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.
Pentagon’s Policy Chief Under Fire as Senior Officials Head for the Exits
Current and former officials point to John Rood as a major source of frustration in the U.S. Defense Department policy shop.
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.
Kurdish Commander Calls on Trump to Prevent ‘Ethnic Cleansing’
The SDF’s Gen. Mazloum Abdi wants international observers to stop Turkish-backed forces from displacing the Kurds.
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.
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.
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.