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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.

U.S. President Joe Biden greets Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry

Why Biden Has a Better Shot at Saving the Climate Than Obama Did

He has a lot more nations and interest groups on his side, and this time the promise of millions of new clean jobs is real.

Then-U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the National Press Club in Washington on Jan. 12.

No Amount of Swagger Can Dress Up Pompeo’s Legacy

The outgoing secretary of state prioritized his political ambitions over America’s interests.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife, Susan

Congress Will Continue Probing Pompeo’s Military Housing Long After He Departs State

Internal emails reveal Pompeo may have benefited from tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds for upkeep at his residence.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson

Biden to Tap Seasoned Former Diplomat to Oversee Southern Border Policy

Roberta Jacobson, a former U.S. ambassador to Mexico, will join the NSC and help oversee an anticipated U-turn in U.S. policy on migration and asylum.

U.S. President Donald Trump

Trump Mounts Last-Minute Attempt to Starve Funding for Foreign Aid, Global Vaccine Efforts

But congressional sources say it’s highly unlikely lawmakers will cut billions of dollars of already appropriated funding.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

‘Stop F—ing Lying’: Congress, Trump Officials in Heated Exchange Over Terrorism Designations

Congressional overseers are livid that the administration made major policy changes without prior formal consultations.

Rex Tillerson testifies during his confirmation hearing to be U.S. secretary of state before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington on Jan. 11, 2017.

‘We’re in a Worse Place Today Than We Were Before He Came In’

Former U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the mess Donald Trump is leaving behind.

U.S. President Donald Trump listens as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks

Group of State Department Officials Call for Consultations on Trump’s Removal

Second dissent cable directed at Pompeo also rebukes the secretary of state for not forcefully condemning the president.

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump storm the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6.

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