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Biden Orders Intelligence Inquiry Into Origins of the Coronavirus

The intelligence on the three workers came from outside the United States intelligence agencies’ own collection, which means its veracity is more difficult to authenticate.…

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How the G.O.P. Lost Its Clear Voice on Foreign Policy

For decades, Senator Lindsey Graham traveled the world with his friend John McCain, visiting war zones and meeting with foreign allies and adversaries, before returning…

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After Backing Military Force in Past, U.S.A.I.D. Nominee Focuses on Deploying Soft Power

WASHINGTON — Near the end of the 2014 documentary “Watchers of the Sky,” which chronicles the origins of the legal definition of genocide, Samantha Power…

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State Dept. Reverses Trump Policies on Reproductive and Religious Freedoms

WASHINGTON — Women’s access to contraceptives and reproductive care is a global human right that will be monitored by the United States, Secretary of State…

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With an Eye on 2024, a Rarely Bashful Pompeo Grows More Combative

WASHINGTON — As secretary of state during the Trump administration, Mike Pompeo had little regard for his job’s genteel diplomatic protocols, routinely throwing verbal punches…

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Under Biden, Diplomacy Is an Attractive Career Again

Ismaila Whittier, a graduate student at the Harvard Kennedy School, remembers the moment he applied to become a Foreign Service officer, propelled in part by…

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Biden Defines His Underlying Challenge With China: ‘Prove Democracy Works’

WASHINGTON — At the end of a winding answer on Thursday about competing with China and about his relationship with Xi Jinping, a man he…

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As Biden and Xi Begin a Careful Dance, a New American Policy Takes Shape

Mr. Biden’s team promises a different approach — one that is exploring, for example, ways of organizing Western democracies to draw on American open-source software…

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