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U.S. Africa Envoy: Ethiopia Crisis Could Make Syria Look Like ‘Child’s Play’

U.S. Africa Envoy: Ethiopia Crisis Could Make Syria Look Like ‘Child’s Play’

Sign up for Africa BriefEnter your emailBy signing up, I agree to the and and to occasionally receive special offers from Foreign Policy.The Biden administration this month brought Jeffrey Feltman, a seasoned former senior U.S. and United Nations diplomat, out of semi-retirement to assume the newly created role of special envoy for the Horn of Africa, where multiple crises threaten to unravel the entire region.U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday formally named Feltman to the post, where he will become Washington’s lead troubleshooter for a deadly conflict in the Tigray region...

Apr 26
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Has Biden Shut the Door on Open Skies?

Has Biden Shut the Door on Open Skies?

embracing Open SkiesRussian pipelineshostage talks in SyriaIf you would like to receive Security Brief in your inbox every Thursday, please sign up .Open Skies Are FallingSame as the old boss.Lying in wait.Who Is Joining Team Biden Next?New global vaccine czar.Gayle SmithFamous Amos. Amos HochsteinThree for DoD.The Week AheadSergey LavrovJohn Boehnerglobal trade agendaWhat We’re FollowingInside Syria hostage talks.Time keeps on slipping.Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, escorts incoming Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to the Pentagon on Austin’s first day in his new role...

Apr 8
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Biden’s Syria Strikes Fuel New Debate on War Powers

Biden’s Syria Strikes Fuel New Debate on War Powers

Robbie Gramer is a diplomacy and national security reporter at Foreign Policy. Twitter: Trending NowBy TaboolaMore from Foreign PolicyBy TaboolaFacing a May 1 deadline to withdraw U.S. troops, the new administration must walk a tightrope toward peace.A Syrian American doctor describes the devastation in Idlib, Syria.Held back by infighting and hard-liners on the Hill, the administration may have squandered precious time to save the Iran nuclear deal, critics say.Latest12345Voices

Feb 26
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Group of State Department Officials Call for Consultations on Trump’s Removal

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

Robbie Gramer is a diplomacy and national security reporter at Foreign Policy. Twitter: Trending NowBy TaboolaMore from Foreign PolicyBy TaboolaState Department officials expressed anger at the department’s gag order on messaging as violence wracked Washington, saying the incident has caused untold damage to U.S. efforts to promote democratic values abroad.European leaders urge Trump to finally concede the election for the sake of American democracy.The under secretary of state feared that canceling the temporary protected status for some immigrants would be a blight on U.S. foreign...

Jan 9
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State Department Office Sees Last-Minute Surge of New Evangelical Appointees

State Department Office Sees Last-Minute Surge of New Evangelical Appointees

The sweeping hires will leave the Biden administration with a depleted stable of experts on mass atrocities, including war crimes and genocide, and international justice, hampering its efforts to rebuild a department that has traditionally sought to hold the world’s worst mass murderers accountable for their crimes. However, it appears likely that incoming President Joe Biden’s State Department will be able to replace them with its own picks, as most have not served long enough to obtain permanent contracts.Colum Lynch is a senior staff writer at Foreign Policy. Twitter: Trending NowBy...

Jan 7
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Pentagon Purges Leading Advisors From Defense Policy Board

Pentagon Purges Leading Advisors From Defense Policy Board

This article is part of , Foreign Policy’s ongoing coverage of how U.S. President-elect Joe Biden builds a new White House administration—and what the new team’s policies might be.This story is based on interviews with three current and former officials. In a statement late Wednesday, the Department of Defense confirmed the decision. “As part of long-considered changes, we can confirm that several members of the Department’s Defense Policy Board have been removed,” a defense official said. “We are extremely grateful for their dedicated service, commitment, and contributions to our national...

Nov 25
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In Break From Trump, Biden Opts for Experience, Expertise for Top National Security Jobs

In Break From Trump, Biden Opts for Experience, Expertise for Top National Security Jobs

This article is part of , Foreign Policy’s ongoing coverage of how U.S. President-elect Joe Biden builds a new White House administration—and what the new team’s policies might be.Avril Haines, Director of National Intelligence.Jake Sullivan, National Security Advisor.Linda Thomas-Greenfield, United Nations Ambassador.John Kerry, Climate Change Envoy.Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security.The Biden team’s announcements signal that they are plowing ahead with the transition process despite Trump’s refusal to concede his election loss. Trump, without ever presenting any evidence,...

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Nov 23
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State Department Misled Public, Congress About Revoking Journalist’s Award for Criticizing Trump

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

Trending NowBy TaboolaMore from Foreign PolicyBy TaboolaJessikka Aro was to receive a “Women of Courage” prize. Then officials read her Twitter feed.The shock firing of the State Department’s top watchdog is raising fears that diplomats won’t be protected against political retaliation.In an interview with Congress, Linick says he was looking into private taxpayer-funded dinners at the department, among other probes.Latest12345Voices

September 25, 2020
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U.S. Allies Worry Trump Administration Might Let Key Nuclear Treaty With Russia Die

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

Jack Detsch is Foreign Policy’s Pentagon and national security reporter. Twitter: Trending NowBy TaboolaMore from Foreign PolicyBy TaboolaThe administration insists any future START treaty has to include Beijing as well as Moscow, but experts say there is almost no chance China will agree.Obama’s New START arms treaty limited Russian and American nukes. Now, U.S. officials want to rope in Beijing.U.S. defense officials, who said the move had nothing to do with German military spending, still appeared to be figuring out key details about the redeployment.Latest12345Voices

September 24, 2020
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U.S. Halts Some Foreign Assistance Funding to Ethiopia Over Dam Dispute with Egypt, Sudan

U.S. Halts Some Foreign Assistance Funding to Ethiopia Over Dam Dispute with Egypt, Sudan

But the move is likely to face sharp pushback on Capitol Hill, according to Congressional aides familiar with the matter. State Department officials briefed Congressional staff on the decision on Thursday, the aides said, and during the briefing insisted that the U.S.-Ethiopia relationship would remain strong despite a cutback in aid because the United States can have tough conversations with friends.Trending NowBy TaboolaMore from Foreign PolicyBy TaboolaThe massive Ethiopian dam is a flash point for tensions in Africa—and is now sowing confusion and discord within the U.S. government,...

August 27, 2020
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