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.
Belt and Road Tests China’s Image in Pakistan
As China’s presence in Pakistan grows, the countries’ special relationship could be strained.
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.
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.
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.
Trump Takes Center Stage at U.N. Summit
The U.S. president’s third UNGA address could be more toned down than before.
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.
The World Comes to the U.N.—but the U.S. Is Largely Missing
Trump to skip climate summit to focus on his Christian base.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.