Trump’s National Security Team Splinters Over Taliban Meeting
Bolton’s pushback and Pentagon concerns over a potential deal with the Afghan insurgents helped convince the U.S. president to cancel the contentious summit.
Senior Officials Concede Loss of U.S. Clout as Trump Prepares For U.N. Summit
State Department meeting highlights internal alarm at China’s growing influence in international organizations.
State Department Failed to Shield Its Diplomats From Political Reprisals, Officials Concede
But the department’s top leaders say they can’t sack the Trump appointee at the center of scandal.
The Taliban’s Broken Pledge to Contain Terrorists
A generation ago, the Taliban promised to prevent Osama bin Laden from targeting Americans—then came 9/11.
State Department Defends U.N. Peacekeeping
The White House and Foggy Bottom are at odds over the value of blue helmets.
Trump’s Plan to Slash Foreign Aid Puts Humanitarian Programs in Jeopardy
Administration hopes to bypass Congress by running down the budget clock.
State Department Watchdog Censures Two Trump Appointees for Harassing Career Staffers
Report says the two appointees targeted career officials they perceived as politically disloyal.
Diplomats Losing Out to Trump Picks for Top Spots
Current and former U.S. officials say the deluge of political appointees at the State Department is hurting American diplomacy.
Hiring Freeze Put U.S. Diplomats Under Threat Worldwide, Report Says
Many programs in counterterrorism, global health, and cybersecurity are also struggling.
Guatemala Declares War on History
Looking for help on immigration, the Trump administration is silent in the face of Guatemala’s effort to seal its dirty war archive.
Pompeo Seeks to Make Baghdad Embassy Pullout Permanent, Officials Say
The abrupt evacuation in May left hundreds of diplomats in limbo and too few in Iraq to handle Iran’s influence and other pressing issues, according to State Department sources.
Tillerson to Kushner: We’ve Got to Stop Meeting Like This
Former U.S. secretary of state’s testimony reveals Jared Kushner’s omnipresent, perhaps unprecedented, role in the Trump administration.
Pompeo’s Hollow Plan to Beef Up Security in the Gulf
Experts are skeptical that U.S. allies will get on board.
U.S. Stopped Vital Foreign Aid Programs in the Name of Counter-Trafficking
Money that could have been used to curtail the Ebola outbreak in Central Africa or support demining programs in Southeast Asia was held up over human trafficking complaints.
Document of the Week: Risk of Iranian Retaliation Has Long Spooked Gulf Allies
What happens when Washington pushes Tehran too hard.
Finally, the U.S. Is Getting Some Diplomats in the Field
Thanks to rule changes and a new push from the Senate and Pompeo’s team, a flurry of nominees is being approved at last.
Dems Grill Trump’s U.N. Nominee Over Ottawa Absences
Kelly Knight Craft spent about half her tenure as ambassador outside Canada, data shows. She says much of it was work travel.
Infuriating Congress, Trump Administration Keeps Pushing for Saudi Arms Sales
Lawmakers accused the State Department of concocting a “phony emergency.”
Accused of Inaction, Trump Team Set to Appoint Sudan Advisor
Former U.S. diplomat Donald Booth expected to address the bloody impasse between military and protesters as U.N. officials warn of spiraling violence.