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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.

People gather in Istanbul to support the Turkish government following a failed coup attempt on July 16, 2016. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S. Alliance With Turkey Is Worth Preserving

Ankara is a difficult friend. That doesn't mean the United States should cut it loose.

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.

Rex Tillerson departs after speaking to employees at the State Department in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 2, 2017.  (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

A Requiem for Rex’s Redesign

Rex Tillerson's biggest failure — his disastrous bid to reorganize the State Department — can't be blamed on anyone else.

U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and CIA Director Mike Pompeo at Trump's Bedminster National Golf Club in New Jersey on Aug. 10, 2017. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Get Ready for Secretary of State Mini-Trump

The world will miss Rex Tillerson now that he's gone.

Mike Pompeo at The Center for Strategic and International Studies April 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Mike Pompeo Earned His Promotion

He had a strong record at the CIA. But will Trump let him succeed at the State Department?

CIA Director Mike Pompeo testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 13. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Clock Is Already Ticking on Mike Pompeo

The new secretary of state corrects for his predecessor's weaknesses — but will soon face the same problems.

Rex Tillerson U.S. arrives in Mexico City on February 1, 2018. (Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

Rex Tillerson Proved CEOs Are DOA in Washington

The secretary of state's rocky tenure showed why politics should stop head-hunting business leaders.

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.

President Donald Trump speaks before a luncheon with African leaders at the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Sept. 20, 2017 in New York. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Eyes Retired Diplomat for Top Africa Envoy Role

The decision comes as Tillerson departs on his first tour of the continent as secretary of state.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the United Nations on Dec. 15, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The State Department Needs Rehab

American diplomacy is losing its battle with the Trump administration — but it can still win the war.

U.S. President Donald Trump brandishes a sword during a welcome ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on May 20, 2017. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Middle East Strategy Is Totally Boring

There’s a very familiar method to the administration’s apparent regional madness.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks at Stanford University on Jan. 17, 2018 in California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A Year Later, Tillerson Rolls Back ‘Self Inflicted Wound’

The secretary of state’s freeze on hiring diplomats’ family members at understaffed embassies is ending, but it left resentment in its wake.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is sworn in at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 1, 2017. (Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

There’s No Happy Ending for Rex Tillerson

The secretary of state has held on for a year, but it’s too late for his tenure to end well.

Iranian students scuffle with police at the University of Tehran during a demonstration on Dec. 30, 2017.(Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Disingenuous Support for Iranian Protestors Has Backfired

A selective approach to human rights is even more harmful than “America first.”

New High Commissioner of the United Nations (UN) for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein of Jordan, gestures after a press conference on October 16, 2014 in Geneva. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI        (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

U.N. Human Rights Chief to Leave, Citing ‘Appalling’ Climate for Advocacy

Zeid Ra'ad Hussein worries the global retreat from human rights makes his job untenable.

U.S. Marines assigned to Joint Task Force - Leeward Islands stack boxes of tarps from the U.S. Agency for International Development as they prepare supplies for distribution at Douglas-Charles Airport in Melville Hall, Dominica, Sept 29. (Sgt. Melissa Martens/U.S. Marines via Getty Images)

Let USAID Run USAID

Rex Tillerson’s “terrible mistake” is actually the right thing to do.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a U.N. Security Council meeting in New York on Dec. 15. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Tillerson Backtracks on Overture to North Korea, Slams China and Russia

"North Korea must earn its way back to the table," Tillerson told U.N.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks on during the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

North Korea Had Spurned Talks With U.S. Due to Trump’s Latest Sanctions

Despite months of secret contacts, North Korea has been playing hard to get back to the negotiating table – even as Rex Tillerson reaches out again.

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