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Former Director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in Washington, D.C. on May 23, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Trump Escalates Feud With Former CIA Chief Brennan

Four questions on security clearances and their value in Washington.

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) questions witnesses during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on May 26, 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

U.S. Lawmakers Press Pompeo to Fix Policy for Diplomat Families

The State Department has scaled back benefits to family members with special needs.

The State Department's director of policy planning and new head of the Iran Action Group, Brian Hook, speaks during a press briefing at the State Department in Washington on Aug. 16. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

Pompeo Creates New Team to Pressure Iran

The new unit will be led by one of the State Department’s most powerful officials.

Illustration by Kotryna Zukauskaite for Foreign Policy

Botched CIA Communications System Helped Blow Cover of Chinese Agents

The number of informants executed in the debacle is higher than initially thought.

Uali Islam shows photos of his wife Sairagul Sawytbai at his house in Baidibek village, Kazakhstan.  (Izturgan Aldauev/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Central Asia Struggles With Fallout From China’s Internment of Minorities

Kazakh case draws attention to plight of hundreds of thousands detained in Xinjiang

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in Washington on July 25. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Pompeo Ignores Plea From Diplomats With Children With Special Needs

Families say the State Department continues to curb benefits mandated by law.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with Alan B. Norman, director and chief test pilot, and Marillyn A. Hewson, the chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin, next to an F-35 at the White House on July 23. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

Trump Blocks Fighter Jet Transfer Amid Deepening U.S.-Turkey Rift

The decision is a blow to Ankara but could also complicate matters for Washington.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announces the Trump administration's plan to create the U.S. Space Force by 2020 during a speech at the Pentagon August 9, 2018 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Security Brief: What Trump’s Space Force Will and Won’t Do; U.S. Sanctions Rattle Markets, Allies

Catch up on everything you need to know about Trump’s Space Force, the impact of powerful new White House sanctions on Russia, Turkey and Iran, an interview with U.S. Central Command chief Gen. Joseph Votel, and more.

White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner speaks at opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on May 14. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

Trump Administration Seeks to Withhold Millions in Aid to Palestinians

Kushner hopes cuts will pressure Palestinians to accept a U.S. peace plan.

Members of the Israeli Druze community and their supporters protest against the Israeli nation-state law in Tel Aviv on Aug. 4. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

An Alliance Annulled

Netanyahu has antagonized Israel’s most loyal Arab allies and opened a new front in the country’s culture wars.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence delivers opening remarks during the National Space Council's first meeting at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center on October 5, 2017. (Photo by Joel Kowsky/NASA via Getty Images)

Space Force Is Trump’s Answer to New Russian and Chinese Weapons

But creating a new service branch is seen as a slap in the face to the Air Force.

Jay Sekulow attends event at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee on April 29, 2014.

For Trump and Co., Few Palestinians Count as Refugees

Trump’s attorney is among the activists trying to strip Palestinians of their status.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, during their meeting in Sochi, Russia, on May 17. (Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Post-ISIS Retreat Leaves Syria Vulnerable to Russia and Iran

The U.S. administration is reluctant to help with Syrian recovery.

Iranians take to the streets protesting the country's economic woes and the government in Tehran on June 25. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Turns up Heat on Iran’s Economy, Adding Fuel to Massive Protests

Experts question whether the resumption of sanctions will help topple the regime or strengthen it.

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