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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens to the NATO secretary general after arriving for a summit in Brussels on Nov. 20, 2019.

House Democrats Pledge to Continue Investigations Into Pompeo—Regardless of Election Outcome

The contenders to lead the House Foreign Affairs Committee all plan to redouble its investigations into the secretary of state’s tenure.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (left) and U.S. President Donald Trump

Trump Moves Closer to Renewing Nuclear Treaty With Russia

But Russian negotiators still haven’t agreed to stepped-up verification of its nuclear warheads, a major sticking point.

A Central American migrant and his child

The Feds Moved Migrants in Unmarked Vans Overseas

Homeland Security rented vans to illegally hustle migrants to the border—in a foreign country.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stands next to President Donald Trump as he speaks.

Pompeo’s Next Mission, Like His First: Clinton’s Old Emails

Mike Pompeo’s rush to placate Trump and release old emails from Hillary Clinton worries many in the State Department who fear both its illegality and interference in the election.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo travels to Brazil.

Pompeo’s Preelection Politicking Is Wearing Thin, Even With Allies

From the Vatican to Brazil, foreign officials are getting tired of Pompeo dragging their governments into Trump’s reelection campaign.

A protester carries a “Register to Vote” sign during a peaceful demonstration against police brutality in Los Angeles on June 6.

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Media bubbles get a reality check, Sudan toys with Tel Aviv, and the ivory tower comes full circle.

President Donald Trump speaks alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The State Department’s Struggles to Diversify Just Got Harder

Trump’s executive order taking aim at diversity training could make it even harder to fix the State Department’s dismal record on inclusion.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during the 2019 International Women of Courage awards ceremony.

State Department Misled Public, Congress About Revoking Journalist’s Award for Criticizing Trump

An inspector general’s report concludes that State officials nixed a high-profile award out of fear of offending higher-ups—then lied about it.

Top U.S. arms negotiator Marshall Billingslea and Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas Bussiere

U.S. Allies Worry Trump Administration Might Let Key Nuclear Treaty With Russia Die

Internal documents acknowledge concern among allies about the expiration of the Obama-era New START accord, but U.S. negotiators are still playing hardball.

U.S. President Donald Trump sits with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

How Pompeo Blurs the Line Between Diplomacy and Politics

Pompeo's speeches in potential battleground states during official State Department trips have drawn fire from Democratic lawmakers.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks about the Commission on Unalienable Rights at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on July 16.

Pompeo’s Critics Misrepresent the Commission on Unalienable Rights

The NGOs and activists criticizing the commission’s inaugural report are distorting its contents.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference to announce the Trump administration's restoration of sanctions on Iran, on September 21, 2020, at the US State Department in Washington, DC.

U.S. Isolated at U.N. as Push to Ramp Up Pressure on Iran Fails

“We don’t need a cheering section,” said Trump’s U.N ambassador. But Washington does need international compliance to make snapback sanctions work.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives to brief House members on Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the murder of Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on December 13, 2018.

Congress Pressures Trump Administration to Restore Aid to Yemen

Lawmakers warn the administration’s aid cuts will exacerbate the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, even as State Department officials worry about being on the hook for war crimes.

Dockers unload U.S. humanitarian aid in Sudan

Trump Appointee Takes ‘Slash and Burn’ Approach to Key USAID Bureau

Peter Marocco, after tumultuous tours at Pentagon and State, is stopping the agency’s newest division in its tracks, critics claim.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at Stanford University in Stanford, California, on July 24, 2018.

Pompeo’s Commission on Unalienable Rights Will Endanger Everyone’s Human Rights

The U.S. secretary of state’s commission cherry picks the issues that suit its agenda while undermining international law and threatening LGBT and women’s rights.

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

U.S. Halts Some Foreign Assistance Funding to Ethiopia Over Dam Dispute with Egypt, Sudan

Some U.S. officials fear the move will harm Washington’s relationship with Addis Ababa.

Then-U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speak in Washington.

Pompeo and Haley Position Themselves as the Republican Standard-Bearers After Trump

In a party turning America inward, its brightest stars built their résumés on foreign policy.

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok

U.S. and Sudan Near Pact to Compensate American Terrorism Victims

The deal could pave the way for Sudan’s removal from the U.S. State Sponsors of Terrorism list.

Malian soldiers in the capital of Mali after a military coup.

Coup Plotters in Mali Were Trained by U.S. Military

The overthrow, swiftly condemned by the U.S. government, could pose a setback in the regional fight against extremist groups.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a news conference at the State Department in Washington,DC on July 8.

State Department Pushes Back on Claims that Officials Lied to Congress over Emergency Arms Deals

A top State Department official insists Pompeo rightly invoked an emergency to send billions of dollars in weapons to the Gulf last year.