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The Unmaking Of The Presidential Debate

How did an institution meant to elevate presidential campaigns end up making them even stupider than before?

October 14, 2016
Smoke rises behind the ancient castle of the rebel-controlled town of Maaret al-Numan after airstrikes in Idlib province, Syria, September 25, 2016. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

U.S., Russia Trade Blows Over Syria As Warplanes Pound Aleppo

The United States accused Russia of “barbarism” in Syria on Sunday as warplanes supporting Syrian government forces pounded Aleppo and Moscow said ending the civil war was almost “impossible”.

September 25, 2016
A front loader removes debris in a damaged site after airstrikes on the rebel held Tariq al-Bab neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria September 24, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail

Battle Rages Near Aleppo As Syria Air Onslaught Continues

Syrian government and rebel forces battled for control of high ground on the Aleppo outskirts on Saturday as warplanes bombed the city’s opposition-held east relentlessly in a Russian-backed offensive that has left Washington’s Syria policy in tatters.

September 24, 2016
syria deal

Kerry Defends Syria Deal With Russia, Says Obama Backs Plan

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday sought to diffuse criticism of a U.S.-Russian ceasefire agreement on Syria arguing that without it violence would increase significantly with many more Syrians slaughtered or forced to flee the war-torn country.

September 14, 2016
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Top Diplomats From U.S., Japan, South Korea To Meet On North Korea

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts in New York on Sunday to discuss responses to North Korea’s latest nuclear test, South Korea’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

September 14, 2016
kerry and lavrov

Kerry And Lavrov Holding Talks On Syria Ceasefire Deal

During the snap meeting, the two diplomats will hold talks on how to put an end to fighting in the war-torn country and further humanitarian aid for the Syrian people, according to the US State Department.

September 9, 2016
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Cartoon: Secretary Kerry In The Mideast

Who wants peace?

September 7, 2016
South Sudan

South Sudan Violence: Kerry Meets With African Ministers To Discuss Prevention Of Civil War

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and counterparts from six African nations met in Nairobi on Monday to discuss ways to prevent South Sudan from sliding back into civil war.

August 22, 2016
U.S. Secretary of State Kerry arrives to address a joint news conference with EU foreign policy chief Mogherini in Brussels

Kerry Continues Forward With Russia Talks On ISIS Fight

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is still pursuing an agreement with Russia on military cooperation in the fight against Islamic State in Syria despite major setbacks and skepticism from other administration officials and U.S. allies, U.S. officials with knowledge of the talks said on Friday.

August 6, 2016
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during the Oslo Forum at Losby Gods, June 15, 2016, in Finstadjordet

Kerry Confident Olympic Games Will Be ‘Safe, Sound, Secure’

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday he is confident the Olympics Games will be “safe, sound, secure” and said the United States and Brazil are working together to ensure they are. Kerry, meeting with Brazilian Foreign Minister José Serra in Rio before the opening of the Games later on Friday, told reporters he was sure Brazil will deliver “not just a great venue but a great Olympics.”

August 5, 2016
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during the Oslo Forum at Losby Gods, June 15, 2016, in Finstadjordet

Kerry: ‘The United States Does Not Pay Ransoms’

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday defended the Obama administration’s payment of $400 million in cash to Iran, denying it was a ransom for the release of American prisoners by Tehran or tied to the Iran nuclear deal. “The United States does not pay ransoms,” Kerry told a news conference in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires.

August 5, 2016
An Iranian woman walks past an anti-U.S. mural painted on the wall of the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran in a file photo. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/TIMA

One Year On, How’s The Iran Nuke Deal Doing?

A year later, the Islamic Republic is again a player on the international circuit. Tehran has hosted a steady stream of heads of state or foreign ministers, many from the West, interested in upgrading relations.

July 10, 2016
Witness to the Revolution cover

Excerpt: Witness to the Revolution: Radicals, Resisters, Vets, Hippies, and the Year America Lost Its Mind and Found Its Soul

In this special Memorial Day excerpt from Witness To the Revolution, her new oral history of the upheavals at the end of the Sixties, author Clara Bingham brings us voices of the pathbreaking protesters who stood up as Vietnam Veterans Against the War.

May 29, 2016
Boys carry boxes of biscuits near rubble of damaged buildings in Aleppo, Syria March 2, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail

‘Critical Hours’ For Aleppo As Kerry Bids To Revive Syria Truce

“These are critical hours,” Kerry said upon arriving in the Swiss city late on Sunday. He added: “We look for Russia’s cooperation, and we obviously look for the regime to listen to Russia and to respond.” The Obama administration wants Moscow, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, to put pressure on the Syrian regime to stop the bombardment of the country’s second city.

May 2, 2016

Late Night Roundup: It’s A ‘Full’ White House For Trump

Jimmy Fallon as Trump: “I have to stay in the race. Otherwise a Clinton will be in the White House again. I mean, who wants to see something from the ’90s come back in 2016?”

February 17, 2016
U.S. Foreign Secretary Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov go for a handshake before their bilateral talks in Munich

Major Powers Agree To Plan For ‘Cessation Of Hostilities’ In Syria

Kerry: “What we need to see in the next few days are actions on the ground, in the field.”

February 12, 2016
U.S. Foreign Secretary Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov gesture before their bilateral talks in Munich

Kerry Wants ‘All Or Nothing’ Truce At Syria Talks

Kerry said he expected a “serious conversation” about all aspects of what was happening in Syria.

February 11, 2016
U.S. Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter attends the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland

US To Urge Partners To Do More To Fight Islamic State Amid Complaints From Pentagon

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has been the most vocal, complaining recently that some allies are “not doing enough or doing nothing at all.”

February 2, 2016
US Secretary of State John Kerry holds up Joseph Kennedy's cane, which has been used by John F. Kennedy and Ted Kennedy, while talking about his broken leg during the 8th Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial Meeting at the Putra World Trade Center

US And China Appear To Be At An Impasse Over North Korea And The South China Sea

Experts said that China likely does not see much upside in adopting the United States’ proposed framework for dealing with Pyongyang.

January 28, 2016

Endorse This: Welcome Home, Jason Rezaian

“No other country would do so much for an ordinary citizen — and I know that.”

January 28, 2016
United States Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Mohammad Javad Zarif, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran, at the United Nations in New York

US, Iran Remain Worlds Apart On Major Foreign Policy Issues

The glow of goodwill that followed a surprise prisoner swap and the lifting of international sanctions on Iran’s nuclear program over the weekend is already being tempered by the somber realization that the Islamic Republic is not likely to change course significantly on other pressing conflicts with the West.

January 21, 2016
President Clinton visits Ron Burkle at the billionaire's Santa Monica beach house in 1997. Burkle told The Times this week in a rare interview that he's still fond of Bill Clinton, though he's skeptical of Hillary Clinton's candidacy. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Once A Clinton Insider, Mega-Donor Now Cool To Hillary

As Hillary Clinton and her surrogates scour the country for mega-donors, the one left-leaning billionaire they are not approaching is the one who knows the first couple more intimately than any of the others.

January 13, 2016

Late Night Roundup: The First African President — Donald Trump

Trevor Noah realized that Donald Trump’s campaign style is in fact very presidential — he’s just like some of the more notorious presidents from back in Trevor’s home continent of Africa.

October 2, 2015
German Foreign Minister Steinmeier and U.S. Secretary of State Kerry shake hands after a news conference upon their meeting at German foreign ministry's guesthouse Villa Borsig at lake Tegel in Berlin

Kerry Says U.S. Ready To Take More Refugees

The United States will increase the number of refugees it takes in by 15,000 over each of the next two years

September 20, 2015
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez hold a joint news conference in Havana

Kerry Urges ‘Genuine Democracy’ At U.S. Flag Ceremony In Cuba

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry declared a new era in relations, but he also urged political change in Cuba, telling Cubans they should be free to choose their own leaders.

August 14, 2015