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U.S. Diplomats Abroad ‘Routinely Denied Access’ to Reproductive Care

A letter alleges the State Department put diplomats facing reproductive health emergencies in “life-threatening situations.”

Julieta Valls Noyes introduces U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Julieta Valls Noyes introduces U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Biden’s Refugee Envoy Looks to Reform Damaged System

Washington has been slow to meet expanded targets for refugee admissions due to the last administration’s policies.

The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv
The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv

U.S. Diplomats Tiptoe Back Into Ukraine—Weeks After Their European Counterparts

Lawmakers push the U.S. State Department to overcome its “bunker mentality,” but in Ukraine, that’s complicated.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky sits for a press conference.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky sits for a press conference.

3 Years Later, the U.S. Could Finally Send an Ambassador to Ukraine

The nomination of career diplomat Bridget Brink comes as Washington begins sending its diplomats back into Ukraine.

Madeleine Albright talks with reporter State Department 1997
Madeleine Albright talks with reporter State Department 1997
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

Madeleine Albright, America’s First Female Secretary of State, Dies

A lifelong foe of autocrats who declared, “I do wear my patriotism on my sleeve.”

Sen. Rick Scott attends a Senate hearing.
Sen. Rick Scott attends a Senate hearing.

Republican Senators Block Confirmation of Key Biden Officials, Stymying Ukraine Response

A Democratic lawmaker accuses Sen. Rick Scott of “single-handedly undermining” the United States’ full response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Ukrainian soldiers stand guard on a road north of Kyiv.
Ukrainian soldiers stand guard on a road north of Kyiv.

Ukrainian Staff at U.S. Embassy, Left Behind, Say U.S. Is Backtracking on Promises of Support

“It looks as if some officials have already given up on Ukraine,” local staff told the State Department.

A wall mural painted on the wall of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.
A wall mural painted on the wall of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.

‘Nowhere to Turn to’: U.S. Forces Closure of Afghan Embassy

Afghan diplomats wanted to keep the flag raised but were running out of cash.

An observer of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) monitors a tank in the Donetsk region of Ukraine on Nov. 9, 2019.
An observer of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) monitors a tank in the Donetsk region of Ukraine on Nov. 9, 2019.

Russia’s Ukraine Invasion Devolving Into ‘Strategic Catastrophe’ for Putin: U.S. Envoy

International organizations will start compiling evidence of Russia’s “barbaric,” “horrific,” “heinous” conduct for possible war crimes trials, America’s ambassador to the OSCE says.

The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine
The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine

Ukrainians Who Worked at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv Plead for Help

In a letter to the State Department, staff voice fears they will be abandoned amid the Russian onslaught.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks at the U.N.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks at the U.N.
Sarah Margon speaks on a panel discussing human rights.
Sarah Margon speaks on a panel discussing human rights.

Biden’s Pick for Top Human Rights Post Stuck in Nomination Limbo

The time it takes a president’s nominees to clear Senate confirmation is getting longer and longer.

A view of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv.
A view of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv.

U.S. Orders Diplomats’ Families to Leave Ukraine Amid Russian Invasion Fears

High-level diplomatic talks between the United States and Russia have failed to defuse the crisis.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with U.S President Joe Biden during their meeting at the 'Villa la Grange' in Geneva, Switzerland in Geneva on June 16, 2021.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with U.S President Joe Biden during their meeting at the 'Villa la Grange' in Geneva, Switzerland in Geneva on June 16, 2021.

Biden Set for Putin Call to Ease Ukraine Standoff

The United States is demanding that Russia roll back more than 100,000 troops on Ukraine’s border.

Reps. Gregory Meeks and Michael McCaul listen to a House Foreign Affairs hearing.
Reps. Gregory Meeks and Michael McCaul listen to a House Foreign Affairs hearing.

Congressional Probe Over Afghan Withdrawal Turns Partisan

Is Biden stonewalling Congress? It depends whom you ask.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris participate in virtual grassroots fundraiser.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris participate in virtual grassroots fundraiser.

Biden Taps Billionaire Campaign Donors for Ambassador Posts

Progressive Democrats lambasted Trump over the practice.

Passengers queue to board a U.S. Air Force flight.
Passengers queue to board a U.S. Air Force flight.

State Department Launches Review of Afghan Withdrawal

U.S. ambassador Daniel Smith is tapped to lead a review to understand the lessons of U.S. involvement.

Horn of Africa special envoy Jeffrey Feltman leaves Sudan.
Horn of Africa special envoy Jeffrey Feltman leaves Sudan.

Foggy Bottom Bristles at Proliferation of Special Envoys

The State Department’s Africa chief addresses concerns that special envoys shut out other diplomats from policymaking.

A U.S. soldier prepares Ukrainian soldiers for an exercise in ambush tactics at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center in Starychi, Ukraine, on July 26. The advisors from Task Force Raven are working to improve Ukraine's defense capabilities against a potential military threat from Russia.
A U.S. soldier prepares Ukrainian soldiers for an exercise in ambush tactics at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center in Starychi, Ukraine, on July 26. The advisors from Task Force Raven are working to improve Ukraine's defense capabilities against a potential military threat from Russia.

Biden Is Running Out of Time to Help Ukraine Fend Off Russia

Kyiv’s pleas for more U.S. guns to hold off Moscow have prompted a political knife fight in Washington.

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