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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens as State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert speaks to press at the State Department on May 29. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

State Department Considering Public Diplomacy Overhaul

The revamp comes as officials debate how to counter Russian and Chinese influence campaigns.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley addresses a session of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva on June 6, 2017. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

In Parting Shot, Nikki Haley Shuns Human Rights Groups at U.N.

She fashioned herself a human rights champion but routinely clashed with potential allies over the Human Rights Council.

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Defense in Washington on May 17. (Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank)

Trump Considers Firing Air Force Chief Over Space Force Pushback

The president appears to be tired of Pentagon officials slow rolling his orders.

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter jet touches down at Gwangju Air Base in South Korea on Dec. 2, 2017. (Senior Airman Colby L. Hardin/U.S. Air Force/Getty)

Pentagon Accuses China of Dumping Products to Undermine U.S. Security

Study calls out Beijing for using underhanded trade practices that hurt the U.S. defense industry.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses outside U.N. General Assembly in New York City on Sept. 25. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

Trump Stealthily Seeks to Choke Off Funding to U.N. Programs

Leaked emails and behind-the-scenes battles show how the administration, after failing to slash congressional aid, used bureaucratic levers to stifle money flows.

(Alastair Grant/AFP/Getty Images; Foreign Policy illustration)

White and Male: Trump’s Ambassadors Don’t Look Like the Rest of America

The diversity problem predates this administration, but some State Department officials fear it’s getting worse.

Two U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress bombers fly over the Pacific Ocean during a routine training mission on Aug. 2. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gerald R. Willis)

U.S. Air Force Seeks Largest Expansion Since Cold War

The increase reflects a shift in focus away from counterterrorism and toward possible conflict with China or Russia.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) listens to testimony during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Dec. 6, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The War Over War Powers Heats Up in Congress

A top Middle East diplomat’s confirmation has been blocked in the Senate as new Syria strikes loom.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers remarks during a welcome ceremony in the lobby of the State Department in Washington on May 1.  (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Federal Watchdogs Target Bullying, Retaliation at State Department

Mari Stull, a wine blogger-turned-Trump appointee, is the subject of two investigations into allegations of reprisals and bullying at the State Department.

Israeli soldiers near the Syrian border in the Israel-occupied Golan Heights on May 10. (Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

Inside Israel’s Secret Program to Back Syrian Rebels

Fighters were armed and paid to keep Iranian-linked forces away from Israel’s border.

Farmworker Mogoala Justice Ratalele stands near his boss, farmer Hans Bergmann, after being held at gunpoint during a theft, in Tzaneen, South Africa, on Nov. 2, 2017. (Gulshan Khan/AFP/Getty Images)

In Tacit Rebuke, U.S. Embassy in South Africa Rejects Trump Tweet

Internal cable cites report that farm murders in South Africa are at their lowest level in 19 years.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in Washington on July 25. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Pompeo Ignores Plea From Diplomats With Children With Special Needs

Families say the State Department continues to curb benefits mandated by law.

White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner speaks at opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on May 14. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

Trump Administration Seeks to Withhold Millions in Aid to Palestinians

Kushner hopes cuts will pressure Palestinians to accept a U.S. peace plan.

Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui attends a meeting with his Algerian and Egyptian counterparts to discuss the Libyan conflict in Tunis on Dec. 17, 2017. (Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images)

Libya an Obstacle on Tunisia’s Path to Stability

In an interview, Tunisian foreign minister says Western-led action in Libya in 2011 was reckless.

White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner stands with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley at a U.N. Security Council meeting on Middle East issues on Feb. 20. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Trump and Allies Seek End to Refugee Status for Millions of Palestinians

In internal emails, Jared Kushner advocated a “sincere effort to disrupt” the U.N.’s relief agency for Palestinians.

U.S. President Donald Trump discuss immigration issues during a meeting with Republican members of Congress and cabinet members at the White House on June 20. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Refugee Skeptic to Assume Key Role on Migration Issues at State Department

The shift is part of the Trump administration’s broader campaign to crack down on refugees and immigration.

A U.S. Air Force B-1 Lancer takes off at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. (Tech Sgt Richard P. Ebensberger/U.S. Air Force)

U.S. Bomber Crews Flying With Broken Ejection Seats

A number of B-1 seats could still malfunction after a dangerous May mishap.

Two Dutch passports lie in a field among luggage, personal belongings and wreckage from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on Jul. 22, 2014, in Grabovo, Ukraine. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images.)

State Department Silent on MH17 Anniversary Following Trump-Putin Firestorm

The department prepared to criticize Russia’s role in the 2014 downing of a civilian airliner over Ukraine, but the statement was never released.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and U.S. President Donald Trump at U.N. headquarters in New York, on Sept. 18, 2017. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

White House Wants to Know Political Leanings of Job Applicants at the U.N.

New questionnaire asks about public statements, support for politicians.

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