United States Department of State

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers remarks to the media at the State Department in Washington, March 5, 2020.

Activists sue Pompeo over commission they say could undermine human rights

The lawsuit asks that the Commission on Unalienable Rights be folded, that its records be made public, and that the Trump administration be barred from taking recommendations from the body.

Richard Holbrooke sits in a small military vehicle holding a bottle.

In ‘Our Man,’ diplomat Richard Holbrooke is both an egotist and idealist

A man holds his face in his hands as two young boys lay on a bed

US immigrant visa denials skyrocket under ‘back door’ public charge rule change

Heather Nauert and Mike Pompeo wear navy blue suits and speak with reporters inside a plane.

Trump names former news anchor as new UN ambassador

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Secretary of State Pompeo

Ex-diplomats warn Pompeo against eliminating US refugee bureau

Closeup of Ronan Farrow

Ronan Farrow: Foreign policy mistakes show US diplomacy needs reform, not reversal

Global Politics

Journalist Ronan Farrow takes a hard look at the decline of American diplomacy in his new book, “War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence.”

DHS bus

The complicated reasons why some people overstay their US visas


For some people, overstaying their visa was never the plan. Rather, it is the result of one, or several, extenuating circumstances that convince immigrants they cannot or do not want to return to their countries.

US Navy, State Department Responds

The Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich reports with the latest response from the United States officials. So far the Navy has tracked its ships and the State Department says it will offer any help it can. Also, the Navy has offered its help in locating family in Japan. People can email this address with the […]

The Secretary of State

Warren Christopher tells Steve Curwood how environmental issues have influenced US foreign policy, and describes the State Department’s role in conservation.

The World

Pentagon takes the lead on diplomacy

Global Politics

A report released today by the Center for International Policy and other think tanks says that foreign policy decision-making has gradually moved from the State Department to the Defense Department