Pompeo Seeks to Make Baghdad Embassy Pullout Permanent, Officials Say
The abrupt evacuation in May left hundreds of diplomats in limbo and too few in Iraq to handle Iran’s influence and other pressing issues, according to State Department sources.
Tillerson to Kushner: We’ve Got to Stop Meeting Like This
Former U.S. secretary of state’s testimony reveals Jared Kushner’s omnipresent, perhaps unprecedented, role in the Trump administration.
Pompeo’s Hollow Plan to Beef Up Security in the Gulf
Experts are skeptical that U.S. allies will get on board.
U.S. Stopped Vital Foreign Aid Programs in the Name of Counter-Trafficking
Money that could have been used to curtail the Ebola outbreak in Central Africa or support demining programs in Southeast Asia was held up over human trafficking complaints.
Document of the Week: Risk of Iranian Retaliation Has Long Spooked Gulf Allies
What happens when Washington pushes Tehran too hard.
Finally, the U.S. Is Getting Some Diplomats in the Field
Thanks to rule changes and a new push from the Senate and Pompeo’s team, a flurry of nominees is being approved at last.
Dems Grill Trump’s U.N. Nominee Over Ottawa Absences
Kelly Knight Craft spent about half her tenure as ambassador outside Canada, data shows. She says much of it was work travel.
Infuriating Congress, Trump Administration Keeps Pushing for Saudi Arms Sales
Lawmakers accused the State Department of concocting a “phony emergency.”
Accused of Inaction, Trump Team Set to Appoint Sudan Advisor
Former U.S. diplomat Donald Booth expected to address the bloody impasse between military and protesters as U.N. officials warn of spiraling violence.
A Republican Rainmaker Comes to Turtle Bay
If confirmed, Kelly Knight Craft would be the first U.S. ambassador to the United Nations who got started in politics as a campaign fundraiser and donor.
Congress Wants State Department to Reckon With the ‘Lavender Scare’
Gay employees were hounded from office in a dark episode of State Department history from the 1950s and ’60s, and many committed suicide.
Former U.S. Diplomats Lobby to Stop South Sudan War Crimes Court
The move sparked anger among experts, who see the court as critical to peace.
On His 1-Year Anniversary, Pompeo Boasts of Success
Despite budget cuts and no major achievements, the secretary of state tells employees he’s restoring the prestige of U.S. diplomacy.
How a U.N. Bid to Prevent Sexual Violence Turned Into a Spat Over Abortion
In an internal document, Trump officials threatened to reject an anti-rape measure over language on sexual and reproductive health.
Trump’s Big Iran Oil Gamble
By seeking to cut Iranian exports to zero, the U.S. president is taking a major economic and political risk.
The Long Rise and Sudden Fall of American Diplomacy
One of Washington's most accomplished diplomats has traced how U.S. foreign policy went astray over decades—and how it can get back on track.
The Maddening Limbo of Paul Whelan
Four months into the former U.S. Marine’s detention in Moscow, Washington is struggling to help free him—or even get him answers.
U.S. Eyes Plans to Cut Diplomatic Staff in Afghanistan, Iraq
Officials say it's time to shift diplomatic resources to countering China and Russia.
Despite Pompeo’s Call for ‘Swagger,’ Trump Slashes Diplomatic Budget
The U.S. president’s 2020 budget request is especially harsh on the U.N. and refugees. Democrats call it “dead on arrival.”
Our Best Weekend Reads
This week, the world marked International Women’s Day, and the U.S. State Department canceled an award for a Finnish journalist who criticized Trump.