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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, left, and then-Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili attend a welcoming ceremony at the airport in Tbilisi, Georgia, on July 31, 2017. (Vano Shlamov/AFP/Getty Images)

Georgia Rebuffs U.S. Ambassador Pick as Too Pro-Saakashvili

The move surprised U.S. officials, given Georgia’s staunchly pro-American stance.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Oct. 16. (Leah Millis/AFP/Getty Images)

Senate Summons Pompeo and Mattis Over Saudi Arabia

Lawmakers are pushing to overrule the Trump administration and end U.S. involvement in the devastating Yemeni civil war.

Demonstrators gathered in front of the White House to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to terminate temporary protected status for citizens of Sudan, El Salvador, Haiti, and Nicaragua in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 9. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

How One Top Diplomat Took a Stand Against Trump’s Immigration Policy

The under secretary of state feared that canceling the temporary protected status for some immigrants would be a blight on U.S. foreign policy.

Then-U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Tom Malinowski speaks at the State Department in Washington on April 13, 2016. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

A Human Rights Champion Comes to the House

Congressman-elect Tom Malinowski says he hopes his diplomatic credentials can help Democrats push back on Trump.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to press at the State Department in Washington on Oct. 23. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Pompeo to Tap New Envoy for Troubled Central African Region

Pompeo has reversed his predecessor’s policy of eliminating special envoy posts.

Sudanese Foreign Minister Al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed gives a press conference in Khartoum on June 24. (Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Administration Gives Sudan a Way to Come in From the Cold

The United States should stop listing Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism, Sudanese foreign minister tells FP, as Khartoum seeks to boost its crumbling economy.

From left, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, Rep. Eliot Engel, and Rep. Adam Schiff on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 15, 2017. (Zach Gibson/AFP/Getty Images)

House Dems to Turn the Screws on Trump’s State Department

The new Congress will flex its oversight muscles on everything from mismanagement at the State Department to questions about Trump’s finances.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert at a ministerial meeting on religious freedom in Washington on July 26. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Trump Considers Diplomatic Novice for U.N. Ambassador

The U.S. president says State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert is under serious consideration.

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis addresses a press conference in Prague on Oct. 28. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Pushes for Cease-Fire in Yemen

The secretaries of defense and state call for an end to the violence.

Palestinian activists outside the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem on Sept. 21, 2011. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images)

Merging the U.S. Consulate and Embassy in Jerusalem Is a Mistake

Trump is pushing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict toward a one-state solution.

Mozambican women and expecting mothers wait to receive medical care at the Murrupelane maternity ward in Nacala, Mozambique, on July 5. (Gianluigi Guercia/ AFP/Getty Images)

The Trump Administration Is Erasing Reproductive Rights at Home and Abroad

The removal of information from the State Department’s annual reports has grave consequences for human rights monitoring worldwide.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens as State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert speaks to press at the State Department on May 29. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

State Department Considering Public Diplomacy Overhaul

The revamp comes as officials debate how to counter Russian and Chinese influence campaigns.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press briefing at the State Department in Washington on Oct. 3 (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Washington Blame Game Ensues as Ambassador Posts Sit Empty

The disappearance of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi spotlights a staffing problem.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses outside U.N. General Assembly in New York City on Sept. 25. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

Trump Stealthily Seeks to Choke Off Funding to U.N. Programs

Leaked emails and behind-the-scenes battles show how the administration, after failing to slash congressional aid, used bureaucratic levers to stifle money flows.

(Illustration by Matt Chase for Foreign Policy)

The Future of War Will Be ‘Liked’

In the social media age, what you share is deciding what happens on the battlefield.

Rainbow flags appear during event hosted by U.N. Globe, a U.N. LGBTI advocacy group, celebrating International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17 at United Nations Office in Nairobi. (Photo credit: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Administration to Deny Visas to Same-Sex Partners of Diplomats, U.N. Officials

The new policy will insist they be married—even if they're from countries that criminalize gay marriage.

Rescuers work among the rubble after the bombing U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya on Aug. 7, 1998. (AFP/Getty Images)

The Bombings the World Forgot 

On the podcast: Ambassador Prudence Bushnell survived the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya. Now she tells her story.

(Alastair Grant/AFP/Getty Images; Foreign Policy illustration)

White and Male: Trump’s Ambassadors Don’t Look Like the Rest of America

The diversity problem predates this administration, but some State Department officials fear it’s getting worse.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) listens to testimony during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Dec. 6, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The War Over War Powers Heats Up in Congress

A top Middle East diplomat’s confirmation has been blocked in the Senate as new Syria strikes loom.

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