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Guy Taylor

Guy Taylor

Guy Taylor is the National Security Team Leader at The Washington Times, overseeing the paper's State Department, Pentagon and intelligence community coverage. He's also a frequent guest on The McLaughlin Group and C-SPAN.

His series on political, economic and security developments in Mexico won a 2012 Virginia Press Association award.

Prior to rejoining The Times in 2011, his work was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Fund For Investigative Journalism, and appeared in a variety publications, from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to Salon, Reason, Prospect Magazine of London, the Daily Star of Beirut, the Jerusalem Post and the St. Petersburg Times. He's also served as an editor at World Politics Review, written for America's Quarterly and produced news videos and feature stories for Agence France-Presse.

Mr. Taylor is a graduate of Clark University. After a stint at States News Service, he spent five years at The Times from 2001 through 2006, first on the metro desk and later reporting from Iraq, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and Guantanamo Bay, in addition to pursuing special assignments throughout the U.S. He was part of a team of Times reporters who won a Society of Professional Journalists award for their coverage of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

He can be reached at gtaylor@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Guy Taylor

U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman emailed an abrupt statement to reporters in June saying he was "angered and saddened" by "baseless allegations" and had never "engaged in any improper activity." (Associated Press)

Prostitution shenanigans rock State Department

State Department managers created the appearance of giving "undue influence and favoritism" by quashing or delaying official probes into accusations of prostitution solicitation, sexual assault and document leaking by American diplomats in recent years, a report by the department's internal watchdog said Thursday. Published October 16, 2014

Extreme punishment: Public hangings of convicted criminals in Iran have risen to more than 66 per month since Hassan Rouhani, portrayed as a moderate reformer, became president in August. Rights advocates say international law is being violated. (Associated Press)

Iran executions surge amid U.S. nuclear talks

Iran's abuse of human rights, including the hangings of hundreds of dubiously convicted citizens — in several cases minors — has soared over the past year, even as the Obama administration has yielded to Tehran's demand for an extension in precarious international talks over the Islamic republic's disputed nuclear program. Published October 14, 2014

Turkish officials on Monday denied the existence of a deal to allow U.S.-led forces battling the Islamic State to conduct operations from bases inside Turkey, such as Incirlik. This made for an awkward situation for National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice, who announced such a cooperation ahead of an international strategy session. (associated press)

Turkey denies U.S. base deal in place for battle against Islamic State

Turkish officials on Monday denied the existence of a deal to allow U.S.-led forces battling the Islamic State to conduct operations from bases inside Turkey — an awkward blow for the Obama administration after National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice announced the cooperation ahead of an international strategy session in the fight against the extremists. Published October 13, 2014

In this July 27, 2013, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un waves to war veterans during a mass military parade celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

Out or gout? Suspicion behind missing North Korean dictator

While some in Washington's national security community believe North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been pushed aside by a secret coup, the leading theory among intelligence officials is that the young dictator has disappeared from public view because he is bedridden with a bad case of gout brought on by heavy smoking and too much caviar. Published October 8, 2014

INSIDE JOB: The World Bank, which usually has to defend itself from demonstrators outside during its annual meetings, got an unexpected revolt Tuesday when staff members gathered in the lobby to protest hefty bonuses for top managers and aggressive cost-cutting elsewhere.

World Bank workers turn on bosses, protest pay cuts and executive bonuses

The World Bank has been the go-to financier for developing nations for decades. But now its own employees are staging a rich-nation protest reminiscent of Occupy Wall Street, voicing outrage that top managers got hefty bonuses while pushing an aggressive cost-cutting agenda expected to include salary reductions and layoffs for lower-level staff. Published October 7, 2014

Hong Kong becomes a fresh foreign policy puzzle for Obama

Massive pro-Democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong teetered on the brink of violence Friday, putting the Obama administration in an increasingly precarious position over whether or not to take an aggressive public stand behind the protesters by warning Chinese authorities against violently crushing the movement. Published October 3, 2014

David H. Petraeus, former Army general and head of the Central Intelligence Agency, speaks at the annual dinner for veterans and ROTC students at the University of Southern California, in downtown Los Angeles on March 26, 2013. It marked Petraeus' first public remarks since he retired as head of the CIA after an extramarital affair scandal (Associated Press) **FILE**

Petraeus says Iraq ground troop decision a matter of numbers

Former CIA director David H. Petraeus said Thursday that U.S. ground troops may still be needed to destroy Islamic State extremists in Iraq, but the Obama administration's current strategy of only deploying advisers to the war zone has "a reasonable chance of success" without a large number of American boots on the ground. Published October 2, 2014

This May 24, 2012, file photo shows some of about 500 miles worth of coated steel pipe manufactured by Welspun Pipes, Inc., originally for the Keystone oil pipeline, stored in Little Rock, Ark. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

Council on Foreign Relations report calls for Keystone approval

Rather than pivot to Asia, U.S. policymakers should be focusing on a pivot to North America by deepening economic ties with Canada and Mexico and getting serious about swiftly approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, according to a report released Thursday by the Council on Foreign Relations. Published October 2, 2014

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. By President Barack Obama’s own admission, the U.S. bombing campaign against militants in Syria could help President Bashar Assad cling to power. Critics say Obama’s strategy does little to address the conditions that have allowed the Islamic State group to thrive and could leave Syria a hotbed for extremism.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

U.S. intel disputes Obama claim on Islamic State

U.S. policy leaders, including President Obama, were repeatedly warned for more than a year by the U.S. intelligence community that the Islamic State terror group was gaining significant strength in Syria and was on the verge of seizing territory deep inside Iraq, where the military was struggling to respond. Published September 29, 2014

Despite the Obama administration's  lacking a clear strategy for North Korea, Seoul Mayor Park Won-Soon hopes the U.S. can steer Pyongyang to openness. (Keith Lane/Special to the Washington Times)

Likely next Korean president presses Obama on Pyongyang nukes

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon, whom polls suggest will someday become South Korea's president, says the Obama administration has been too passive in dealing with North Korea, leaving the region without a clear strategy for steering the pariah nation away from making nuclear weapons. Published September 25, 2014

President Barack Obama, flanked by Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Adviser Susan Rice, speaks  during his meeting with the representatives of Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, United Arab Emirates and Iraq in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. Obama met with the five Arab nations who participated in strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria. US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power is next to Kerry. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Feds name 11 backers of terrorist organizations

Bolstering the growing air and ground assault against Islamic State and al Qaeda operatives in Syria and Iraq, the Obama administration named 11 new global terrorism suspects Wednesday, claiming that each has played a role in helping to finance and provide foreign fighters for the extremist movements in the Middle East. Published September 24, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, shakes hands with United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed before a meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Fears grow that Obama has 'paper coalition' in Arab world

The coalition of Arab nations that joined the U.S.-led air campaign in Syria signaled a new war on terror phase in which the Sunni Muslim-led states of the region are showing unprecedented willingness to take on Sunni Muslim extremists in their midst. Published September 23, 2014

In this photo released by the U.S. Navy, the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea launches a Tomahawk cruise missile at Islamic State group positions in Syria as seen from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush on the Arabian Gulf on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. Syria said Tuesday that Washington informed President Bashar Assad's government of imminent U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State group, hours before an American-led military coalition pounded the extremists' strongholds across northern and eastern Syria.(AP Photo/Eric Garst, U.S. Navy)

U.S. conducted secret strike in Syria away from Arab allied support

While a coalition of U.S. and Arab military forces struck at Islamic State targets inside Syria on Monday night, the Pentagon also engaged in a U.S.-exclusive action targeting a little-known al Qaeda-aligned group that U.S. officials say is plotting an "imminent attack" against the United States. Published September 23, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry opens a meeting on Iraq at the U.N. Security Council, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Kerry touts coalition for Islamic State fight, says 'We'll see what happens' with Turkey

Secretary of State John F. Kerry says there is a role for nearly every nation in the world — including Iran — in the fight against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, asserting that so far "more than 50 countries have come forward with critical commitments" to a growing international effort to crush the extremist movement. Published September 19, 2014