Diplomacy

An activist holds a placard during a protest against corruption outside the Zambian parliament in Lusaka on Sept. 28, 2018.

U.S. Ambassador Puts Zambia on Notice

Washington gives the country $500 million in support a year, he says, but has little to show for it in terms of cooperation and human rights.

Rafael Grossi, the new director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, on Sept. 20.

Rafael Grossi Isn’t America’s—or Iran’s, or North Korea’s—Man

The new head of the IAEA was the United States’ preferred candidate. But, as global tensions rise, he quickly needs to prove his independence.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to reporters.

State Clamps Down on Officials Joining Pompeo’s Calls

A Democratic lawmaker says the lack of transparency and record-keeping will keep the public in the dark.

Rep. Jerry Nadler

Believe It or Not, Impeachment Is About to Get Even More Partisan

Expect anger and grandstanding as the House Judiciary Committee picks up the torch with a critical decision bearing down on the Democrats.

U.S. diplomats William Taylor and George Kent testify at House impeachment hearing

With State Department Under Fire, Lawmakers Form a Diplomacy Caucus

The bipartisan House move seeks to bolster support for U.S. diplomats as Ukraine impeachment inquiry puts heat on the foreign service.

Marie Yovanovitch testifies in the House impeachment inquiry.

State Department Misled Congress on Ouster of Ukraine Ambassador

A new trove of State Department emails sheds fresh light on events surrounding the impeachment inquiry.

Trump's EU ambassador Gordon Sondland testifies in the impeachment inquiry.

U.S. Diplomacy’s ‘Gordon Problem’ Goes Way Beyond Gordon Sondland

With the ambassador’s headline-making testimony, the Ukraine impeachment inquiry shed unprecedented light on the difference between political appointees and career diplomats.

Saudi Prince Khalid bin Salman

Can a Young Saudi Prince End the War in Yemen?

Khalid bin Salman is working full time to extricate Saudi Arabia from the disastrous conflict begun by his brother. Some regional and U.S. officials are cautiously optimistic. 

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks at the Environmental Justice Presidential Candidate Forum at South Carolina State University on November 8, 2019 in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

Warren’s Plan to Rebuild the State Department Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Adding 8,000 foreign service officers won’t solve America’s diplomatic problems. State needs to prioritize data science, expand strategic planning, and encourage mid-career training, too.

The State Department seen in Washington.

Trump Administration Targeted Career Diplomat, State Watchdog Says

Recent reports reveal a pattern of political retaliation, some without consequences, in Trump’s State Department.

Two diplomats, William Taylor and George Kent, testify in the impeachment hearing.

Wednesday’s Biggest Winners Might Have Been U.S. Diplomats

Despite partisan bickering over the first public impeachment hearing into Trump's behavior, foreign service officers lauded the performance of two of their own, William Taylor and George Kent.

Greenland, where the U.S. plans to open a new consulate under Trump.

Trump Puts Down New Roots in Greenland

Will the new U.S. diplomatic outpost in the Arctic get a warm welcome?

U.S. President Donald Trump Meets North Korean leader Kim Jung Un

Trump Is More Vulnerable Than Ever to Kim Jong Un’s Nuclear Extortion

Trump’s growing impulsiveness and unilateral decision-making may signal to Kim that he can get precisely what he wants.

The U.S. State Department in Washington.

Praising U.S. Diplomats for Their Testimony Is Not Enough

State Department officials who find themselves wrapped up in the Trump impeachment inquiry will need public support for years to come.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the U.N. General Assembly

Trump Turns U.N. Visas, Travel Restrictions Into Foreign-Policy Cudgel

If you’re deemed hostile to U.S. interests, you may face travel limitations, arbitrary visa denials, sudden airport checks, and other forms of harassment, diplomats say.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Officials Vent Impeachment, Transparency Frustrations at State Department Forum

Career diplomats question leadership over the lack of openness and failure to defend colleagues.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the State Department.

Fear and Loathing at Pompeo’s State Department

Career diplomats feel betrayed as the secretary of state stays silent on the Ukraine inquiry. But Pompeo remains a star in Republican circles as he eyes a possible Senate run.

The logo for Twitter is projected onto a man in London on Aug. 9, 2017.

Thumb-Boat Diplomacy Could Undo U.S. Foreign Policy

It isn’t just Trump. All sorts of policymakers are using Twitter to promote their policies and condemn their adversaries.

Trump's ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland prepares to testify in the impeachment inquiry.

Plugging the Donor-to-Ambassador Pipeline

Trump gives more ambassadorships to donors and fat cats than most presidents. A House bill seeks to stop that practice for all presidents going forward.

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