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Colin Powell

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.

A scene from Squid Game.

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.

Haitian migrants cross the U.S.-Mexico border on the Rio Grande.

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.

An unidentified rocket is displayed during a military parade.

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.

Members of the U.S. Marines speak to an Afghan man.

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.

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State Department Plans ‘China House’ to Counter Beijing

Some fear larger State Department China desk could be a “massive bureaucratic blob.”

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and President Joe Biden participate in a virtual diplomatic meeting.

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.

U.S. State Department building is seen at night.

‘We Feel His Presence in the Department Is Threatening’

State employees protest the continued employment of an “antisemitic” blogger in their ranks.

Afghans crowd at the Kabul airport.

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.

People climb atop a plane at Kabul airport

‘I’m Furious. I Feel Helpless.’

American diplomats reckon with Afghanistan’s collapse.

Displaced Afghans from the northern provinces are evacuated from a makeshift camp in Shahr-e-Naw to various mosques and schools in Kabul on Aug. 12.

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.

Russian, U.S., Spanish, and British passports

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.

Then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talks to his dog, Ben, at a State Department event.

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.

Then-Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman testifies before the Senate.

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.

Sudan’s prime minister and Sovereign Council chief attend an economic conference.

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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin stands with U.S. ambassador to Russia John Sullivan in Moscow.

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.

A U.S. Cobra helicopter participates in a military exercise.

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.

Salva Kiir, then-acting president of the government of Southern Sudan

Succession in South Sudan

America’s greatest success story in Africa has degenerated into its biggest failure.

The U.S. State Department seen in Washington.

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.

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