U.S. State Department

Then-U.S. Ambassador to Malta Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley

State Dept. Out to Tackle Diversity Failings With New Appointment

Career diplomat Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley will be tasked with reversing the department’s record of big promises and little results.

Christine Schraner Burgener arrives at Sittwe Airport in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

The End of Quiet Diplomacy in Myanmar

The U.N. dials up the pressure campaign against Myanmar’s putschists.

Pilot at LaGuardia Airport in New York

Biden Needs to End His Staff Travel Ban Now

Only three top State Department officials have been allowed to travel abroad. That’s no way to preserve U.S. interests.

Jeffrey Feltman speaks at the United Nations.

Biden Eyes Former Top U.N. Official for Horn of Africa Envoy

Washington wants a seasoned point person for the brewing crises in East Africa.

Antony Blinken speaks at his Senate confirmation hearing.

Democrats Push Biden to Ramp Up Spending on Diplomacy and Aid

A $12 billion funding boost aims to reverse some of the Trump damage.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken with President Joe Biden

Officials Blame Election Drama for Biden’s Slow Staffing

Lawmakers want Biden to speed up filling senior diplomatic posts.

U.S. soldiers stand outside the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

New Bill Takes Aim at State Department’s ‘Bunker Mentality’

Benghazi cloistered U.S. diplomats. Lawmakers want to change that.

Ethiopian soldiers at a refugee camp in Tigray.

UNDP Memo Echoes Ethiopian Talking Points on Tigray

Agency memo sidesteps questions around government’s role in Tigray.

Then-U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on the Islamic State terror group.

State Department Floats Plans to Reshuffle Counter-Islamic State Envoy Office

The proposed move has sparked internal debates over the future of U.S. counterterrorism efforts.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken holds his first press briefing at the State Department in Washington, on Jan 27.

How to Do Diversity Reforms Right

Decades of attempts to remodel the State Department haven’t worked—here’s why and how to do better this time.

Gas pipes at a German port

Russian Pipeline Project Tests Biden’s Relations With Russia, Germany—and Congress

Torn between mending ties with Germany or Republicans in Congress, the Biden administration takes a softer line on Nord Stream 2 than some lawmakers expected.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken speak at the State Department.

Biden Mulls Special Envoy for Horn of Africa

The post, if created, would bring more diplomatic firepower to the brewing crisis in Ethiopia as members of Biden’s cabinet and other senior State Department nominees await confirmation.

Muslim Uighurs hold placards as they demonstrate in front of the Chinese Consulate in Istanbul after China announced the ratification of an extradition treaty with Turkey on Dec. 30, 2020.

The United States Should Give Fleeing Uighurs a Home

It’s time for Washington to build on the momentum of the State Department’s genocide declaration and prioritize Uighurs for resettlement.

U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Secretary of State George Shultz at the London Economic Summit on June 8, 1984.

Was George Shultz America’s Best Secretary of State?

Reagan’s top diplomat ended the Cold War and reshaped the world.

Brian Nichols, then ambassador to Peru, speaks at an event.

Biden Eyes Career Diplomat as Top Envoy for Latin America

Brian Nichols, currently the U.S. ambassador to Zimbabwe, has experience throughout Latin America.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield answers questions during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington on Jan. 27.

Gumbo Diplomacy Comes to Turtle Bay

Linda Thomas-Greenfield is set to take center stage at the United Nations.

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