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A US military vehicle patrols the oil fields in the town of Qahtaniyah in Syria's northeastern Hasakeh province near the Turkish border, on May 8.

U.S. Troops Really Are in Syria to Protect the Oil—for the Kurds

It’s the only way to get Trump to keep troops on the ground.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before Congress.

Trump’s Hand-Picked State Department Watchdog Quits Less Than 3 Months Into the Job

The latest high-profile departure underscores the turmoil at Foggy Bottom, and officials fear it will weaken an important watchdog already under fire from top Trump officials.

A general view of the scene of an explosion at the port of Lebanon's capital of Beirut.

Thousands Injured in Giant Beirut Blast

Lebanon’s government says “highly explosive materials” were stored near blast scene.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Trump Looks to Arms Sales to Deepen Ties With India

Border clashes with China have reawakened New Delhi’s interest in deeper defense ties with the United States, and Washington is hoping to deliver the goods.

U.S. President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping

U.S. Slaps Sanctions on Xinjiang’s Vast Paramilitary Settler Corps

Beijing is likely to react strongly to the first targeting of high-level officials and a government body.

A man walks through the U.S. Capitol Rotunda

The U.S. Is a Haven for Money Laundering. That Might Be About to Change.

Tucked into the sprawling defense authorization bill are measures to create a corporate ownership registry, which would plug one of America’s glaring gaps.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping

When It Comes to China, Americans Think Like Trump

Recent data suggests that most voters share the White House’s hawkish approach to China.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with his cabinet in the East Room of the White House on May 19 in Washington, DC.

Democrats See Senate Republicans Vulnerable Due to Trump’s Russia Problem

Trump’s continued reluctance to criticize Moscow over bounties has given Democratic contenders a fresh opening to attack lawmakers loyal to the White House.

U.S. President Donald Trump

Trump Undercuts Pentagon Over Germany Troop Withdrawal

U.S. defense officials, who said the move had nothing to do with German military spending, still appeared to be figuring out key details about the redeployment.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin

Congress Pushes for Sanctions on Turkey, Russia Over Libyan War

Putin and Erdogan “act when there’s a stick involved,” a House aide said.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Democrats Make Last-Ditch Effort to Kill a Trump Pentagon Nomination

Senators told Trump’s pick to lead the Defense Department’s policy shop that his views are “wholly incompatible with the U.S. military’s values.”

The Chinese Consulate in Houston

Was China’s Houston Consulate Trying to Steal the Coronavirus Vaccine?

China’s efforts to use the Houston consulate to steal science and technology secrets were “particularly aggressive and particularly successful,” Trump administration indicates.

U.S. President Donald Trump in Beijing

Trump Wants China on Board With New Arms Control Pact

Obama’s New START arms treaty limited Russian and American nukes. Now, U.S. officials want to rope in Beijing.

A child sits on a couch found in a street, ravaged by pro-regime forces air strikes, in the town of Ariha in the southern countryside of the Idlib province on April 11, 2020. (AAREF WATAD/AFP via Getty Images)

Russia’s Shadowy Mercenaries Offer Humanitarian Aid to Clean Image

The Wagner Group, busy sowing chaos from Syria to Libya, is trying to score PR points. But the United States is increasingly pushing back.

U.S. President Donald Trump visits China.

U.S. Closes Chinese Consulate in Houston Amid Surge in Chinese Espionage Cases

It’s the latest escalation in an increasingly tense bilateral relationship.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the State Department.

Pompeo’s Attack on ‘1619 Project’ Draws Fire From His Own Diplomats

The secretary of state’s latest foray into the “culture war” has sparked anger and backlash among U.S. diplomats of color.

Former warlord and then-vice presidential candidate Abdul Rashid Dostum

Afghan Warlord’s Promotion Highlights the Bankruptcy of America’s Longest War

President Ashraf Ghani promoted a notorious warlord as marshal to seal his power-sharing deal. Afghan promises are turning to dust.

Hong Kongers Protest Chinese National Security Law

U.S. Preparing to Suspend Extradition Treaty With Hong Kong

The looming decision, following China’s imposition of a new security law for the former colony, could be a prelude to even tougher U.S. actions against Beijing.

A demonstrator holds a banner referring to the QAnon conspiracy theory during an alt-right rally in Portland, Oregon, on Aug. 17, 2019.

QAnon’s Madness Is Turning Canadians Into Potential Assassins

The sprawling conspiracy theory has mutated across borders.

Syrians walk near a humanitarian convoy in Douma, Syria.

Russia, With an Eye on the Syrian Prize, Blocks Humanitarian Aid

A Russian-Chinese veto threatens lifesaving aid to starving Syrians—but Moscow doesn’t care what anyone thinks anymore.

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, former National Security Council official, arrives to testify at the impeachment investigation on President Trump.

‘Campaign of Bullying’ Prompts Key Trump Impeachment Witness to Quit Army

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who testified on Trump’s withholding of aid to Ukraine, faced a White House block to further promotion.

A man in Wuhan, China

China’s Second Wave of Coronavirus Censorship Is Here

After a brief period of praising whistleblowers, Beijing is targeting medical staff and COVID-19 victims again.

The Syrian city of Idlib in March after the coroanvirus outbreak.

In Syria, a Grim Trade-Off Between Tackling Pandemic and Famine

The pandemic-fueled food shortage in Syria suggests the worst is yet to come in other conflict-riven countries around the world.

A participant in a University of Oxford coronavirus vaccine trial is injected

‘America First’ vs. ‘The People’s Vaccine’ 

The rise of “vaccine nationalism” threatens to leave poor countries out in the cold. 

Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks alongside President Donald Trump at the White House.

White House Directed Hiring of Conspiracy Theorist Over Pentagon Objections

The White House wants fired National Security Council aide Rich Higgins hired for a senior Defense position.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the United Nations in 2019.

World Rebukes U.S. Over Iran

With Trump’s re-election prospects up in the air, a heated U.N. meeting on Iran shows world powers' fading fear of confronting the United States.

A lab technician works in Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Nov. 3, 2014.

How Canadian Bureaucracy Botched a Critical Ebola Treatment

A Chinese Canadian researcher’s breakthrough could have saved thousands of lives.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Kelly Craft speaks at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Trump Administration Unveils Security Council Resolution Extending Iran Arms Embargo

But the draft has little support among major powers at the U.N., reflecting Washington’s isolation on its Iran policy.

Two members of the National Guard walk past at the World War II Memorial as protests against police brutality and racism take place

It’s Not Just Trump. The World Worries America Is Broken.

Protests against police brutality and systemic racism highlight what is seen as the United States’ accelerated decline.

Former national security officials are ditching their jobs in the Beltway to run for Congress.

Anguished by America’s Decline, More Foreign-Policy Wonks Run for Office

More national security experts are running for Congress in 2020 than in most past elections.

Then-National Security Adviser John Bolton listens to President Donald Trump speak at the White House.

Beyond Ukraine Scandal, Bolton Says Trump Sought China’s Help for Reelection

The incident that led to the president’s impeachment was only part of a larger pattern, former national security advisor writes.

Former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan awaits a hearing in a Moscow court.

Family of American Jailed in Russia Vows to Keep Fighting

Long sentence for alleged espionage is a “gut punch” but opens door to negotiations.

Senior Trump administration officials brief the press on the International Criminal Court.

Trump Order Treats International Prosecutors Like War Criminals

A new executive order would impose sanctions and travel restrictions on staff of the International Criminal Court.

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