The United States Can Still Win the Coronavirus Pandemic
The Trump administration has made one mistake after another—and, with some foreign-policy changes, could emerge with more global power anyway.
Books in Brief
FP staff review recent releases on Chinese industrial espionage, the dissent channel in American diplomacy, and British anti-colonialism.
In Global Leadership Void on Pandemic, Critics Ask: Where’s Pompeo?
The U.S. secretary of state is late to finding his voice on the pandemic, as the State Department scrambles to repatriate tens of thousands of American citizens stranded abroad.
‘It’s Pretty Much Going to Be a Death Sentence’
State Department struggles to bring thousands of stranded Americans home as air travel shuts down from the global coronavirus pandemic.
Amid Pandemic, State Department Halts Incoming Classes of New Diplomats
Health concerns deal another blow to the U.S. foreign service, which is already overstretched following a 2017 hiring freeze.
U.S. Appeals to Aid Recipients for Help in Fighting Coronavirus
Request undercuts Trump’s claim that the U.S. has enough tests and medical equipment.
China Casts Itself as Global Savior While U.S. and EU Focus on Virus at Home
As Western countries battle with their own domestic epidemic, a newly stabilized China seizes a chance to portray itself as the emerging superpower. Will it work?
Pompeo Criticized for Failure to Communicate on Coronavirus
Diplomats, lawmakers say the State Department hasn’t been transparent in responding.
The Coronavirus Crisis Is a Diplomatic Opportunity for the United States and Iran
Washington and Tehran could use the public health emergency to show goodwill, dial down tensions while saving face, and avoid a dangerous confrontation.
The United States Must Not Pick Sides in the Nile River Dispute
Ethiopia and Egypt are at odds over a Nile dam. Washington should be helping them compromise, rather than doing Cairo’s bidding.
Global Diplomacy Grinds to a Halt on Infection Fears
One by one, the U.N., WTO, and other major international players are canceling regular gatherings.
State Department Struggling on Diversity, New Report Finds
The most comprehensive study to date shows that State has in some ways become less diverse than it was in 2002.
Richard Grenell: Pundit, Envoy, Spokesman. Spy?
His ascension to the highest intelligence post in the United States heightens fears that the Trump administration is politicizing intelligence.
The U.S. and Europe Are Speaking a Different Language on China
Dire American warnings about the threat from Beijing fall on deaf ears at the Munich Security Conference.
Trump’s Budget Puts Down Stakes in Greenland
Trump’s plan to buy the vast Arctic island fell short. But his administration is allocating half a million dollars moving ahead to build a U.S. consulate there.
The Middle East Thinks America Is Going Crazy
Arab countries are looking for partners who aren’t bogged down by chaos ranging from impeachment to Iowa.
At Embassies Abroad, Trump Envoys Are Quietly Pushing Out Career Diplomats
“There’s zero support or pushback from the department for the career people,” said one former U.S. official.
Greece Accidentally Steered Into a Foreign-Policy Crisis
Turkey is redrawing its borders in the Aegean—and the Greek government is failing to do much about it.
Trump Administration Expected to Appoint First Ambassador to Belarus in Over a Decade
The veteran diplomat Julie Fisher is likely to be given the task of strengthening ties with a nation still dominated by Russia.