White House to Interview Defense Officials in Perceived Loyalty Test
Interviews with political appointees at the Pentagon raise fears of another purge.
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.
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.
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.
Top Trump Pentagon Nominee Walks Back Offensive Tweets
Anthony Tata says he retracts his 2018 tweets calling former President Barack Obama a “terrorist leader.”
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.
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.
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.
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. 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 Leadership in Disarray on Verge of Peace Talks
The coronavirus has swept through the top ranks, leaving Mullah Omar’s son tenuously in charge.
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.
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.
Leaked Chinese Virus Database Covers 230 Cities, 640,000 Updates
New information may offer insight into the honesty of China’s coronavirus numbers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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?
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. Appeals to Aid Recipients for Help in Fighting Coronavirus
Request undercuts Trump’s claim that the U.S. has enough tests and medical equipment.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
State Stonewalls Congress on Embassy Oversight
Allegations of mismanagement at the U.S. Embassy in South Africa go unaddressed.
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.
State Department Pressed Pompeo to Emphasize ‘One Mission’ in Ukraine
Memo urges secretary of state to cut through confusion created by impeachment testimony.
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.