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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.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un appears to be testing the Trump administration in a similar way Pyongyang did during President Obama's first months in office in 2009. (Associated Press)

Trump pestered to deliver on promise to deal with North Korea

China's recent move to cut coal imports from North Korea triggered a biting reaction from Pyongyang, but it may fall far short of the tough measures Washington has called for from Beijing, as pressure mounts on President Trump to deliver on his promise to deal "very strongly" with North Korea. Published February 27, 2017

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson  arrives at Benito Juarez international Airport in Mexico City, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. (Carlos Barria/Pool photo via AP)

State Dept. pushes back against criticism of media access

The State Department is pushing back against criticism from former senior officials and journalists over the lack of press conferences and other media access at the department since Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was sworn in three weeks ago. Published February 23, 2017

Supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad celebrated a government military victory in Aleppo last month. A common enemy, the Islamic State terrorist group, has created a delicate coalition of U.S., Turkish, Russian and Iranian-backed forces, as well as moderate Sunni Muslim Arab rebels and Kurdish paramilitaries. (Associated Press)

Syria 'safe zones' for refugees pose dangers for U.S. alliances

President Trump's vision of "safe zones" for refugees fleeing the brutal violence of Syria's civil war is running into opposition from a key ally, Turkey, which is warning that the U.S.-protected areas will become havens for Kurdish militant movements that have long battled Ankara. The dispute widens deep-seated resentments between two key allies that the U.S. is relying on in the final battle to defeat the Islamic State in Syria. Published February 22, 2017

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson has little backup for a delicate diplomatic Mexico mission on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Tillerson alone at the top as key State Department jobs remain unfilled

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson heads to Mexico City for a delicate diplomatic mission Wednesday, but he is going at a moment of tremendous uncertainty back at the office, where more than dozen key assistant secretary positions are still without even a proposed nominee from the White House. Published February 21, 2017

The resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has opened up a vicious fight over the integrity of the intelligence community. (Associated Press)

Trump's clash with U.S. spy agencies spooks intelligence allies abroad

The Trump White House and the U.S. intelligence community moved closer to open warfare in the wake of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's spectacular downfall -- and the fallout is unnerving key American intelligence partners around the world, according to several high-level national security sources. Published February 15, 2017

Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami said the Trump administration's action represented "miserable and defamatory aggression." (Associated Press)

Venezuelan vice president rejects U.S. sanctions, denies 'drug kingpin' designation

Venezuela's vice president defiantly rejected U.S. sanctions identifying him as a major international "drug kingpin" Tuesday, as the White House revealed details about its first major action against the leftist South American government that President Trump vowed to get tough on during his election campaign. Published February 14, 2017

An image of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un appears in a TV news report about the country's missile launch Sunday, an early test of the Trump administration. (Associated Press)

Trump cautious in response to North Korean missile launch

The Trump administration responded cautiously Sunday to North Korea's test launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile into the sea off the isolated nation's east coast in Pyongyang's first major provocation since President Trump took office last month. Published February 12, 2017

Gen. John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, oversaw a three-month review of the situation on the ground, which triggered changes in strategy by the Pentagon and White House officials this month. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

General sees Russian meddling in Afghanistan, need for more troops to fight Taliban

Russia, Pakistan and Iran are working to "legitimize and support" the Taliban in Afghanistan, according to the top U.S. military commander in the war zone, who told lawmakers Thursday that thousands more American or NATO troops are needed to break the "stalemate" between Afghan forces and the insurgent group while the Islamic State also remains active in the nation. Published February 9, 2017

The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control said last week that a "Chinese-based network" was helping procure goods for Iran's ballistic missile program. (Associated Press/File)

Iran defies Trump's threat on missiles, puts U.S. on notice

Iranian officials responded defiantly Thursday to the Trump administration's threat to take a much tougher line over Tehran's ballistic missile tests and support for terrorism-related activities, as the White House reportedly was preparing a slate of new sanctions against the Islamic republic as early as Friday. Published February 2, 2017

Rex Tillerson speaks during a ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, where he is sworn in as Secretary of State. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Rex Tillerson arrives as 'the new guy' at the State Department

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to win the support of an uneasy State Department Thursday, asserting on arrival at department headquarters that he holds the nation's career diplomats in "high regard" and will treat them with "respect" as President Trump's top foreign policy adviser. Published February 2, 2017

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2017, file photo, Secretary of State-nominee Rex Tillerson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Trump's nomination of Tillerson for secretary of state is headed toward Senate confirmation after several Democrats crossed party lines to back the former Exxon Mobil CEO. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Tillerson confirmed, sworn in as secretary of state

The Senate voted 56-43 to confirm Mr. Tillerson as the nation's 69th secretary of state on Wednesday, with Republicans picking up three Democratic votes to pierce the minority's hoped-for united front against the former ExxonMobil CEO. Published February 1, 2017