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Biden announces his foreign-policy and national security team.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump and then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis

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.

Heavily armed Ethiopian soldiers deployed in Somalia as part of the African Union peacekeeping mission patrol in Beledweyne, Somalia, on December 14, 2019. (Photo by Luis Tato/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

Martin Griffiths (center), the United Nations special envoy for Yemen

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.

Supporters of Yemen's Houthi rebels

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.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and other Trump administration officials sit down with Chinese vice ministers and senior officials for trade negotiations at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington on Jan. 30, 2019.

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 General Assembly Hall of the United Nations

The U.N. Protest Gag Order Lives On

One staffer has accused the United Nations Development Program of muzzling efforts to protest racism.

Top U.N. officials visit a refugee settlement in Kenya

The U.N. Has a Diversity Problem

Westerners are overrepresented in senior positions across the world body.

Donald Trump attends a worship service in Las Vegas.

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.”

People pass a Huawei logo at a trade fair in Berlin

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.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives to brief House members on Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the murder of Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on December 13, 2018.

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.

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani and US President Donald Trump shake hands before a meeting at the Palace Hotel during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly on September 21, 2017 in New York City.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump walks into the White House.

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. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak at a diplomatic summit.

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.

Dockers unload U.S. humanitarian aid in Sudan

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.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron.

Trump Under Pressure From Democrats to Drop Diplomat Nominee Over Racist Remarks

The retired colonel called refugees fleeing Middle East violence “unwanted Muslim invaders.”

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

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.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies in Congress.

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.

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Iowa.

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.

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres speaks in New York.

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.

The construction of an Ethiopian dam on the Nile river is seen.

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.

Riot police detain a woman at a rally in Hong Kong.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at the White House

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.

State Department official George Kent testifying on Capitol Hill.

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.

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