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.
In Overflowing Syrian Refugee Camps, Extremism Takes Root
The U.S. withdrawal could leave tens of thousands vulnerable to Islamic State indoctrination.
U.S. Balked at Sanctions on Sudan
The Trump administration feared that taking action against the junta for killing protesters might upend peace talks.
Alarmed by Venezuela, U.S. Military Seeks to Sell Arms to Colombia
The Air Force wants a key regional ally to get new F-16 fighter jets to deter threats from Caracas.
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.
Britain, France Agree to Send Additional Troops to Syria
The two U.S. allies have agreed to a marginal increase to help backfill the U.S. withdrawal.
Trump’s Fighter Jet Sale to Taiwan Advances Despite China’s Protests
The news comes as Washington and Beijing agree to resume trade talks.
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?
How a U.N. Bid to Prevent Sexual Violence Turned Into a Spat Over Abortion
In an internal document, Trump officials threatened to reject an anti-rape measure over language on sexual and reproductive health.
Lawmakers Warn Egyptian Leader Over Human Rights Abuses
A bipartisan group of lawmakers sent a letter directly to Sisi that appeared to suggest security assistance could be in jeopardy.
Bolton Builds Anti-China Campaign at the U.N.
The U.S. national security advisor, who has largely ignored the United Nations, is suddenly concerned that Beijing has too much influence there.
At the U.N., America Turns Back the Clock on Women’s Rights
Internal documents show how the U.S. works to stymie progress on women’s health, cultural issues, and climate change.
U.S. Cancels Journalist’s Award Over Her Criticism of Trump
Jessikka Aro was to receive a “Women of Courage” prize. Then officials read her Twitter feed.
Haley Tried to Block Appointment of Chinese Diplomat to Key U.N. Post. He Got the Job Anyway.
As the United States pulls back from the world body, experts say it is ceding influence to China.