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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
State Stonewalls Congress on Embassy Oversight
Allegations of mismanagement at the U.S. Embassy in South Africa go unaddressed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.