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Blinken appears to be sailing to confirmation as Biden’s secretary of state

The nominee echoed the president-elect’s intention to rewrite Trump foreign policy, including on Iran and Cuba.
  • Jan 19, 2021

Pompeo’s last-minute actions on foreign policy will complicate Biden’s plans for a new direction

A series of policy decisions appear designed to cement administration priorities and pitch Republican voters ahead of the 2024 presidential election.
  • Jan 16, 2021

Pompeo calls on VOA to trumpet American exceptionalism as journalists at the service warn of propaganda

The secretary of state said VOA should broadcast that the U.S. is ‘the greatest nation in the history of the world,” but news veterans say the agency’s value lies in independent reporting.
  • Jan 11, 2021

On its way out the door, Trump administration names Cuba a state sponsor of terrorism

The decision is a part of a blitz of 11th-hour moves that will complicate foreign policy decisions for President-elect Joe Biden.
  • Jan 11, 2021

Biden’s NSC to focus on global health, climate, cyber and human rights, as well as China and Russia

The president-elect says his goal is to break down barriers between national security and domestic policy.
  • Jan 8, 2021

Trump administration pushes forward on $500 million weapons deal with Saudi Arabia

The deal with weapons firm Raytheon would allow for precision bombs to be produced in Saudi Arabia.
  • Dec 23, 2020

Trump’s pardon of Blackwater ‘Four’ highlights deep divisions over Iraq War

The men, all military veterans working for the private security contractor, were convicted in the deaths of 14 civilians.
  • Dec 23, 2020

Trump pardons Blackwater contractors convicted in deaths of 14 Iraqi civilians

White House statement said president’s decision was “broadly supported by the public.”
  • Dec 22, 2020

U.S. sanctions NATO ally Turkey over its purchase of Russian missile defense system

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Turkey’s possession of the system is a threat to U.S. military technology and personnel.
  • Dec 14, 2020

Trump administration to impose long-awaited sanctions on Turkey over Russian missile defense system

Ankara's purchase and testing of the S-400 system alarmed its NATO allies, and touched off demands in Washington to impose sanctions. The annoucement comes as Congress is poised to pass a defense bill that would have forced the administration's hand.
  • Dec 10, 2020