Diplomacy

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speaks at an event in Las Vegas.

Kamala Harris Taps Ex-Diplomat to Be Her National Security Advisor

Nancy McEldowney is one of several former senior foreign service officers expected to join the senior ranks of the new U.S. administration.

House Foreign Affairs Committee member Joaquin Castro speaks at a hearing.

Showdown in House Foreign Affairs Chair Race Reflects Rifts in Democratic Party

The battle between centrists and progressives over U.S. foreign policy that is dogging Biden’s transition is also playing out in a crucial committee.

Then-US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) gestures next to Then-US Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Linda Thomas-Greenfield before their bilateral talks with Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (not pictured) at the State House in Nairobi on August 22, 2016.

In Break From Trump, Biden Opts for Experience, Expertise for Top National Security Jobs

The U.S. president-elect laid out most of his national security team even as more Republicans abandoned Trump and his legal battles over the election results.

Donald Trump delivers a speech on foreign policy.

Team Biden Urged to Keep Trump’s Afghan Envoy

Biden’s foreign-policy team is weighing the merits of letting Zalmay Khalilzad keep his job or letting him go.

United Nations Special Envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen puts on his face mask

U.N. Peacemaking in the Age of Plague

United Nations diplomats and civil servants fear peace efforts in Geneva may aid the spread of the coronavirus.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (from left), Sen. Bernie Sanders, and former Vice President Joe Biden participate in the Democratic presidential primary debate in Charleston, South Carolina, on Feb. 25.

Biden May Win, but the Left Is Still Fighting for Influence

Continued Republican control of the Senate threatens to forestall both progressive cabinet picks and progressive policies.

U.S. President Donald Trump in the White House

If Trump Wins, Washington’s Brain Trust Is Eyeing the Exit Door

At the State Department, Pentagon, and other agencies, some senior officials can’t take four more years.

A supporter displays the Venezuelan flag at a Biden-Harris drive-in rally in Orlando, Florida on Oct. 27.

Will the Next Administration Take a New Track on Venezuela Policy?

Either Trump or Biden would face a stalled diplomatic situation when it comes to Venezuela.

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Iowa.

Washington’s Foreign Diplomats Frozen Out by Team Biden

Biden’s foreign-policy gatekeepers tell diplomats to hold their calls—until they’re in charge.

Sen. Tim Kaine

Senior U.S. Lawmaker Wants to Scale Back Pay-for-Post Ambassadorships

Both parties have rewarded donors with top diplomatic positions, but Trump has taken it to a new level.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stands next to President Donald Trump as he speaks.

Pompeo’s Next Mission, Like His First: Clinton’s Old Emails

Mike Pompeo’s rush to placate Trump and release old emails from Hillary Clinton worries many in the State Department who fear both its illegality and interference in the election.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo travels to Brazil.

Pompeo’s Preelection Politicking Is Wearing Thin, Even With Allies

From the Vatican to Brazil, foreign officials are getting tired of Pompeo dragging their governments into Trump’s reelection campaign.

Donald Trump attends a worship service in Las Vegas.

Trump Officials Seek to Push Social Conservative Values in International Agreements

The U.S. administration exports anti-abortion policies abroad and strips international agreements of references to “sexual orientation” and “gender identities.”

President Donald Trump speaks alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The State Department’s Struggles to Diversify Just Got Harder

Trump’s executive order taking aim at diversity training could make it even harder to fix the State Department’s dismal record on inclusion.

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