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A protester in Belarus

The President of Belarus Has Been Stalling. Now It’s Crunch Time.

A rare about-face by the embattled president and calls by the opposition for a general strike set the stage for a new phase in the two-month-old battle for the country’s political future.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett

Scholars Fear a More Nationalist Supreme Court Under Barrett

Trump’s most enduring legacy might be the long-term repudiation of international law.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the U.N. General Assembly.

Trump’s Foreign-Policy Adventures Haven’t All Flopped

For all the chaos, the Trump administration has notched some notable victories abroad. The question is whether they outweigh everything else Trump brought to Washington—and the world.

A Central American migrant and his child

The Feds Moved Migrants in Unmarked Vans Overseas

Homeland Security rented vans to illegally hustle migrants to the border—in a foreign country.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stands next to President Donald Trump as he speaks.

Pompeo’s Next Mission, Like His First: Clinton’s Old Emails

Mike Pompeo’s rush to placate Trump and release old emails from Hillary Clinton worries many in the State Department who fear both its illegality and interference in the election.

U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a full honors welcome ceremony for new Secretary of Defense Mark Esper

Trump Taps Loyalists for Top Pentagon Liaison Jobs

It risks Trump burrowing loyalists into career positions to undermine a Biden administration, multiple former officials say.

Footage of a North Korean military parade seen on television.

North Korea’s Huge New Missile Sends a Message to Washington

In the military parade celebrating the 75th anniversary of the founding of the ruling communist party, Pyongyang showed its claws and sought to bolster domestic support for the regime.

An Afghan woman holds a weapon as she stands among orphaned children at their home in the Kot district of Nangarhar province in Afghanistan on April 22, 2019.

Empire of Graveyards

Nineteen years ago, the United States began its war in Afghanistan. What is it leaving behind?

Then-Director, Joint Staff, US Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., briefs the press on the strikes against Syria, at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, on April 14. 2018.

Syria Is Still Trying to Use Chemical Weapons

And not just against civilians at home—but potentially against regional rivals.

A man wears a protective mask in Wuhan, China.

China’s Global Image Plummets After Coronavirus

A new survey shows that international opinion of China has dropped as governments continue to apply diplomatic pressure.

A protester waves a QAnon flag

QAnon’s Creator Made the Ultimate Conspiracy Theory

There’s no fact the sprawling movement can’t dismiss—and no madness it can’t imagine.

NATO leaders meet at a NATO summit in London in 2019.

Turkey’s Caucasus Adventure Risks Another Crisis in NATO

NATO allies have been at odds with Turkey for years. But Ankara’s role in the Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict is bringing matters to a head.

A fire burns in a hardware store after a rocket attack in Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, on Oct. 3.

Syrians Make Up Turkey’s Proxy Army in Nagorno-Karabakh

After fighting Turkey’s battles in Libya, the Syrian National Army is caught in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan—and dozens are dying.

U.S. President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden face off in a debate.

What Happens If a Presidential Candidate Dies Before Election Day?

Trump’s physician expressed optimism about the president’s health after he tested positive for the coronavirus. But his hospitalization brings to light new questions on what happens if a worst-case scenario hits while Americans are casting their votes.

U.S. President Donald Trump tours a factory that produces medical masks.

Will Trump’s Case of COVID-19 Endanger U.S. National Security?

Officials are warily watching for adversaries like Russia, Iran, and North Korea to exploit the moment.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo travels to Brazil.

Pompeo’s Preelection Politicking Is Wearing Thin, Even With Allies

From the Vatican to Brazil, foreign officials are getting tired of Pompeo dragging their governments into Trump’s reelection campaign.

Paramilitary police officers wear face masks and goggles amid COVID-19 concerns as they march outside the Forbidden City, the former palace of China's emperors, in Beijing on May 1.

U.S. at Risk of Being Outpaced by China, a New Intel Committee Report Finds

An assessment by the House Intelligence Committee says the United States will be hard-pressed to meet China’s multidimensional challenge if it stays in a counterterrorism mindset.

Colombian President Iván Duque shakes hand with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during the III Hemispheric Ministerial Conference of Fight Against Terrorism in Bogota, on Jan. 20, 2020.

Washington’s ‘Blind Eye’ Toward Human Rights Abuses in Latin America

Would a Biden administration put the swagger back into America’s championing of human rights in the region?

Naval Station Key West

Were They Lost Students or Inept Spies for China?

Two roommates traveling in Florida found themselves caught in the teeth of espionage fears.

President Donald Trump speaks alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The State Department’s Struggles to Diversify Just Got Harder

Trump’s executive order taking aim at diversity training could make it even harder to fix the State Department’s dismal record on inclusion.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during the 2019 International Women of Courage awards ceremony.

State Department Misled Public, Congress About Revoking Journalist’s Award for Criticizing Trump

An inspector general’s report concludes that State officials nixed a high-profile award out of fear of offending higher-ups—then lied about it.

Top U.S. arms negotiator Marshall Billingslea and Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas Bussiere

U.S. Allies Worry Trump Administration Might Let Key Nuclear Treaty With Russia Die

Internal documents acknowledge concern among allies about the expiration of the Obama-era New START accord, but U.S. negotiators are still playing hardball.

U.S. President Donald Trump sits with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

How Pompeo Blurs the Line Between Diplomacy and Politics

Pompeo's speeches in potential battleground states during official State Department trips have drawn fire from Democratic lawmakers.

El Chapo boxes of aid for the needy

How to Run a Criminal Network in a Pandemic

Drug dealers and human traffickers are upgrading their marketing and delivery services.

Then-U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speak in Washington.

Pompeo and Haley Position Themselves as the Republican Standard-Bearers After Trump

In a party turning America inward, its brightest stars built their résumés on foreign policy.

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok

U.S. and Sudan Near Pact to Compensate American Terrorism Victims

The deal could pave the way for Sudan’s removal from the U.S. State Sponsors of Terrorism list.

Malian soldiers in the capital of Mali after a military coup.

Coup Plotters in Mali Were Trained by U.S. Military

The overthrow, swiftly condemned by the U.S. government, could pose a setback in the regional fight against extremist groups.

A U.S.-made F-16V

Taiwan’s Military Has Flashy American Weapons but No Ammo

A young soldier’s suicide reveals the disastrous logistics of an undersupplied army.

Belarusian diaspora rally in Ukraine in support of protests in Belarus.

European Leaders Urge Russia Not to Intervene in Belarus

After a violent crackdown on protesters, Belarus’s leader has lost all credibility in the eyes of his people, Lithuania’s foreign minister says.

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres meets Chinese President Xi Jinping during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Sept. 3, 2018.

China’s Soft-Power Grab

Beijing is ramping up support for U.N. and a host of other international organizations, racking up more influence even as Washington is in headlong retreat.

California Sen. Kamala Harris

Biden Picks Kamala Harris as Running Mate

The California senator is the first Black and South Asian American woman to back up a major U.S. presidential ticket.

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