Diplomacy

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping

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.

Mexico's Andrés Manuel López Obrado

Mexican Diplomacy Has Gone Feminist

Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s administration has boldly reoriented its foreign policy toward gender equality.

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Books in Brief

Vaclav Smil’s encyclopedia on growth and new releases on economics in hard times and diplomacy in war zones.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif speaks at an international conference.

Who’s Afraid of Mohammad Javad Zarif?

The United States killed Qassem Suleimani. Why can’t it silence his defenders?

A fighter loyal to the Libyan Government of National Accord

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.

President Donald Trump speaks alongside U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the White House.

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.N. forces in Mali.

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.

Members of the U.S. military carry the flags of Israel and the United States before the arrival of then Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman in Washington on April 26, 2018.

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.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Baghdad, Iraq.

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.

The shuttered Israeli embassy  in Moscow on Oct. 30, during an Israeli foreign ministry strike.

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.

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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. 

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.

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