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Former U.S. diplomat Nicholas Burns testifies before the Senate.

Pompeo’s Silence Creates a ‘Crisis of Morale’ at State Department

“The rank and file are very disturbed by the inability, the refusal, of the secretary of state to defend his own people,” says former diplomat Nicholas Burns.

Syrian civilians flee villages amid fighting in the countryside of Tal Abyad

Articles That Had an Impact

From the State Department to the U.N. to Turkey, India, and Pakistan, Foreign Policy’s reporting helped make a difference.

President Donald Trump speaks alongside U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the White House.

A Rocky Year for U.S. Diplomacy

Whether it was confrontations with Iran and China or the never-ending Ukraine imbroglio, 2019 was a tumultuous year for American foreign policy.

U.N. forces in Mali.

U.S. to Ramp Up Counterterrorism Efforts in Sahel Region

Despite years of U.S. and international efforts to fight terrorism in the area, extremist groups are gaining ground.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey Pitches Plan to Settle 1 Million Refugees in Northern Syria 

Questions arise as to whether Erdogan’s $26 billion megaproject is intended to clear his border of Kurds.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Baghdad, Iraq.

State Department Outlines Dramatic Scale-Down of U.S. Presence in Iraq

Critics say the move will open the door to increased Iranian influence and worsen Iraq’s slide into chaos.

Dubai commemorates hosting the 2020 World Expo.

Will Anyone Pay for Uncle Sam’s World Expo Pavilion?

A last-ditch scramble by Trump’s chief diplomat reveals frictions with Congress over how the State Department spends its money.

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Russia Proposes Moving U.N. Meetings to Europe 

Protesting U.S. visa delays for United Nations-based Russian diplomats, Moscow says some U.N. meetings should be held in Geneva or Vienna. 

Somalis wait at a food distribution center outside Mogadishu.

U.S. Bureaucratic Blunder Could Cost Somalia Desperately Needed Debt Relief

U.S. ambassador considers resigning over the issue, which could harm U.S. anti-terrorism mission and aid programs there, officials say.

U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Carla Sands attends a reception in Denmark.

Trump Administration Blocks Another Critic from Speaking Abroad

The Denmark incident reveals how skittish the U.S. State Department has become when engaging with experts who have criticized the president’s policies.

Sen. Robert Menendez speaks at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.

Senior Democratic Senator Demands Answers on Pompeo Call Clampdown

Menendez accuses Trump administration of obscuring communications with foreign leaders in wake of impeachment inquiry.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to reporters.

State Clamps Down on Officials Joining Pompeo’s Calls

A Democratic lawmaker says the lack of transparency and record-keeping will keep the public in the dark.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Pompeo’s Departure Is Restoring the State Department’s Swagger

The U.S. secretary of state appears to have one foot out the door—and that’s exactly what U.S. diplomats have been waiting for.

U.S. diplomats William Taylor and George Kent testify at House impeachment hearing

With State Department Under Fire, Lawmakers Form a Diplomacy Caucus

The bipartisan House move seeks to bolster support for U.S. diplomats as Ukraine impeachment inquiry puts heat on the foreign service.

State Department officials testify in the Trump impeachment inquiry.

Diplomats Who Testified in Impeachment Inquiry Get Lifeline Through Legal Fund

Donors across the United States have provided more than a quarter of a million dollars so far.

Marie Yovanovitch testifies in the House impeachment inquiry.

State Department Misled Congress on Ouster of Ukraine Ambassador

A new trove of State Department emails sheds fresh light on events surrounding the impeachment inquiry.

Trump's EU ambassador Gordon Sondland testifies in the impeachment inquiry.

U.S. Diplomacy’s ‘Gordon Problem’ Goes Way Beyond Gordon Sondland

With the ambassador’s headline-making testimony, the Ukraine impeachment inquiry shed unprecedented light on the difference between political appointees and career diplomats.

Mike Pompeo at the State Department

Pompeo Thrust Into Impeachment Spotlight

The secretary of state takes flak from both chambers on Capitol Hill as his nominee for deputy gets grilled as well.

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks at the Environmental Justice Presidential Candidate Forum at South Carolina State University on November 8, 2019 in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

Warren’s Plan to Rebuild the State Department Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Adding 8,000 foreign service officers won’t solve America’s diplomatic problems. State needs to prioritize data science, expand strategic planning, and encourage mid-career training, too.

The State Department seen in Washington.

Trump Administration Targeted Career Diplomat, State Watchdog Says

Recent reports reveal a pattern of political retaliation, some without consequences, in Trump’s State Department.