Biden Eyes Humanitarian Experts to Lead U.S. Agency for International Development
The next USAID chief will grapple with a pandemic, galloping food insecurity, and allegations of chronic mismanagement under Trump.
Pentagon Purges Leading Advisors From Defense Policy Board
It’s unclear why the Trump administration waited until its final months to shake up the influential group of outside experts advising top Pentagon leaders.
U.N. Fears Ethiopia Purging Ethnic Tigrayan Officers From Its Peacekeeping Missions
An internal United Nations document shows concern those troops could face torture or execution.
U.N. Pulling Americans From Northern Yemen Ahead of Houthi Terrorist Designation
The Trump administration’s parting gift to Saudi Arabia has made it necessary to evacuate at-risk aid workers from the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
Trump Administration Plans to Designate Yemen’s Houthis as Terrorists
The move, opposed by the humanitarian community, is part of the administration’s pressure campaign on Iran—and could hamstring Biden.
Wilbur Ross Remained on Chinese Joint Venture Board While Running U.S.-China Trade War
Chinese documents show that the U.S. commerce secretary did not successfully step down from all his corporate commitments.
The U.N. Protest Gag Order Lives On
One staffer has accused the United Nations Development Program of muzzling efforts to protest racism.
The U.N. Has a Diversity Problem
Westerners are overrepresented in senior positions across the world body.
Trump Officials Seek to Push Social Conservative Values in International Agreements
The U.S. administration exports anti-abortion policies abroad and strips international agreements of references to “sexual orientation” and “gender identities.”
The Huawei Ban Could Crush U.S. Overseas Aid Efforts
A new law meant to keep Chinese telecoms out of American networks threatens to make life impossible for diplomats, aid workers, and the military across much of Africa and Asia.
Congress Pressures Trump Administration to Restore Aid to Yemen
Lawmakers warn the administration’s aid cuts will exacerbate the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, even as State Department officials worry about being on the hook for war crimes.
Public Support Surges for Trump-Backed Afghan Peace Plan
Nearly two-thirds of Trump and Biden supporters said they “strongly” or “somewhat” support the peace deal that would get U.S. forces out of Afghanistan next year.
Trump Extends Arab Push to Normalize Ties With Israel
With Bahrain also recognizing Israel, Washington hopes for a new era of Arab rapprochement with Israel—but that may prove more elusive.
Trump Administration Orders U.S. Diplomats to Curtail Contact With WHO
While Trump burns bridges with the World Health Organization, U.S. officials strain to preserve American influence in an institution that is critical to global health challenges.
U.S. Envoy Says Former Officials’ Call for Russia Rethink Is ‘Shameful’
James Gilmore, Trump’s ambassador to the OSCE, said he was “embarrassed” by calls from experts—including some of his former colleagues—to normalize ties with Russia.
Trump Appointee Takes ‘Slash and Burn’ Approach to Key USAID Bureau
Peter Marocco, after tumultuous tours at Pentagon and State, is stopping the agency’s newest division in its tracks, critics claim.
Trump Under Pressure From Democrats to Drop Diplomat Nominee Over Racist Remarks
The retired colonel called refugees fleeing Middle East violence “unwanted Muslim invaders.”
U.S. Halts Some Foreign Assistance Funding to Ethiopia Over Dam Dispute with Egypt, Sudan
Some U.S. officials fear the move will harm Washington’s relationship with Addis Ababa.
State Department Cancels Hill Briefings as Tensions Escalate Between Pompeo and Lawmakers
A congressional investigation into the firing of the department’s inspector general has caused friction between the secretary of state and members of Congress.
Inside the Massive Foreign-Policy Team Advising Biden’s Campaign
If Joe Biden wins, here are some of the top foreign-policy experts who could be tapped for senior and midlevel jobs in the administration.
Big-Power Rivalries Hamstring Top U.N. Missions
Big and small powers increasingly handpick U.N. special representatives, testing the authority and independence of the U.N. secretary-general.
Trump Mulls Withholding Aid to Ethiopia Over Controversial Dam
The massive Ethiopian dam is a flash point for tensions in Africa—and is now sowing confusion and discord within the U.S. government, with many officials concerned Washington is too much in Egypt’s corner.
Former U.S. Officials Urge Refugee Status for Hong Kongers
Pressure mounts for Congress to pass safe-harbor legislation to let Hong Kongers escape China’s newest police state.
White House Installs Anti-Abortion Loyalist at USAID
Across federal agencies, the Trump administration is seeding the government with ideologues meant to advance hard-line policies.
Trump Promotes Senior Diplomats, Including Star Impeachment Witness
George Kent, promoted to a new rank in the senior foreign service, has avoided the grim fate of other impeachment witnesses.