U.S. State Department Appoints Envoy to Counter Chinese Influence at the U.N.
The Trump administration’s retreat from multilateralism left a political void that China is seeking to fill. Now, the United States wants to turn back the clock.
Mexican Diplomacy Has Gone Feminist
Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s administration has boldly reoriented its foreign policy toward gender equality.
Books in Brief
Vaclav Smil’s encyclopedia on growth and new releases on economics in hard times and diplomacy in war zones.
Who’s Afraid of Mohammad Javad Zarif?
The United States killed Qassem Suleimani. Why can’t it silence his defenders?
10 Conflicts to Watch in 2020
Friends and foes alike no longer know where the United States stands. As Washington overpromises and underdelivers, regional powers are seeking solutions on their own—both through violence and diplomacy.
A Rocky Year for U.S. Diplomacy
Whether it was confrontations with Iran and China or the never-ending Ukraine imbroglio, 2019 was a tumultuous year for American foreign policy.
U.S. to Ramp Up Counterterrorism Efforts in Sahel Region
Despite years of U.S. and international efforts to fight terrorism in the area, extremist groups are gaining ground.
Should the United States and Israel Make It Official?
The United States and Israel call themselves allies, but they don’t have a formal defense treaty governing their relationship. Here’s why.
State Department Outlines Dramatic Scale-Down of U.S. Presence in Iraq
Critics say the move will open the door to increased Iranian influence and worsen Iraq’s slide into chaos.
Benjamin Netanyahu Is Bleeding Israel’s Foreign Ministry to Death
Deep funding cuts and the gutting of Israel’s diplomatic service is undermining the prime minister’s ambitious foreign-policy agenda.
Russia Proposes Moving U.N. Meetings to Europe
Protesting U.S. visa delays for United Nations-based Russian diplomats, Moscow says some U.N. meetings should be held in Geneva or Vienna.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.