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.
Pentagon Legislative Chief Calls It Quits
Robert Hood’s departure leaves the U.S. Defense Department at a high-water mark for vacancies under the Trump administration.
Congress Eyes Hearing for Controversial Trump Pentagon Pick
The move comes after the president personally lobbied the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee to confirm Anthony Tata as the Defense Department’s top policy official.
U.S. Sees Russian Push to Consolidate Foothold in Georgia
Russian-backed authorities in Georgia’s separatist regions are continuing to harden border crossings, limiting access for the United States and aid organizations.
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.
Lawmakers Demand to See the Side Deals in Trump’s Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia
Democrats suspect the weapons sales are sending jobs to Saudi Arabia.
White House to Interview Defense Officials in Perceived Loyalty Test
Interviews with political appointees at the Pentagon raise fears of another purge.
U.N. Reverses Ban on Staff Participation in Anti-Racism Protests
The secretary-general changes course on staffers’ participation in demonstrations against police brutality in the United States, citing a U.N. history of fighting discrimination.
Pompeo’s State Department Faces Yet a New Oversight Battle With Capitol Hill
Democrats say the State Department is withholding information on diversity from Congress based on the claim it is “non-publicly available” information.
WHO Becomes Battleground as Trump Chooses Pandemic Confrontation Over Cooperation
Critics say fighting the coronavirus has become secondary as U.S. seeks to hamstring the World Health Organization, turning it into a 2020 election issue along with Chinese trade.
In Latest Post-Impeachment Move, Trump Administration Shifts a Loyalist to the State Department
Political appointee Alexander Alden will take over a role in a bureau caught in the middle of Trump’s impeachment and trial.
How Trump and Putin Weakened U.N. Bid for a Global Cease-Fire
U.S. officials worry that counterterrorism operations will be constrained.
U.N. Backs Down on Partnership With Chinese Firm for 75th Anniversary
The decision comes after U.S. officials and human rights advocates complained that Tencent aids Beijing in surveillance.
After Death of U.S. Citizen, State Department Floats Slashing Egypt Aid
The United States continues sending military aid to Egypt despite its worsening human rights situation. Could the death of a detained American change that?
Amid Pandemic, State Department Halts Incoming Classes of New Diplomats
Health concerns deal another blow to the U.S. foreign service, which is already overstretched following a 2017 hiring freeze.