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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before Congress.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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 construction of an Ethiopian dam on the Nile river is seen.

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. President Donald Trump visits China.

U.S. Closes Chinese Consulate in Houston Amid Surge in Chinese Espionage Cases

It’s the latest escalation in an increasingly tense bilateral relationship.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the State Department.

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.

State Department official George Kent testifying on Capitol Hill.

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.

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Decolonize the State Department

As U.S. policymakers grapple with systemic racism, it’s time to start tapping the expertise of diasporas.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meet in the White House on March 20, 2018

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.

Former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan awaits a hearing in a Moscow court.

Family of American Jailed in Russia Vows to Keep Fighting

Long sentence for alleged espionage is a “gut punch” but opens door to negotiations.

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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.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to press.

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.

Protesters face police in Minneapolis.

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.

Now-ousted U.S. State Department Inspector General Steve Linick departs the U.S. Capitol on October 02, 2019 in Washington, DC.

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.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

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.

U.S. State Department Inspector General Steve Linick departs the U.S. Capitol October 2, 2019 in Washington, DC.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brief reporters at the White House.

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.

State Department counterterrorism envoy Nathan Sales speaks at a press conference.

Inspector General Criticizes U.S. Counterterrorism Coordinator

Report finds problems with morale and management that hampered U.S. counterterrorism initiatives in foreign countries.

U.S. President Donald Trump (right) and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo participate in the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington on April 8.

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.

China's President Xi Jinping (L) and US President Donald Trump attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017.

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.