Senior Democratic Senator Demands Answers on Pompeo Call Clampdown
Menendez accuses Trump administration of obscuring communications with foreign leaders in wake of impeachment inquiry.
With State Department Under Fire, Lawmakers Form a Diplomacy Caucus
The bipartisan House move seeks to bolster support for U.S. diplomats as Ukraine impeachment inquiry puts heat on the foreign service.
Diplomats Who Testified in Impeachment Inquiry Get Lifeline Through Legal Fund
Donors across the United States have provided more than a quarter of a million dollars so far.
With an Eye Toward China, Pentagon Weighs Slashing Global Hawk Drone
The surveillance aircraft on the chopping block is a variant of the type that Iran shot down this summer.
Trump Asks Tokyo to Quadruple Payments for U.S. Troops in Japan
The move is part of the administration’s campaign to get U.S. allies to pay more for defense. South Korea is also being asked to pony up.
Officials Vent Impeachment, Transparency Frustrations at State Department Forum
Career diplomats question leadership over the lack of openness and failure to defend colleagues.
Lawmakers Demand Answers on Alleged War Crimes by Turkish-Backed Forces in Syria
Senators are also questioning the State Department on whether U.S.-origin defense equipment sold to Turkey was used in such incidents.
Senior State Official Accused of Mismanagement to Step Down
Kevin Moley, the top U.S. diplomat overseeing international organizations affairs, will retire next month.
Turkish Proxies Appear to Be Using White Phosphorus in Syria
Photos of children show horrific burns caused by what looks like white phosphorus.
Rights Groups Miss Out on Millions in Foreign Aid Due to U.S. Spending Restrictions
Congress won’t let Trump gut foreign assistance. So the administration made it harder to disburse funds, leaving aid programs in China, Iraq, and elsewhere in the lurch.
Despite Syria ‘Safe Zone,’ Kurdish Leader Fears Threat from Turkey
Troops’ movement on the border has Kurds worried about a Turkish assault.
Hollowed-Out Pentagon Begins to Staff Up
Defense Secretary Mark Esper is pushing to get key officials confirmed, but significant gaps remain.
Senior Officials Concede Loss of U.S. Clout as Trump Prepares For U.N. Summit
State Department meeting highlights internal alarm at China’s growing influence in international organizations.
State Department Failed to Shield Its Diplomats From Political Reprisals, Officials Concede
But the department’s top leaders say they can’t sack the Trump appointee at the center of scandal.
U.S. Plans to Jump Back Into the Balkans With New Envoy
Two decades after brokering peace in the former Yugoslavia, Washington plans to try to restart talks between Serbia and Kosovo.
The World Bank Was Warned About Funding Repression in Xinjiang
A school supported by the $50 million loan purchased barbed wire, gas launchers, and body armor.
Trump’s National Security Advisor to Visit Belarus
The highest-level trip this century will likely anger the Kremlin, even as the U.S. president tries to bring Russia back into the G-7.
As China Cracks Down on Uighurs, a Uighur American Joins the White House
Trump’s new China hand could be a sticking point in talks with Beijing.
The Mystery Man in the Senate Russia Report
New details suggest Moscow’s interference in the U.S. election may have been more extensive than thought, experts say.
Lawmakers Redouble Push to Stop Trump From Going to War With Iran
The U.S. president’s maximum pressure campaign on Iran is creating strange bedfellows in Congress.
U.S. Senate Targets Saudi Nuclear Technology
The bipartisan bill follows the revelation that a longtime Trump advisor was pushing for lucrative nuclear deals with Riyadh.
Pompeo Seeks to Make Baghdad Embassy Pullout Permanent, Officials Say
The abrupt evacuation in May left hundreds of diplomats in limbo and too few in Iraq to handle Iran’s influence and other pressing issues, according to State Department sources.
Xinjiang Visit by U.N. Counterterrorism Official Provokes Outcry
Rights activists say upcoming trip by U.N. diplomat could reinforce Beijing’s line that Uighur activists are terrorists.
Accused of Inaction, Trump Team Set to Appoint Sudan Advisor
Former U.S. diplomat Donald Booth expected to address the bloody impasse between military and protesters as U.N. officials warn of spiraling violence.
U.S. Quietly Waters Down Another Communique on Gender Equality
This time it’s a G-7 joint statement ahead of a meeting of national leaders in August.
More Democrats Accuse Trump of Inflating Iran Intelligence
A new congressional letter raises fears of stumbling into war.
U.S. Senate Threatens Sanctions Over Russian Pipeline
Washington and Berlin face off again over Nord Stream 2 as European ships are targeted.
The Alleged War Criminal in the U.N.’s Midst
Twenty-five years after the Rwandan genocide, will the U.N. at last pursue one of its own former officials?