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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.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a welcoming ceremony.

Can Biden Solve the North Korea Puzzle?

Biden opened the door for talks with Kim Jong Un, but Pyongyang is playing hard to get.

Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko speaks.

Defiant Belarus Snubs U.S. Ambassador

As relations between the West and Belarus crash, the U.S. envoy is barred from entering the country.

U.S. President Joe Biden meets with officials at the White House to discuss migration issues.

Biden to Tap Career Diplomat as Top Official on Refugee Policy

And the president is set to announce nominees for two senior USAID posts.

The Department of State

State Rolls Out Medical Pilot Program to Find Causes of ‘Havana Syndrome’

U.S. still grappling with how to respond five years after first reports of suspected microwave attacks in Havana.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a meeting in Iceland.

Are Special Envoys All That Special Anymore?

New envoys are cropping up even as ambassador posts sit empty.

Protesters gather during a Black Lives Matter protest.

Blinken Authorizes U.S. Embassies Worldwide to Display BLM Flags

A new directive comes while the United States commemorates the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder.

Ethiopian refugees from the Tigray conflict gather at a camp in Sudan.

Biden Administration Plans Visa Restrictions on Ethiopian Officials Over Tigray

Imposing visa restrictions on officials signals the start of a major U.S. policy shift.

With the help of an interpreter (center), an Afghan National Army doctor (left) speaks with a U.S. Army advisor.

Inside Washington’s Fight to Save Afghans Who Saved Americans

Afghan interpreters were promised U.S. visas. Now, red tape may cost them their lives.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a meeting in Kyiv on May 6.

In Kyiv, Blinken Shows a New Face for the U.S.

After Trump, Biden’s top diplomat works to patch up relations with Ukraine—and with beleaguered U.S. diplomats

An electoral agent arranges ballots.

Why Did Washington Let a Stolen Election Stand in the Congo?

If the Biden administration wants to advance democracy around the world, it needs to fix U.S. diplomacy first.

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.

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