U.S. President Donald Trump with China's President Xi Jinping

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.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Donald Trump at the White House.

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.

Travelers wait for a charter flight arranged by the U.S. Embassy

‘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.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo briefs the media in Washington.

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. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo steps off a plane in Kyiv, Ukraine.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet in Japan.

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?

Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the State Department

Pompeo Criticized for Failure to Communicate on Coronavirus

Diplomats, lawmakers say the State Department hasn’t been transparent in responding.

Iranian firefighters disinfect streets in Tehran in a bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus on March 13.

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.

A general view of the Blue Nile river as it passes through the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), near Guba in Ethiopia, on Dec. 26, 2019.

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.

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

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.

The U.S. Department of State

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.

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell

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.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers a speech at the Munich Security Conference on Feb. 15.

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.

The town of Ilulissat, Greenland

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.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

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.

Foreign Policy illustration/Getty Images

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.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis

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.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Belarus's President Alexander Lukashenko

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.

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