Kurds Lose Again as Russia Brokers New Deal
Fighting continues as Russian and Turkish troops gear up to take control of a significant chunk of formerly Kurdish-held territory.
U.S. Plan to Guard Syrian Oil Fields Sows Confusion
Officials and experts say the proposal may be a way to sell Trump on keeping a residual force in Syria.
Fighting Continues in Syria Despite Cease-Fire Agreement
The tentative agreement negotiated by the United States was seen as a major victory for Ankara.
Trump’s Next Envoy to Russia Has a Mountain to Climb
First John Sullivan must get through Congress, which wants to question him about Ukraine. Then he must deal with a hostile Moscow.
Turkey Advances on Kobani in Latest Broken Promise
Erdogan told Trump he would not attack the symbolically important Kurdish-held town in northern Syria.
Kurdish Fighters Mount Counterattack Using Network of Tunnels
The Syrian Democratic Forces have recaptured some territory from Turkish-backed forces.
Trump’s Weak Sanctions May Only Help Erdogan
Despite his vow to “destroy” Turkey’s economy, the U.S. president could help its leader escape the wrath of Congress.
Turkish-Backed Forces Are Freeing Islamic State Prisoners
Ankara’s radical proxies are also apparently executing Kurdish prisoners and killing unarmed civilians, videos show.
Pompeo’s State Department Reels as Impeachment Inquiry Sinks Morale
As the investigation grows, so, too, does the foreign service officers’ legal defense fund.
Trade War Pause Leaves Few Happy
Mini-deal between the United States and China brings relief to farmers but offers no long-term solutions.
Pentagon Chief: ‘We Are Not Abandoning the Kurds’
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper defended the decision to withdraw troops from the Turkey-Syria border even while sending additional forces to Saudi Arabia.
Zelensky Flounders in Bid to End Ukraine’s War
Pushing a controversial peace agreement, the new president faces blowback in Kyiv that he may not be able to overcome.
Senate Democrats Urge More Probes Into Unfolding Impeachment Saga
Democrats on the Foreign Relations Committee urge Republican leadership to investigate the Ukraine affair that triggered the House impeachment inquiry.
‘Some of the Most Noble People I’d Ever Met’
U.S. military officers who fought in Syria say they are devastated and ashamed by Trump’s decision to abandon Kurdish-led forces.
An Angry Congress Prepares to Rebuke Trump Over Kurds
Lawmakers expect to get a veto-proof majority backing sanctions against Turkey.
Turkey’s Syria Assault Halts the Fight Against ISIS
The Trump administration’s abrupt decision to pull out of Syria has, as expected, led to a pause in the fight against the Islamic State.
The Trade War Is Only Getting Worse
Any expectations that high-level U.S.-China talks this week could produce a grand bargain on trade have all but evaporated.
Bipartisan Senate Report Undercuts Trump’s Account of 2016 Meddling
Both Republicans and Democrats affirm that Russia, not Ukraine, was responsible for tampering with the U.S. election.
Turkey Begins Bombing Northeast Syria
Ankara launches airstrikes as the Trump administration tries to distance itself from Turkey’s move.
Popular U.N. Food Agency Roiled by Internal Problems, Survey Finds
Staffers complain of abuse of authority, harassment, and widespread discrimination at the World Food Program.
North Korean Missiles Just Keep Getting Better
Pyongyang is using a diplomatic impasse to improve its weapons technology.
Trump’s Whistleblower Attack ‘Undermines’ U.S. Global Accountability Push
The United States faces charges of double standards in its campaign to promote whistleblower protections at the U.N. and international organizations.
Bolton Slams Trump’s North Korea Policy
Trump’s former national security advisor argues Pyongyang won’t give up its nukes.
The U.S.-Iran Standoff Is Militarizing Cyberspace
Trump is keen on cyberattacks to retaliate against Tehran, but that could open Pandora’s box.
A Week of U.N. Diplomacy Overshadowed by Impeachment Probe
The inquiry into Trump’s Ukraine call has sidelined some of the ongoing work at UNGA.
Trump Impeachment Inquiry Puts State Department in the Crosshairs
U.S. diplomats are concerned they will become star witnesses.
Despite Impeachment Probe in Washington, U.N. Business Carries on in New York
As Trump leaves UNGA, the meetings continue.
Impeachment Inquiry Clouds Trump’s U.N. Display
Impeachment news hangs over the 74th U.N. General Assembly, but there is still plenty happening in New York.
Trump Administration Takes Down Biden’s Legacy—at the U.N.
Quietly, the administration has been undermining the former vice president’s legislative fix to the perennial issue of U.S. dues.
U.N. Summit Opens With Dire Warnings on Climate Change
The U.N. General Assembly begins today with a major climate summit. Over 100 world leaders will attend, but there’s one glaring absence.
The World Comes to the U.N.—but the U.S. Is Largely Missing
Trump to skip climate summit to focus on his Christian base.
Pompeo Skirts Protocol to Appoint New Protocol Chief
Democrats say that the U.S. secretary of state is bypassing the Senate’s traditional oversight measures with the appointment.
Foreign Investors Fueled Violence and Corruption in South Sudan, Report Finds
Numerous banks and multinationals have hands in shady deals with the new nation’s elites and warlords.