John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, waves as he leaves Trump Tower in New York on Dec. 2, 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Trump Taps Uber-Hawk Bolton as National Security Advisor

From “Bomb, Bomb Iran” to a preemptive strike on North Korea, the former Bush official promises a much more belligerent foreign policy.

Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gives a farewell address to State Department staff in Washington on March 22. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Tillerson Decries ‘Mean-Spirited’ D.C. in Farewell Address

Tillerson gave a four-minute farewell speech to State Department employees. His legacy will last much longer.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang speaks at a press conference of the 13th National People's Congress on March 20. (Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images.)

Is Trump’s Get-Tough Approach With China Working?

Ahead of sweeping tariffs on China, Beijing is sending very mixed messages.

Steve Bannon, former White House chief strategist, speaks during a discussion on countering violent extremism in Washington on Oct. 23, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Fear of a Coup at Broadcasting Board of Governors

Employees fear the Breitbartization of U.S.-government funded international media outlets

Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hand with Czech President Milos Zeman in Prague on March 29, 2016. (Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images)

Prague Opened the Door to Chinese Influence. Now It May Need to Change Course.

The fall of a shadowy Chinese oil magnate may bring a reckoning to cozy Czech-Chinese relations.

U.S. President Donald Trump chats with Russian President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting on Nov. 11, 2017. (Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Finally Rolls Out Some (Limited) Russia Sanctions

The Treasury Department sanctioned Russian intelligence agencies and officials — again. But lawmakers and experts wonder when the real response will come.

A decades-old edifice being demolished to make way for a Trump project, Chicago, Jan. 3, 2005. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Trump Opened ‘Pandora’s Box’ With Tariffs

There’s a reason countries have been loath to use the national security excuse to slap tariffs on imports: It’s a recipe for disaster.

Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel speaks at the OSS Society's annual William J. Donovan Dinner in 2017. YouTube/The OSS Society

A Torturer to Critics, a Consummate Professional to Colleagues

Trump's CIA pick could break the agency's glass ceiling — if she can answer tough questions on interrogation methods.

Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson making a statement on his departure at the State Department in Washington, D.C. on March 13. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Tillerson’s Exit Could Doom the Iran Nuclear Deal

The accord's survival was already tenuous. But after Trump's Cabinet shakeup, it's likely to end.

President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wait for a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Washington on June 30, 2017.  (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Tillerson Out, Mike Pompeo to State

Rex Tillerson seemed to be a dead man walking for months. Now the former ExxonMobil boss is out as America’s top diplomat.

Then-North Korean leader Kim Jong Il meets then-U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright during her visit to Pyongyang on Oct. 24, 2000.  (Photo credit: Chien-min Chung/AFP/Getty Images)

Decades of U.S. Diplomacy With North Korea: a Timeline

Trump's potential meeting with Kim Jong Un follows decades of mostly failed U.S. talks with the Hermit Kingdom.

President Donald Trump, surrounded by steel and aluminum workers, proclaims new tariffs that many fear will spark a trade war, Mar. 8, 2018. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump Knows the Best Trade Wars. The Very Best.

What better way to boost national security than to tick off all your allies?

The sign of the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 21, 2012 at the United Nations office in Geneva. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

U.N. Sexual Assault Investigations Die in Darkness

Leaked reports reveal the organization's faulty forensics on sexual misconduct — and the culture of impunity they produce.

One of Russia’s new icebreaking LNG tankers that are opening up the Arctic to energy shipments, Jun. 3, 2017. (Olga Maltseva/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin and Xi Are Dreaming of a Polar Silk Road

The Northern Sea Route might not be the next Suez Canal, but it’s at the heart of Moscow and Beijing’s play for the high north.

One of the posters made publicly available by #NotMyPresident organizers.

Chinese Students in America Say ‘Not My President’

Young overseas Chinese make a rare show of dissent against Xi Jinping's power grab.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, shaking hands with South Korean envoy Chung Eui-yong in Pyongyang on March 5. (AFP/KCNA via KNS/Getty Images)

Kim to Trump: Let’s Make a Deal

Washington got just what it wanted from the pressure campaign. Now what?

A man looks at a J-31 Gyrfalcon stealth fighter plane model designed by Aviation Industry Corporation of China at the Beijing International Aviation Expo on Sept. 17, 2015. WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images

Washington Strikes Back Against Chinese Investment

A new bill moving forward on Capitol Hill would expand regulators' ability to block Chinese acquisitions — and U.S. ventures abroad.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with steel executives at the White House, where he announced new tariffs, Mar. 1, 2018. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Here Comes Trump’s Trade War

Amid White House turmoil, the president unfurls the "America First" flag, and sees immediate blowback.

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin shows satellite photos of illicit North Korean shipping activity, Feb. 23, 2018. (Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images)

Busting North Korea’s Sanctions-Evading Fleet

Washington aims to chase Pyongyang's illicit traders from the seas. It may be too late to matter.

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