Karen DeYoung

Washington, D.C.

Associate editor and senior national security correspondent

Education: University of Florida, BS in journalism, 1971

Karen DeYoung is associate editor and senior national security correspondent for The Washington Post. In more than three decades at the paper, she has served as bureau chief in Latin America and London and as correspondent covering the White House, U.S. foreign policy and the intelligence community. She has been assistant managing editor for national news, national editor and foreign editor. She has won numerous awards for national and international reporting and is the author of “Soldier,” a biography of Colin Powell.
Latest from Karen DeYoung

Biden envoy makes the case for Iran nuclear deal as prospects fade

“The military option cannot resolve this issue” and prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, Robert Malley told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Wednesday. “There is no military response...we’ve heard this repeatedly,” including from Israel, he said. “The only option here is the diplomatic one.”

May 25, 2022

Russian foreign minister tries to keep the Kremlin’s few allies onside

Before the Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was one of the world’s most well-traveled diplomats, but his world has shrunk in the last three months.

May 19, 2022

Biden administration begins easing restrictions on Venezuelan oil

The move, which will allow Chevron to begin negotiating with the government of Nicolás Maduro, is aimed at promoting talks between the Venezuelan government and the U.S.-backed opposition.

May 17, 2022

Biden to lift some Trump-era restrictions on Cuba

The Biden administration is lifting restrictions on Cuba, including some aspects of travel to the island, caps on remittances and the issuance of at least 20,000 immigrant visas annually.

May 16, 2022

Biden-hosted Americas summit facing boycott over invitation list

In a potential embarrassment for his administration, a growing number of hemispheric leaders have said they will not attend an Americas summit, to be hosted by President Biden next month in Los Angeles, if the meeting excludes Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.

May 11, 2022

As war grinds on, the definition of victory remains murky

The contours of a Russian loss remain as murky as a Ukrainian win. And as the conflict heads into what is likely to be a protracted fight, the need to manage NATO unity and public opinion here and abroad — balancing the probable with the possible — has become as much a priority as what is happening on the battlefield.

May 7, 2022

Kyiv strikes during Guterres visit draw anger, as arms flow to Ukraine

With Western military aid flowing into Ukraine, a Pentagon official said Russia’s assault on the Donbas is meeting strong resistance.

April 29, 2022

U.S., allies promise to keep backing Ukraine in its war with Russia

The United States’ top defense officials on Tuesday urged more nations to provide more weaponry, at a faster pace, to Ukraine as it prepares for the next phase of its defense against Russian aggressors.

April 26, 2022

‘Putin never imagined’ global rally of Ukraine support, defense secretary says

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is in Germany meeting defense officials from more than 40 NATO and non-NATO countries.

April 26, 2022

Experts urge return to Iran nuclear deal as prospects dim

Forty former government officials and nonproliferation experts urged President Biden to complete negotiations, warning that Tehran is a week or two away from producing sufficient weapons-grade uranium to fuel a bomb.

April 25, 2022