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Taiwan's chemical corps personnel stand in formation during a demonstration as Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen inspects troops in Tainan, southern Taiwan, on January 15, 2021.

With Trump Gone, Taiwan Seeks Assurances From Biden Administration

But Biden and his team are likely to resist using Taiwan as a cudgel against China the way Trump did.

A man watches a television screen showing news footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attending the 8th Congress of the ruling Workers' Party, held in Pyongyang, at a railway station in Seoul on Jan. 6.

North Korea’s New Sub Missile Is First Step Toward a New ICBM

Parading a new submarine-launched missile made a big buzz in North Korea. The real buzz is what it could mean for Pyongyang’s nuclear deterrent.

People wearing protective face masks hold banners during a protest against draft laws used to threaten abortion-rights protesters in Warsaw, Poland, on Jan. 20.

Trump’s Legacy Is a Global Alliance Against Women’s Rights

U.S. conservatives have forged dangerous ties on abortion with reactionaries abroad.

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th U.S. president at the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 20.  Saul Loeb/REUTERS

President Biden Pledges a Fresh Start for America

With Trump gone, Biden talks up the need for unity and renewal after four years of bitter division.

Nominee for Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines

Capitol Assault Dominates Hearing for Biden’s Spy Chief

Avril Haines vowed to keep politics out of intelligence.

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on a stage in Delaware.

What to Expect in Biden’s First 100 Days in Foreign Policy

From climate change to China to ending the forever wars, here are 10 of the biggest challenges facing the Biden foreign-policy team as it takes office.

A protester is seen in demonstrations denouncing China's treatment of its ethnic Uighur population.

Pompeo Declares China’s Crackdown on Uighurs ‘Genocide’

The Trump administration’s final parting shot at Beijing poses a diplomatic challenge for Biden on his first day in office.

U.S. President Donald Trump

Trump Mounts Last-Minute Attempt to Starve Funding for Foreign Aid, Global Vaccine Efforts

But congressional sources say it’s highly unlikely lawmakers will cut billions of dollars of already appropriated funding.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walks to House chambers as Congress considers impeachment against Trump.

Trump Impeached—Again

The U.S. president was impeached on charges of “incitement of insurrection” in a vote that laid bare deep divisions within the Republican Party over its post-Trump future.

A plume of smoke rises over Khost city moments after a car bomb detonated at the gates of an Afghan National Security Forces base on Oct. 27, 2020, leading to an eight-hour battle between Afghan forces and unknown attackers part of a spate of violence in the region near Camp Chapman.

Another Base Attack in Afghanistan Hushed Up to Hurry U.S. Exit

Camp Chapman, once the scene of the CIA’s second-deadliest day, was hit again in December—but never reported.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walks to House chambers as Congress considers impeachment against Trump.

Trump Impeached—Again

The U.S. president was impeached on charges of “incitement of insurrection” in a vote that laid bare deep divisions within the Republican Party over its post-Trump future.

United States Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power speaks during a United Nations Security Council emergency meeting on the situation in Syria, at the United Nations September 25, 2016 in New York. 
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Biden Names Former U.N. Envoy to Head USAID, Beefs Up Asia Staff

Samantha Power, a former U.S. ambassador to the U.N., will seek to revive a troubled agency, while Obama-era veterans Kurt Campbell and Ely Ratner get top Asia jobs.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Donald Trump speak at the White House.

Trump Team Makes Last-Minute Moves to Box In Biden on Foreign Policy

On Taiwan, Yemen, and Cuba, the Trump administration is laying political land mines for Biden on its way out the door.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns speaks during an event about economic partnership with China at the State Department in Washington on July 11, 2013.

Biden Taps Career Diplomat William Burns as CIA Director

The final big name for Biden’s national security team signals a break with the CIA’s dark past.

A poster showing six wanted Russian military intelligence officers is displayed at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington on Oct. 19, 2020.

Why The Latest Cyberattack Was Different

The epic SolarWinds hack affecting thousands of government agencies and companies could mark the beginning of the end of the open internet.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Trump’s Inexplicable Crusade to Help Iran Evade Sanctions

The U.S. president never could grasp that shielding Turkey’s Halkbank for Erdogan would make Iranian sanctions evasion easier.

U.S. President Donald Trump watches as former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao speaks at the White House in Washington, DC, on Jan. 9, 2020.

Growing Number of Trump Officials Resign Following Insurrection at Capitol

Wednesday’s assault was not the first time the president has incited violence, but for several administration officials, it was a step too far.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the White House with President Donald Trump.

U.S. Diplomats Draft Dissent Cable

State Department officials expressed anger at the department’s gag order on messaging as violence wracked Washington.

A cleaning crew vacuums the floor of a hallway at the U.S. Capitol January 7, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Trump Promises “Orderly” Transition

Without mentioning Biden by name, Trump acknowledged a “new administration” will take power on Jan. 20.

Rep. Gregory Meeks in 2017

New House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Vows Pompeo Investigations Will Continue

Rep. Gregory Meeks, who took the gavel this week, also urged the State Department to reverse its decision to close the last two U.S. consulates in Russia.

A fighter in Yemen walks past a burning oil tanker.

In Yemen, No End in Sight to the World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis

Five articles from the past year that explain how the quagmire in Yemen sparked fierce political battles in Washington as millions teeter on the brink of starvation.

Members of the Guerrero Community Police

Legalization Advocates Hope to End Mexico’s Drug War

Threats, violence, and clampdowns have failed. Can decriminalization work?

A U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone, the type of drone that could be sold to the United Arab Emirates, is seen at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico on April 25, 2013.

Senate Effort to Stop Trump Arms Sales to UAE Fails

But the vote laid down a marker for the incoming Biden administration on Democrats’ opposition to Middle Eastern arms sales and U.S. involvement in the conflict in Yemen.

The U.S. Embassy in Havana in 2015.

U.S. Diplomats and Spies Likely Targeted by Radio Frequency Energy, Long-Withheld Report Determines

A scientific study that was long kept under wraps by the State Department finally provides some—though not all—of the answers to mysterious health problems of American officials.

Rep. Gregory Meeks speaks during a press conference in Havana, Cuba.

Meeks Makes History as First Black Lawmaker to Chair House Foreign Affairs Committee

The New York congressman fended off a progressive challenge in an unusually public race.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speaks at an event in Las Vegas.

Kamala Harris Taps Ex-Diplomat to Be Her National Security Advisor

Nancy McEldowney is one of several former senior foreign service officers expected to join the senior ranks of the new U.S. administration.

House Foreign Affairs Committee member Joaquin Castro speaks at a hearing.

Showdown in House Foreign Affairs Chair Race Reflects Rifts in Democratic Party

The battle between centrists and progressives over U.S. foreign policy that is dogging Biden’s transition is also playing out in a crucial committee.

International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

Biden Likely to Lift Sanctions on ICC Chief Prosecutor

But it’s unlikely the next U.S. administration will be able to fully embrace the International Criminal Court as the shadow of American prosecutions still lingers.

Then-US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) gestures next to Then-US Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Linda Thomas-Greenfield before their bilateral talks with Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (not pictured) at the State House in Nairobi on August 22, 2016.

In Break From Trump, Biden Opts for Experience, Expertise for Top National Security Jobs

The U.S. president-elect laid out most of his national security team even as more Republicans abandoned Trump and his legal battles over the election results.

Donald Trump delivers a speech on foreign policy.

Team Biden Urged to Keep Trump’s Afghan Envoy

Biden’s foreign-policy team is weighing the merits of letting Zalmay Khalilzad keep his job or letting him go.

United Nations Special Envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen puts on his face mask

U.N. Peacemaking in the Age of Plague

United Nations diplomats and civil servants fear peace efforts in Geneva may aid the spread of the coronavirus.

U.S. President Donald Trump

More Top Pentagon Officials Out After Trump Sacks Esper

“It’s embarrassing for the United States,” a former senior intelligence officer who served under Trump said of the recent spate of firings.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden attend the Democratic presidential primary debate at the Charleston Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina, on Feb. 25.

If Biden Wins, Progressives Are Getting Their Wish List Ready

Internecine tensions within the Democratic Party have been tamped down to defeat Trump—but that truce could be over Wednesday.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock speaks at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa, on Nov. 1, 2019.

Montana’s Most Pressing Electoral Issue Is Suddenly China

Both parties are flinging mud, and Asian Americans stand to suffer.

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