

The Indian government wants to strip Kashmir of its autonomy.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif discusses current developments in the Middle East at the Council on Foreign Relations on July 17, 2017 in New York City.

Zarif Sanctions Dim Prospects for Iran Talks

Trump imposed sanctions on the Iranian diplomat who helped negotiate the 2015 nuclear accord.

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) questions former Special Counsel Robert Mueller as he testifies before the House Judiciary Committee about his report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in the Rayburn House Office Building July 24, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Tea Party Stalwart to Replace Dan Coats as Intelligence Chief

Rep. John Ratcliffe has distinguished himself as a loyal Trump defender.

Chinese army soldiers perform drills during a demonstration at an open day at the Ngong Shuen Chau Barracks in Hong Kong on June 30.

China’s Military Threatens Protesters

In sweeping new defense strategy, Beijing identifies “separatists” as greatest threat.

Iranian Revolutionary Guards patrol around the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero on July 21, 2019, as it's anchored off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas.

Iran Undeterred as U.S. Calls for Coalition to Police Key Waterways

Audio of the latest tanker incident shows the difficulty of protecting commercial vessels transiting through the Gulf.

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