Colin Powell, ‘Reluctant Warrior’ Who Made the Case for the Iraq War, Dead at 84
The first Black secretary of state and the youngest chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Powell died of complications from COVID-19.
State Department Cable Sees Echoes of Korean Politics in Netflix’s ‘Squid Game’
The dystopian series reflects a “winner-take-all” mentality and South Koreans’ economic frustrations ahead of presidential elections.
Democrats See Broken Promises in Biden’s Haiti Policies
After high-profile resignations, Biden diplomats scramble to shore up stability in Haiti and stem migration.
Biden Team Fears North Korean Sanctions Aren’t Biting
U.S. sanctions are in tatters, and China doesn’t want the United Nations imposing more.
Those Left Behind in Afghanistan
A month after the U.S. withdrawal, Afghans who worked for the U.S. war effort are in hiding. Few see a way out.
State Department Plans ‘China House’ to Counter Beijing
Some fear larger State Department China desk could be a “massive bureaucratic blob.”
Blinken Defends Afghanistan Withdrawal in First of Congressional Hearing Marathons
Republican lawmakers grilled Biden’s top diplomat over the end to the United States’ Afghan war.
‘We Feel His Presence in the Department Is Threatening’
State employees protest the continued employment of an “antisemitic” blogger in their ranks.
U.S. Officials Rushed to Kabul Airport to Help Evacuation
Thousands of Americans and Afghans are still stranded in what lawmakers are calling a fiasco.
Afghan Government Collapses as Ghani Flees the Country
The United States evacuates its embassy while diplomats and aid officials brace for a new humanitarian catastrophe.
The State Department’s Visa-Issuing Authority Is in Crisis
How “the worst consular system in the world” was turned around—and why it needs to happen again.
Why a New CDC Ban Could Separate U.S. Diplomats Abroad From Their Dogs
The ban on importing dogs from more than 100 countries is leaving U.S. government personnel posted abroad in limbo.
Biden Administration Calls on Senate to Confirm State Department Nominees
Sen. Ted Cruz wages an unprecedented partisan fight with the U.S. president over a Russian pipeline project, hobbling the administration’s foreign policy.
Top Counterterrorism Envoy Could Be First U.S. Ambassador to Sudan in Decades
Experts said Washington needs an envoy to help shepherd Sudan’s tenuous transition to democracy.
Under Putin’s Rules, U.S. Mission in Russia Left With Skeleton Crew
So far, Biden hasn’t signaled whether there will be any retaliation.
U.S. Lawmakers Hold Up Major Proposed Arms Sale to Nigeria
Senators quietly press U.S. President Joe Biden to reassess U.S.-Nigeria relations amid human rights concerns.
Succession in South Sudan
America’s greatest success story in Africa has degenerated into its biggest failure.
Study Finds Nearly 1 in 3 U.S. Diplomats Eyeing the Exit Door
Systemic management and morale issues plague the State Department, even after Trump era.