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.
State Department Vacancies Increase Embassy Security Risks, Report Warns
Diplomats and their families could be in jeopardy, but the Trump administration has no plans to address the issue, the Government Accountability Office says.
U.S. Cancels Journalist’s Award Over Her Criticism of Trump
Jessikka Aro was to receive a “Women of Courage” prize. Then officials read her Twitter feed.
Trump’s U.N. Envoy Post Is Up for Grabs Again
Heather Nauert’s withdrawal has opened doors to a new cast of diplomatic aspirants seeking to fill Nikki Haley’s shoes.
Haley Tried to Block Appointment of Chinese Diplomat to Key U.N. Post. He Got the Job Anyway.
As the United States pulls back from the world body, experts say it is ceding influence to China.
With New Appointment, State Department Ramps Up War Against Foreign Propaganda
Former Fox News correspondent and Navy veteran Lea Gabrielle to head long-troubled Global Engagement Center.
Rubio Blocks Trump’s Honduras Envoy
The Florida senator is increasingly influential on U.S. policy in Latin America.
Corrupt Guatemalans’ GOP Lifeline
U.S. Republicans are weakening a U.N. anti-corruption investigation into President Jimmy Morales. What are they getting in exchange?
Why Did the State Department Just Spend $84,375 on a Sculpture by Bob Dylan?
The purchase represents the cultural aspects of U.S. diplomacy for some and lavish and wasteful spending for others.
How Washington Got on Board With Congo’s Rigged Election
The State Department endorsed Felix Tshisekedi’s unlikely presidency, taking some U.S. officials by surprise.
Trump Should Put the Safety of American Diplomats First
By failing to prioritize the security of U.S. officials in Venezuela, the White House bungled what could have been a rare foreign-policy success.