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No. 2 U.S. Diplomat To Retire

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The second-highest ranking American diplomat is retiring this fall after a 32-year career in the foreign service that included sti...

U.S. Official Meets With Jailed Senior Muslim Brotherhood Leader

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI and MAGGIE MICHAEL | Posted 10.05.2013 | World

CAIRO — Top U.S., European and Arab envoys visited a jailed Muslim Brotherhood leader Monday on a mission to ease tensions between Egypt's milit...

Kerry's Deputy Sees 'Reduced Accountability' of Career Employees (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

The recent problems with accountability and responsibility at the State Department are rooted in an "inflation" of high-level political positions, which has reduced significantly accountability among lower-level career employees.

'Fair Weather' Friends of Syria

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 02.12.2013 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

The Syrian refugee crisis is, by any objective measure, an international humanitarian catastrophe, and the all-too-belated and by any standard paltry international response is one reason why so many Syrians are so furious with the west's measured indifference.

Top U.S. Official To End Memorial Official In Libya

AP | ESAM MOHAMED | Posted 11.20.2012 | World

TRIPOLI, Libya — The deputy U.S. secretary of state attended a memorial service in Tripoli on Thursday for the American ambassador to Libya and ...

Libya Laments, Apologizes For Chris Steven Death

Reuters | Posted 11.20.2012 | World

TRIPOLI, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Libya apologised on Thursday to visiting U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns for an attack on the U.S. consula...

Tom Donilon: The Last Best Hope to Help Obama Make Vital Strategic Leaps

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

After the announcement that Tom Donilon would succeed General Jim Jones as President Obama's National Security Adviser, Donilon went from being the busiest man in the White House to the even-busier busiest man. This is good, and bad, news.

Clinton Cancels Overseas Travel Due To Arm Injury

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is canceling plans to attend international meetings in Italy and Greece this week as she ...

India-US Military Partnership Enters Next Phase

Global Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By Jason Overdorf | GlobalPost NEW DELHI -- With India's new government firmly in place, a top U.S. envoy landed in New Delhi Wednesday to discuss ...

Engaging Russia: Energy Could Still Be the Answer

Macha Levinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Macha Levinson

Russia needs Western know-how and financing to exploit its vast energy resources. And the US needs new energy suppliers until country is effectively weaned off foreign oil.

British Council Closes Culture Center In Iran, Local Staff 'Intimidated'

The Guardian | Julian Borger, Diplomatic Editor | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The British Council has stopped work in Iran because of "intimidation and harassment" of its staff by the Iranian government, it will be announced tod...

Bush Administration To Join Iran Nuke Talks

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — For now, the Bush administration has chosen compromise over confrontation in dealing with Iran's disputed nuclear program with a dr...

Bush Administration Sending Senior Envoy To Switzerland Talks With Iran

Washington Post | Glenn Kessler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Bush administration will send a senior envoy to international talks this weekend with Iran about its nuclear program, in what U.S. officials descr...