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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.

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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.

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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.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers remarks during a welcome ceremony in the lobby of the State Department in Washington on May 1.  (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Federal Watchdogs Target Bullying, Retaliation at State Department

Mari Stull, a wine blogger-turned-Trump appointee, is the subject of two investigations into allegations of reprisals and bullying at the State Department.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses the press during a briefing at the State Department in Washington on Aug. 16. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

Pompeo Eyes Fox News Reporter to Head Counterpropaganda Office

The troubled agency is charged with responding to Russian influence operations.

A man stands under an umbrella as monsoon rains arrive in Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, on Aug. 28. More than 700,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

It’s Time to Hold Myanmar Accountable

A year after the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya began, the United States is still dragging its feet.

President Donald Trump and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a visit to the Israel Museum on May 23, 2017 in Jerusalem, Israel. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images.)

U.S. to End All Funding to U.N. Agency That Aids Palestinian Refugees

The Trump administration hopes to pressure Palestinians to return to bargaining table.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin arrive for their meeting in Helsinki on July 16. (Brendan Smialowski / AFP/Getty Images)

Lawmakers Want Classified Documents on Trump’s Meeting with Putin

Top Democrats still worry the president is hiding commitments he gave the Russian leader.

Vincent Smith, the chair of South Africa's parliamentary committee on proposed constitutional amendments regulating land expropriation, speaks at a hearing in Cape Town on Aug. 4. (Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Angers South Africa With Missive on Land Redistribution

The president’s tweet followed a misleading segment on Fox News.

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) questions witnesses during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on May 26, 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

U.S. Lawmakers Press Pompeo to Fix Policy for Diplomat Families

The State Department has scaled back benefits to family members with special needs.

The State Department's director of policy planning and new head of the Iran Action Group, Brian Hook, speaks during a press briefing at the State Department in Washington on Aug. 16. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

Pompeo Creates New Team to Pressure Iran

The new unit will be led by one of the State Department’s most powerful officials.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in Washington on July 25. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Pompeo Ignores Plea From Diplomats With Children With Special Needs

Families say the State Department continues to curb benefits mandated by law.

U.S. President Donald Trump discuss immigration issues during a meeting with Republican members of Congress and cabinet members at the White House on June 20. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Refugee Skeptic to Assume Key Role on Migration Issues at State Department

The shift is part of the Trump administration’s broader campaign to crack down on refugees and immigration.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill on July 25. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

In Fiery Hearing, Pompeo Trades Barbs With Lawmakers

The secretary of state faces criticism, even from those in his own party.

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