Finally, the U.S. Is Getting Some Diplomats in the Field
Thanks to rule changes and a new push from the Senate and Pompeo’s team, a flurry of nominees is being approved at last.
Dems Grill Trump’s U.N. Nominee Over Ottawa Absences
Kelly Knight Craft spent about half her tenure as ambassador outside Canada, data shows. She says much of it was work travel.
North Korea Talks in ‘Holding Pattern’ Over Key Word, U.S. Envoy Says
Biegun admits the two sides still can’t agree on what “denuclearization” means.
U.S. Blames Iran for Latest Tanker Attack
Pompeo says no other country could have orchestrated the explosions with “such a high degree of sophistication.”
Accused of Inaction, Trump Team Set to Appoint Sudan Advisor
Former U.S. diplomat Donald Booth expected to address the bloody impasse between military and protesters as U.N. officials warn of spiraling violence.
A Republican Rainmaker Comes to Turtle Bay
If confirmed, Kelly Knight Craft would be the first U.S. ambassador to the United Nations who got started in politics as a campaign fundraiser and donor.
Did Kim Jong Un Actually Execute His Nuclear Negotiators?
North Korea experts urge caution over the revelation, noting that previous reports of summary executions proved false.
Serbia Needs Kosovo’s Respect, Not Its Land
Peace talks have fallen apart again in the Balkans—but Greece and Macedonia show the proper way forward.
Be Afraid of the World, Be Very Afraid
Five global problems that are getting worse—and may never get better.
Leaving the Paris Agreement Is a Bad Deal for the United States
Trump’s plan to quit the accord would provide serious cover for major emitters like China and India.
U.S. Quietly Waters Down Another Communique on Gender Equality
This time it’s a G-7 joint statement ahead of a meeting of national leaders in August.
How Richard Holbrooke Represented America’s Best and Worst Impulses
On the podcast: George Packer, in conversation with Stephen M. Walt, on America’s long-serving diplomat.
The United States Needs a Gray-Zone Strategy Against North Korea
Pyongyang thrives on provocation. Washington has to learn to counter it.
Pompeo Goes to Russia
Mike Pompeo meets his counterpart in Russia, violence flares as the military and protesters hash out a transitional government in Sudan, and the U.S.-China trade war rumbles on.
Once Upon a Time, Americans Believed in America
A new biography of Richard Holbrooke is a portrait of an era when the United States was at the center of the world—and assumed it should be.
Can John Bolton Thaw Western Sahara’s Long-Frozen Conflict?
The Polisario Front has created an international diplomatic presence on a shoestring budget and sees the Trump administration as its best hope in decades to gain independence from Morocco.
Iran Sends a Threat, and Europe Scrambles
Some diplomats and experts worry the nuclear deal is on the verge of unraveling.
China Rises in U.N. Climate Talks, While U.S. Goes AWOL
As the global body becomes increasingly identified with tackling climate change, Trump refuses to take part, handing the reins to Beijing.
U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Recalled in ‘Political Hit Job,’ Lawmakers Say
Marie Yovanovitch stepping down as ambassador follows attacks from both right-wing media figures in the United States and a senior Ukrainian official.
Congress Wants State Department to Reckon With the ‘Lavender Scare’
Gay employees were hounded from office in a dark episode of State Department history from the 1950s and ’60s, and many committed suicide.