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Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly

Navy Brass Felt Blindsided by Fired Carrier Captain’s Emailed Appeal

The commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt had two direct calls with top Navy aides before his warning about the dire situation on board leaked publicly.

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.

The U.S. Department of State

Trump Loyalist Appointed to Oversee Relations With U.N., World Health Organization

The appointment of White House aide Sean Doocey could douse hopes of change for a battered and bruised State Department bureau.

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.

U.S. soldiers reinforce the U.S.-Mexico border fence

Trump to Raid Pentagon’s War Account to Build Border Wall

The White House plans to divert $3.8 billion from across the Department of Defense to build Trump’s long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The U.S. State Department

State Stonewalls Congress on Embassy Oversight

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

The Pentagon logo and an American flag are lit up in the briefing room of the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, on Jan. 3, 2002.

Visitors From Virus-Hit Chinese Province Almost Toured the Pentagon

The department canceled the tour at the last minute due to concerns about the coronavirus epidemic.

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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.

U.S. Air Force Rockwell B-1 Lancer

Legacy U.S. Air Force Fighters, Bombers Are on the Chopping Block

The Pentagon will propose retiring many of its older aircraft as new capabilities come online, but the cuts aren’t as steep as initially planned.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Belarus's President Alexander Lukashenko

Trump Administration Expected to Appoint First Ambassador to Belarus in Over a Decade

The veteran diplomat Julie Fisher is likely to be given the task of strengthening ties with a nation still dominated by Russia.

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.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Trump Administration Blocks Iran’s Top Diplomat From Addressing the U.N. Security Council

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had sought to give a speech condemning the U.S. assassination of Qassem Suleimani.

U.N. forces in Mali.

U.S. to Ramp Up Counterterrorism Efforts in Sahel Region

Despite years of U.S. and international efforts to fight terrorism in the area, extremist groups are gaining ground.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey Pitches Plan to Settle 1 Million Refugees in Northern Syria 

Questions arise as to whether Erdogan’s $26 billion megaproject is intended to clear his border of Kurds.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Baghdad, Iraq.

State Department Outlines Dramatic Scale-Down of U.S. Presence in Iraq

Critics say the move will open the door to increased Iranian influence and worsen Iraq’s slide into chaos.

Somalis wait at a food distribution center outside Mogadishu.

U.S. Bureaucratic Blunder Could Cost Somalia Desperately Needed Debt Relief

U.S. ambassador considers resigning over the issue, which could harm U.S. anti-terrorism mission and aid programs there, officials say.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the Joint Security Area of the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas on June 30.

Desperate to Save Diplomacy, White House Blocks U.N. Meeting on North Korean Atrocities

As tensions rise between Washington and Pyongyang, Trump tries to avert a complete breakdown in relations.

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