Trump’s Hand-Picked State Department Watchdog Quits Less Than 3 Months Into the Job
The latest high-profile departure underscores the turmoil at Foggy Bottom, and officials fear it will weaken an important watchdog already under fire from top Trump officials.
Trump Looks to Arms Sales to Deepen Ties With India
Border clashes with China have reawakened New Delhi’s interest in deeper defense ties with the United States, and Washington is hoping to deliver the goods.
The Pandemic Is the Perfect Time to Rethink Travel Visas
How to make consular services better than ever.
Trump Mulls Withholding Aid to Ethiopia Over Controversial Dam
The massive Ethiopian dam is a flash point for tensions in Africa—and is now sowing confusion and discord within the U.S. government, with many officials concerned Washington is too much in Egypt’s corner.
U.S. Closes Chinese Consulate in Houston Amid Surge in Chinese Espionage Cases
It’s the latest escalation in an increasingly tense bilateral relationship.
Pompeo’s Attack on ‘1619 Project’ Draws Fire From His Own Diplomats
The secretary of state’s latest foray into the “culture war” has sparked anger and backlash among U.S. diplomats of color.
Trump Promotes Senior Diplomats, Including Star Impeachment Witness
George Kent, promoted to a new rank in the senior foreign service, has avoided the grim fate of other impeachment witnesses.
Decolonize the State Department
As U.S. policymakers grapple with systemic racism, it’s time to start tapping the expertise of diasporas.
Trump Mulls Ending Heads-Up to Congress on U.S. Weapons Sales
Administration officials say they are tired of regular efforts by Capitol Hill to review arms exports to Saudi Arabia and other nations.
Family of American Jailed in Russia Vows to Keep Fighting
Long sentence for alleged espionage is a “gut punch” but opens door to negotiations.
Fighting for U.S. Values Abroad, Black Diplomats Struggle With Challenges at Home
Protests against racism are shedding light on a silent morale crisis within parts of America’s diplomatic corps.
Fired State Watchdog Confirms Ongoing Investigation Into Pompeo and His Wife
In an interview with Congress, Linick says he was looking into private taxpayer-funded dinners at the department, among other probes.
African Leaders, Joined by U.S. Embassies, Condemn Police Killing in Minneapolis
In highly unusual move, U.S. diplomats in Uganda and Kenya issue public pronouncements expressing distress over the death of George Floyd.
Firing of State Watchdog May Be Related to Saudi Arms Sales, Senior Democrat Says
As Saudi Arabia closes in on paying off its Yemen debt, it has been pulled into Friday’s shock dismissal of Steve Linick, who was probing the Trump administration’s effort to evade congressional approval of arms deals to Riyadh.
Pompeo’s State Department Faces Yet a New Oversight Battle With Capitol Hill
Democrats say the State Department is withholding information on diversity from Congress based on the claim it is “non-publicly available” information.
Trump Escalates War on Government Watchdogs
The shock firing of the State Department’s top watchdog is raising fears that diplomats won’t be protected against political retaliation.
Trump’s State Department Doesn’t Appear to Share His Optimism on Reopening
Despite Pompeo’s push for more active diplomacy, his senior deputies want to go slow.
Inspector General Criticizes U.S. Counterterrorism Coordinator
Report finds problems with morale and management that hampered U.S. counterterrorism initiatives in foreign countries.
Pompeo Emerges as Point Man in War of Words With China
His critics say he’s too busy attacking China to coordinate a global response to the pandemic. His supporters say he’s holding Beijing to account.
Trump Fixates on China as Nuclear Arms Pact Nears Expiration
The administration insists any future START treaty has to include Beijing as well as Moscow, but experts say there is almost no chance China will agree.