Missy Ryan

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering diplomacy and national security

Education: Georgetown University, BA in English; Harvard University, master's in public policy

Missy Ryan writes about diplomacy, national security and the State Department for The Washington Post. She joined The Post in 2014 to write about the Pentagon and military issues. She has reported from Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Mexico, Peru, Argentina and Chile.
Latest from Missy Ryan

U.S. rebuffs cease-fire calls in its strategy for Ukraine resilience

Antony Blinken also described Russia's “strategic failure” in Ukraine, which he said has isolated Moscow, weakened its economy and exposed the weakness of its military.

June 2, 2023

Britain’s defense chief, a contender to run NATO, lays out his vision

In an interview, British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace says the alliance must press its members to spend more on defense if Russia is to remain contained.

June 2, 2023

NATO nations look past Ukraine offensive to long-term deterrence pacts

The evolving security proposals would represent an alternative to the divisive prospect of granting Ukraine’s admission into NATO in the near term.

June 1, 2023

U.S. scolds China for refusing to talk after midair military encounter

Secretary of State Antony Blinken called last week’s incident "dangerous" and an example of why the two powers must have "regular, open lines of communication."

May 31, 2023

U.S. to Turkey: It’s time for Sweden to join NATO

While NATO members cemented the accession of Finland this spring, Turkey and Hungary have so far declined to ratify Sweden’s membership.

May 30, 2023

‘Betrayed and let down’: Syrians angry as Assad is welcomed back to Arab fold

President Bashar al-Assad was welcomed back to the Arab League on Friday, “as if the past 12 years of suffering and bloodshed never occurred,” one Syrian said.

May 20, 2023

Arab embrace of Assad underscores divergence with U.S. over Syria

Officials in Washington insist that U.S. sanctions on Syria will remain, and that a regional rapprochement isn’t a sign of waning influence in the Middle East.

May 19, 2023

NATO races to bridge divisions over Ukraine membership

Discussions have intensified in the weeks before NATO leaders gather to cement plans for strengthening the alliance's defenses against Russia.

May 14, 2023

South Africa scolds U.S. ambassador over Russian arms claim

The flap highlights ongoing tensions between the United States and some of its partners in the developing world over the war in Ukraine.

May 12, 2023

South Africa loaded weapons onto Russian vessel, U.S. envoy says

The ambassador said weapons and ammunition were loaded onto the ship, the Lady R, which docked at the Simon's Town naval base outside Cape Town, in December.

May 11, 2023