Diplomacy

Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan speaks at a press conference.

Trump’s Next Envoy to Russia Has a Mountain to Climb

First John Sullivan must get through Congress, which wants to question him about Ukraine. Then he must deal with a hostile Moscow.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing.

Belt and Road Tests China’s Image in Pakistan

As China’s presence in Pakistan grows, the countries’ special relationship could be strained.

U.S. President Donald Trump attends a luncheon hosted by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 24.

A Week of U.N. Diplomacy Overshadowed by Impeachment Probe

The inquiry into Trump’s Ukraine call has sidelined some of the ongoing work at UNGA.

Displayed on a monitor, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 24.

Refusing to Talk With Iran Is a Mistake

Donald Trump should use the U.N. General Assembly as an opportunity to open dialogue with Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Displayed on a monitor, U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters on Sept. 24  in New York.

Impeachment Inquiry Clouds Trump’s U.N. Display

Impeachment news hangs over the 74th U.N. General Assembly, but there is still plenty happening in New York.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the U.N. General Assembly in New York City on Sept. 25, 2018.

Trump Takes Center Stage at U.N. Summit

The U.S. president’s third UNGA address could be more toned down than before.

People march as they take part in a strike to demand action on the global climate crisis on Sept. 20 in New York City.

U.N. Summit Opens With Dire Warnings on Climate Change

The U.N. General Assembly begins today with a major climate summit. Over 100 world leaders will attend, but there’s one glaring absence.

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Did the U.S. Even Have the Authority to Bar Iranian Leaders From U.N. Summit?

The United Nations has long disputed that Washington has a right to block people from the New York headquarters—going back to Yasser Arafat in 1988.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 27, 2018.

Pompeo Skirts Protocol to Appoint New Protocol Chief

Democrats say that the U.S. secretary of state is bypassing the Senate’s traditional oversight measures with the appointment.

U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad attends the Intra-Afghan Dialogue talks in Doha, Qatar, on July 8.

Trump’s Approach to Afghanistan ‘Confusing His Own Negotiators’

Veteran diplomat Ryan Crocker talks about the “catastrophic” plans for a Taliban summit and scant hopes for any enduring peace deal.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton listen to U.S. President Donald Trump speak at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 11, 2018.

Trump’s National Security Team Splinters Over Taliban Meeting

Bolton’s pushback and Pentagon concerns over a potential deal with the Afghan insurgents helped convince the U.S. president to cancel the contentious summit.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Sept. 25, 2018.

Senior Officials Concede Loss of U.S. Clout as Trump Prepares For U.N. Summit

State Department meeting highlights internal alarm at China’s growing influence in international organizations.

Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, speaks with Asila Wardak, a human rights activist, during intra-Afghan dialogue talks in Doha, Qatar, on July 8.

Khalilzad Edges Closer to Pact With Taliban

The U.S. envoy is expected to travel to Afghanistan within days to seek approval from President Ashraf Ghani.

U.S. President Donald Trump attends a meeting of the Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS at the U.S. State Department on Feb. 6.

Diplomats Losing Out to Trump Picks for Top Spots

Current and former U.S. officials say the deluge of political appointees at the State Department is hurting American diplomacy.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press in Washington on Aug. 7.

America Ignored

How nations are starting to behave as if the United States isn’t there anymore.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson makes a statement after his dismissal at the State Department in Washington, D.C.,  on March 13, 2018.

Hiring Freeze Put U.S. Diplomats Under Threat Worldwide, Report Says

Many programs in counterterrorism, global health, and cybersecurity are also struggling.

Document of the Week: Trump Administration Shrinks Iran’s U.S. Footprint

With the State Department imposing new travel restrictions on Iranian diplomats, New York City influencers trek across town to see Tehran’s foreign minister.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, second right, attends a meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping in Beijing on April 28.

Imran Khan Mustn’t Let Trump Make Pakistan a Scapegoat

Almost four decades after the first U.S.-Pakistani mission in Afghanistan, Islamabad risks getting caught in the crosshairs of great-power politics again. Only deft diplomacy will save it.

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