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John Sullivan leaves a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.
John Sullivan leaves a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.

In Russia, America’s Last Man Standing Stands Down

John Sullivan had a front-row seat to a historic low point in U.S.-Russia relations, and he did it with a skeleton crew of diplomats.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (left) speaks with Sen. Chris Coons
Sen. Lindsey Graham (left) speaks with Sen. Chris Coons

U.S. Foreign Aid Pilot Program Sparks Fight With Congress

A “game-changing” bill hits an impasse over programs in Haiti and Libya.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken gives a speech on U.S.-Africa policy in Abuja, Nigeria, on Nov. 19, 2021.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken gives a speech on U.S.-Africa policy in Abuja, Nigeria, on Nov. 19, 2021.

Team Biden to Unveil New U.S. Africa Strategy

The strategy seeks to grapple with China’s growing influence in Africa without painting African countries as geopolitical pawns.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken departs following a speech on U.S. Africa policy at the Economic Community of West African States in Abuja, Nigeria, on Nov. 19, 2021.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken departs following a speech on U.S. Africa policy at the Economic Community of West African States in Abuja, Nigeria, on Nov. 19, 2021.

U.S. Embassies in Africa Are Chronically Short-Staffed

Hollowed-out posts could leave the United States playing catch up to China and Russia.

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U.S. State Department

State Department to Appoint New Envoy for Global Racial Justice

The appointment comes as the department grapples with correcting its own spotted record on diversity and inclusion.

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The Last Days of the Afghan Embassy

The Biden administration shut down a touchpoint for thousands of refugees from Afghanistan—and left its diplomats in agonizing limbo.

The U.S. State Department
The U.S. State Department

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.

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