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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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Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson threaded a diplomatic needle last week by backing up President Trump's strong rhetoric against North Korea and immediately adding that he didn't believe there was any imminent threat of a nuclear attack. (Associated Press/File)

Tillerson: A calm and cautious voice for a volatile foreign policy messenger

President Trump is in front of the rhetorical brinkmanship with North Korea, but it's Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson who has the tough behind-the-scenes role of managing fallout from the administration's first genuine international crisis, sparked by reports that Pyongyang may now have a nuclear bomb small enough to fit on a missile that could hit the U.S. mainland. Published August 13, 2017

North Korea says Trump 'better talk and act properly'

The rhetorical brinksmanship between Pyongyang and Washington escalated anew on Saturday, with North Korean state media circulating a report warning that the Trump administration "had better talk and act properly" unless it wants "the American empire to meet its tragic doom." Published August 12, 2017

Despite North Korean bluster that it has the ability to launch a nuclear missile at U.S. bases in the Pacific, and President Trump's heated response, diplomats and politicians countered the threat of conflict is overblown. (Associated Press)

Tillerson, Mattis back up Trump's stark warning to North Korea

The State and Defense departments provided backup Wednesday to President Trump's threat a day earlier to rain down "fire and fury like the world has never seen" if North Korea did not curb its nuclear programs, but there was little sign Pyongyang was seeking to ease its threats against the U.S. and its allies in the region. Published August 9, 2017

President Trump's intense rhetoric mirrored in a way the often apocalyptic, belligerent tone North Korea has long used to threaten its neighbors, heightening fears that the escalating rhetorical war could lead one side or the other to miscalculate. (Associated Press/File)

Trump threatens to rain 'fire and fury like the world has never seen' on North Korea

Concern of an armed clash over North Korea's nuclear weapons program reached new heights Tuesday as an angry President Trump warned that Pyongyang could soon face "fire and fury like the world has never seen" amid reports that the North has managed to build a nuclear bomb small enough to fit inside an intercontinental ballistic missile. Published August 8, 2017

Bolstered by new harsher sanctions from the U.N., the U.S. and North Korea's neighbors are joining to isolate Pyongyang over its missile program. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump hails U.N.'s vote to further sanction North Korea

The Trump administration says it has new momentum to expand international pressure on North Korea following a unanimous U.N. Security Council vote to ramp up economic sanctions as punishment for Pyongyang's recent long-range ballistic missile tests. Published August 6, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin holds an umbrella as he looks at an outdoor fitness equipment installed on the Onezhskaya Embankment in Petrozavodsk, Russia, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Europeans concerned over U.S. sanctions on Russia

Proposed U.S. legislation to expand sanctions against Russia has sparked an angry reaction in Europe, where EU officials warned Wednesday the moves could undermine the sensitive energy security relationship between Moscow and Western Europe. Published July 26, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Lebanon prime minister: 'Trump understands'

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Tuesday rejected the notion his tiny and diverse country -- home to both Sunni and Shia Muslim populations as well as Christians -- is jammed in the middle of a growing Middle East power struggle between the Sunni Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Shia-dominated Iran. Published July 25, 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump stand at attention during an official welcoming ceremony in the courtyard of the Invalides in Paris, Thursday, July 13, 2017. Trump is in Paris for a high profile two-day visit during which he will be the guest of honour of his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron at the annual Bastille Day parade. (AP Photo / Matthieu Alexandre)

Protesters set up 'No Trump Zone' in Paris

Protesters angry about President Trump's visit with French counterpart Emmanuel Macron set up a symbolic "No Trump Zone" here Thursday to kick off what activists say will be a series of anti-Trump rallies while he's in town as an honored guest at the nation's Bastille Day ceremonies slated for Friday. Published July 13, 2017

Europol director Rob Wainwright poses for a picture during an interview in The Hague, Netherlands, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. The Islamic State group is likely to carry out new attacks in the European Union in the near future, probably targeting countries that are members of the U.S.-led coalition fighting the extremist organization in Syria and Iraq, EU police agency Europol said in a report published Friday. (AP Photo/Mike Corder)

Europol's Brit top cop considers life after Brexit

It's one of those ironies that could only happen in the transnational, cross-cultural politics of the European Union: The EU's top counterterrorism cop hails from a nation that will soon no longer be part of the bloc he protects. Published July 12, 2017

A demonstrator holds a poster with a photo of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the writing "festival of democracy with special guests" as a dancing protest against the Group of 20 summit passes by the Rote Flora squat in Hamburg, Germany on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Merkel to take charge of G-20 agenda, press multilateralism message to Trump

When President Trump arrives late Thursday for his inaugural gathering of leaders from the world's 20 largest economies, he will be contending not only with Russian President Vladimir Putin in their fraught first face-to-face meeting, but also with host Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, an experienced leader who has clashed with Mr. Trump and hopes to keep the summit tightly focused on her favored agenda. Published July 5, 2017

The National Council of Resistance of Iran holds a boisterous rally each year in France with current and former U.S., European and Middle Eastern officials speaking out in support of regime change in Tehran. (Associated Press/File_

Trump's sober view of Iranian theocracy lends energy to dissident rally in France

Thousands of supporters of an Iranian dissident group rallied here Saturday for the overthrow of Tehran's theocratic regime at an event that featured speeches by several Trump administration allies -- including Newt Gingrich and Rudolph W. Giuliani -- as well as the former head of Saudi intelligence. Published July 1, 2017

South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet with President Trump to discuss a controversial U.S. missile defense system and nuclear issues with North Korea. (Associated Press)

Awkward talks ahead as Trump seeks pressure on North Korea from South's dovish president

As President Trump prepares to meet with new South Korean President Moon Jae-in for the first time, the White House said Wednesday that the U.S. has only begun to exert serious pressure on North Korea to halt its nuclear weapons program and faulted the Obama administration for not imposing stronger sanctions against Pyongyang. Published June 28, 2017