State Department

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks at a press conference in Myanmar on Nov. 15, 2017.   (Aung Htet/AFP/Getty Images)

Tillerson Finally Brands Myanmar Crisis ‘Ethnic Cleansing’

Beyond harsh words, Washington hasn’t meted out punishment on Myanmar yet.

Afghan security personnel destroy an illegal poppy crop in the Surkh Rod district of eastern Nangarhar province on Apr. 5. (Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)

Kill All the Poppies

There’s no way to ever win against the Taliban if the heroin trade is left to flourish.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the State Department on November 20, 2017. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Rex Tillerson Is Underrated

A revisionist assessment of the Trump administration’s beleaguered Secretary of State.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) talks with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson before  a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, Oct. 30, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Lawmakers Slam Tillerson’s Bungled State Department Reforms

There's growing concern on the Hill that the secretary of state is mangling American diplomacy.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) talks with reporters in Washington D.C. on Nov. 3, 2015. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Can Senator Corker Save the State Department?

The gross misconduct of Rex Tillerson and the White House toward career diplomats and the Foreign Service might require an unlikely savior.

(Left to right) Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, Guinea's President Alpha Conde, U.S. President Donald Trump, African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina, Nigeria's Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on May 27 in Taormina, Sicily. (Jonathan Ernst/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Dangerous Retreat from Africa  

The U.S. administration is ramping up military engagement on the continent but ramping everything else down. Other countries are already filling the void.

The US State Department  in Washington, DC. (Nicholas KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

White House Taps Pence Associate to Run Foreign Service

Critics fear Trump administration will politicize diplomatic corps with unprecedented pick.

Journalists at the Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas on Oct. 13, 2015. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Time for the State Department to Stop Throwing Money at Facebook

We need to demand accountability from social media companies — and from U.S. diplomats.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson departs after  delivering a statement at the State Department on Oct. 4, 2017. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

As State Department Withers, So Does Diversity in Top Ranks

Tillerson “hasn’t put his money where his mouth is.”

Members of a Myanmar military honor guard raise their bayonet-mounted rifles in a salute during a dawn flag-raising ceremony at Yangon's central Mahabandoola Park on Jan. 4. (Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Pulls Military Assistance to Myanmar Over Rohingya Abuses

But experts say the measures will have limited effect and could even backfire.

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

America Will Always Lose Russia’s Tit-for-Tat Spy Games

In the asymmetric warfare of espionage, playing fair means Moscow wins.

President Donald Trump speaks on the North Korean threat at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 19, 2017.

Trump Touts Military Option for North Korea That Generals Warn Would Be ‘Horrific’

The foreign policy in Trump’s Twitter feed is competing with the foreign policy of the U.S. government.

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