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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Heritage Foundation in Washington on May 21. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Pompeo’s Iran Plan Is a Pipe Dream

The Trump team doesn’t have a post-nuke deal strategy — just a list of demands.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a memorandum that reinstates sanctions on Iran after announcing his decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal, at the White House on May 8. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The United States Finally Has an Aggressive Plan to Defang Iran

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has an impressive strategy to counter Tehran and break free from two decades of failed U.S. policy.

A young Palestinian in front of the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City on December 8, 2017.

Trump’s Jerusalem Theatrics Have Dealt A Blow to Peace

The president's reckless move reversed decades of sensible bipartisan policy. Holding out the possibility of a Palestinian capital in the holy city can keep hope for a negotiated settlement alive.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands after delivering remarks to State Department employees in Washington on May 1. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Pompeo Lifts Hiring Freeze at State Department

Diplomats hail the decision as another sign the Tillerson era has ended.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo greets State Department employees during a welcome ceremony at the State Department in Washington on May 1. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Pompeo’s Hiring Moves Soothe Diplomats

In staffing and internal policies, he seems to be reversing trends of the Tillerson era that dispirited many diplomats.

U.S. President Donald Trump attends the ceremonial swearing-in of  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department in Washington, D.C. on May 2, 2018. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

White House Weighs Taking Refugee Programs Away From State Department

Mike Pompeo’s first test could be a plan to remove refugee aid from Foggy Bottom.

New U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers remarks to State Department employees in Washington, D.C. on May 1, 2018. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Pompeo’s First Mission: Restoring State Department’s ‘Swagger’

In opening remarks to employees, the new secretary of state appeared eager to show the State Department he is no Rex Tillerson.

U.N. General Assembly votes overwhelming to reject President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital on December 21, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Nikki Haley’s Loyalty Test Backfires

The U.S. ambassador’s threat to punish states for voting against the U.S. at the U.N. didn’t work out so well.

Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) participates in a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, November 4, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Anti-Abortion Row Derails State Department Policy Bill

Congress came close to passing the bill, which could have raised the spirits of a bruised and battered State Department.

Congressional candidates Elissa Slotkin, Gina Ortiz Jones, Regina Bateson, Sarah Jacobs, Tom Malinowski, and Andy Kim. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images/Ana Isabel Photography/Regina Bateson campaign/Tom Malinowski campaign/Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/Andy Kim campaign/Foreign Policy illustration)

Can Obama’s National Security Braintrust Get Elected in the Age of Trump?

Foreign-policy alumni are trying to shake off the “D.C. insider” reputation and sail into Congress.

U.S. Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo arrives to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on April 12. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Mike Pompeo Needs to Clean Up After Rex Tillerson

The new secretary of state should focus on rebuilding his department.

Acting U.S. Secretary of State John Sullivan speaks on the release of the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices in Washington, D.C. on April 20, 2018. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Human Rights Groups Bristling at State Department Report

What’s not in the report is as important as what’s in it.

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