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US Defense Secretary Mark Esper, with US President Donald Trump, speaks on vaccine development on May 15 in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC.

White House to Interview Defense Officials in Perceived Loyalty Test

Interviews with political appointees at the Pentagon raise fears of another purge.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi speaks during a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on June 3, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

Lawmakers Allege Egyptian Interference in Torture Suit

A House letter calls the arrests of an Egyptian American human rights advocate’s family a bid to “undermine” the U.S. judicial process.

The Pentagon

Pentagon Selects New Industrial Policy Chief

The move comes after the last senior official overseeing the defense industry’s response to the coronavirus pandemic was fired.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meet in the White House on March 20, 2018

Trump Mulls Ending Heads-Up to Congress on U.S. Weapons Sales

Administration officials say they are tired of regular efforts by Capitol Hill to review arms exports to Saudi Arabia and other nations.

This picture taken December 26, 2011 shows the Pentagon building in Washington, DC.

Top Trump Pentagon Nominee Walks Back Offensive Tweets

Anthony Tata says he retracts his 2018 tweets calling former President Barack Obama a “terrorist leader.”

Anti-government protesters in Iraq

U.S. Begins Iraq Talks With One Eye on Graft

The State Department is concerned about the progress of Iraqi judicial reforms and the anti-corruption fight, according to a new report.

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark A. Milley, testify about the Defense department budget during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, March 4, 2020.

Pentagon Won’t Disclose Cost of D.C. Troops

The Defense Department falls short of a deadline set by seven Senate Democrats but says it is working on a response detailing the expense of sending U.S. troops to Washington.

Demonstrators kneel as they protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd, across from the White House on June 7, 2020 in Washington, DC.

Demonstrations Prompt National Security Community Push for Diversity

In a letter, more than 150 organizations and practitioners in the national security and foreign-policy communities pledged to add more diversity to their ranks and boards of directors.

Ralph Bunche (fifth from left in the main row) joins Martin Luther King Jr. on the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, on March 26, 1965. Bunche, who won a Nobel Peace Prize as the United Nations' Middle East mediator, has been cited as an example of the United Nations' history of fighting discrimination.

U.N. Reverses Ban on Staff Participation in Anti-Racism Protests

The secretary-general changes course on staffers’ participation in demonstrations against police brutality in the United States, citing a U.N. history of fighting discrimination.

U.S. President Donald Trump, right, meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

U.S. Unable to Monitor Military Aid to Egypt’s Anti-Terrorism Fight

Limits on U.S. visibility come as the Pentagon considers pulling out of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula altogether.

Taliban prisoners

Taliban Leadership in Disarray on Verge of Peace Talks

The coronavirus has swept through the top ranks, leaving Mullah Omar’s son tenuously in charge.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Pompeo’s State Department Faces Yet a New Oversight Battle With Capitol Hill

Democrats say the State Department is withholding information on diversity from Congress based on the claim it is “non-publicly available” information.

The Pentagon

Top Trump Defense Pick Shows Up at Pentagon Before Senate Confirmation

In a move that could raise questions in Congress, Trump loyalist Anthony Tata has been asked to sit in on meetings prior to his expected nomination to a senior Pentagon post.

A partial screenshot of https://www.nudtdata.com.cn/, the public version of the virus database

Leaked Chinese Virus Database Covers 230 Cities, 640,000 Updates

New information may offer insight into the honesty of China’s coronavirus numbers.

This photo shows members of the Chinese Navy, a division of the People's Liberatiuon Army (PLA), shouting while marching during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on October 24, 2007.

China Uses Pandemic to Boost Military Pressure on Taiwan

A U.S. congressional report warns of aggressive actions by the People’s Liberation Army against Taipei.

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden addresses the crowd during a campaign launch party in Columbia, South Carolina, on Feb. 11.

Biden Gets Push From Left-Leaning Groups to Slash Pentagon Budget

Some groups haven’t had luck getting through the door, sources tell Foreign Policy.

US President Donald Trump with US Defense Secretary Mark Esper, sings the National Anthem before the Army v. Navy American Football game in Philadelphia on December 14, 2019.

Trump Taps Point Man to Remove Pentagon Officials Seen as Disloyal

Officials fear the arrival of a former top aide to Vice President Mike Pence who could undercut Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

U.S. President Donald Trump

WHO Becomes Battleground as Trump Chooses Pandemic Confrontation Over Cooperation

Critics say fighting the coronavirus has become secondary as U.S. seeks to hamstring the World Health Organization, turning it into a 2020 election issue along with Chinese trade.

The U.S. State Department

In Latest Post-Impeachment Move, Trump Administration Shifts a Loyalist to the State Department

Political appointee Alexander Alden will take over a role in a bureau caught in the middle of Trump’s impeachment and trial.

Smoke billows following an airstrike by the US-led international coalition forces targeting Islamic State (IS) group in Mosul, Iraq, on July 9, 2017.

Pentagon Asks for More Cash to Cut Down Civilian Deaths

Under fire from human rights groups, the Pentagon is asking lawmakers for funding to improve its ability to track civilian casualties in the ongoing fight against the Islamic State and other terrorist groups, Foreign Policy has learned. 

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters during a cease-fire

How Trump and Putin Weakened U.N. Bid for a Global Cease-Fire

U.S. officials worry that counterterrorism operations will be constrained.

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Sept. 2, 2018.

U.N. Backs Down on Partnership With Chinese Firm for 75th Anniversary

The decision comes after U.S. officials and human rights advocates complained that Tencent aids Beijing in surveillance.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

After Death of U.S. Citizen, State Department Floats Slashing Egypt Aid

The United States continues sending military aid to Egypt despite its worsening human rights situation. Could the death of a detained American change that?

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.

A member of the Syrian relief group Violet Organization disinfects tents

The Next Wave

U.N. and relief agencies warn the coronavirus pandemic could leave an even bigger path of destruction in the world’s most vulnerable and conflict-riven countries.

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio distributes information about the Coronavirus on March 9, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Jeenah Moon/Getty Images)

New York Officials Tell U.N. Coronavirus Has Spread Throughout City

Foreign diplomats claim briefers from the mayor’s office say no specific measures are planned to protect them.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump speak in Beijing.

U.S. and China Turn Coronavirus Into a Geopolitical Football

Beijing is using the outbreak to boost its reputation for global cooperation while Washington plays the blame-Beijing game.

Iraqi men unload USAID supplies north of Baghdad.

Fears Mount as Trump Administration Guts USAID’s Iraq Presence

A senior lawmaker fears drastically reduced U.S. diplomatic and aid footprint could pave the way for Islamic State comeback.

Malian special forces stand watch.

U.S. Congress Moves to Restrain Pentagon Over Africa Drawdown Plans

Esper already faces an uphill battle in trying to push through potential cuts to Africom. New legislation could make that even tougher.

Pro-government fighters give food to children in Yemen.

Pompeo to Pressure U.N. Over Aid to Yemen

The Trump administration is upset that too much of it is falling into the hands of Houthi rebels.

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.

The U.S. State Department

State Stonewalls Congress on Embassy Oversight

Allegations of mismanagement at the U.S. Embassy in South Africa go unaddressed.

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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.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

State Department Pressed Pompeo to Emphasize ‘One Mission’ in Ukraine

Memo urges secretary of state to cut through confusion created by impeachment testimony.

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping

U.S. State Department Appoints Envoy to Counter Chinese Influence at the U.N.

The Trump administration’s retreat from multilateralism left a political void that China is seeking to fill. Now, the United States wants to turn back the clock.

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