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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

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FILE - In this Friday, March 4, 2016 file photo, Russian fighter jets and bombers are parked at Hemeimeem air base in Syria. Russian warplanes have mostly stayed on the ground since the Russian- and U.S.-brokered cease-fire has begun last weekend. Russia's defense ministry said Tuesday, March 15, 2016, that the first group of warplanes stationed at the Russian air base in Syria has left for home following a pullout order from President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)

Bob Corker, key GOP lawmaker: Syria cease-fire is 'dead'

A key Republican lawmaker on foreign policy says the U.S.-backed cease-fire in Syria is "effectively dead" and that the time has come for serious debate on whatever "plan B" the Obama administration has for responding to the nation's 6-year-old civil war. Published April 21, 2016

In his most extensive public appearance in years back in April 2016, Fidel Castro told a party congress in a valedictory speech to continue fighting for their communist ideals, regardless of the fact that he, himself, is nearing the end of this life. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Cuba's Communists dig in despite Obama's outreach

Critics of President Obama's diplomatic outreach to Cuba are claiming vindication this week as the island nation's Communist Party hard-liners — cheered on by an 89-year-old Fidel Castro — moved to cement their grip on power after Mr. Castro's brother Raul steps down in two years. Published April 20, 2016

Afghan security forces inspect the site of a Taliban-claimed deadly suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday that killed 28 people. (Associated Press)

Taliban suicide attack in Kabul renews debate on Afghanistan troop cuts

A devastating Taliban suicide attack that killed at least 28 people and wounded more than 300 others Tuesday in the heart of Kabul has sent concerns soaring that Afghanistan's struggling security forces will be overmatched in the summer fighting season, which many believe will be among the bloodiest on record. Published April 19, 2016

In Geneva on Monday, U.N. Syrian Envoy Staffan de Mistura sought to counter the image of a negotiation in trouble, noting that a U.N. team would continue "technical" discussions with them in hopes of firming up a blueprint for a political transition in Syria. (Associated Press)

Syria cease-fire falters as U.S.-backed rebels attack, citing Assad violations

The Obama administration Monday rushed to shore up a faltering cease-fire in Syria, even as the very opposition rebel forces Washington backs in the conflict announced plans for more attacks in response to what it said was a wave of truce violations by the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Published April 18, 2016

Secretary of State John F. Kerry presents the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

'Global governance crisis' causes rise in human rights abuses, State Department finds

Human rights abuses by governments and nonstate actors are on the rise worldwide, according to an annual review by the State Department, which homed in on the usual suspects of Syria, Iran, China, North Korea and Russia — but also faulted allies such as Turkey and countries with warming relations with the U.S. such as Cuba. Published April 13, 2016

Ambassador Elin Suleymanov said the U.S. must deal with instability in his part of the world as tensions with Turkey and Russia heat up. (Voice of America)

Azerbaijan envoy says U.S. help needed to avert regional security meltdown

Azerbaijan's top diplomat in Washington said the U.S. must do more to deal with rising instability in his region, lest tensions that have already drawn in both Turkey and Russia spiral into more violence like the clashes that rocked the Nagorno-Karabakh region earlier this month. Published April 12, 2016

Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliye after making statements before their meeting at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, March 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Azerbaijan envoy defends country's rights record after presidential visit

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: The Obama administration's decision to meet with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on the sidelines of last month's nuclear summit has sparked a debate over the country human rights record and the decision to welcome an authoritarian leader who has drawn heat from critics -- including the U.S. State Department -- for his record back home. Published April 12, 2016

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a news conference at the conclusion of the G7 foreign ministers meetings in Hiroshima, Japan, April 11, 2016. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool Photo via AP)

G-7 ministers targeting Beijing in pre-summit planning

Secretary of State John F. Kerry and other G-7 foreign ministers took barely veiled shots at China over rising tensions in the South China Sea, warning against "unilateral" actions over clashing territorial claims in the strategic waterway and provoking an angry reaction from Beijing. Published April 11, 2016

Some see Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan using even the rumors of a military takeover as a way to consolidate his already growing powers and curb political dissent. (Associated Press)

Turkey's Erdogan uses military coup buzz to expand powers, curb dissent

Turkey's military leaders, in the face of rising speculation at home and abroad, took the extraordinary step last week of denying plans for a coup. But with domestic turmoil, a rising terrorist threat, chaos in the region and a history of military interventions in Ankara, the denials haven't quieted buzz from Washington. Published April 7, 2016

U.S. airmen prepare an MQ-9 Reaper for flight during exercise Combat Hammer, May 15, 2014, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. (U.S. Air Force)

Britain's MI6 provided crucial intel for Obama's drone war in Yemen

Britain's secretive MI6 intelligence agency and fed the CIA with essential targeting information for the Obama administration's clandestine drone campaign against the Yemen-based terror group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, according to report published Thursday. Published April 7, 2016

Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, prepares to participate in the afternoon plenary session of the Nuclear Security Summit, Friday, April 1, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Panama Papers leaks could prove damaging to Xi

Fallout from the Panama Papers global financial scandal widened Wednesday with the revelation that a number of current or former top Chinese Communist Party officials, including President Xi Jinping, reportedly have close relatives who have kept wealth in secretive offshore companies. Published April 6, 2016

FILE - This November 2005 file photo shows the death chamber at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio. As Ohio sought to justify its reasoning for shielding the names of people or companies providing lethal drugs to the prison system, it paid a security consultant who determined that identifying the suppliers would put them at risk of "harm, violence or unlawful acts of intimidation," according to newly released documents. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

Executions surging worldwide; China, Iran leading the way

The number of peopled executed by governments around the world surged in 2015, according to a report Wednesday by Amnesty International, which listed China, Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia as leading the way with the death penalty. Published April 6, 2016

State Department Under Secretary for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon, Jr., testifies at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 5, 2016, on recent Iranian actions and implementation of the nuclear deal. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Obama admin denies plan to open U.S. markets to Iran

Reports that the White House wants to open the U.S. financial system to Iran as a way to sweeten last summer's nuclear deal are "bogus," a top Obama administration official said Tuesday, telling lawmakers there simply are no plans to allow the Islamic republic access to U.S. dollars. Published April 5, 2016

Iceland Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson insisted Monday he would not resign after documents allege he used an offshore financial company as a tax haven. (Associated Press)

Panama Papers blowback rocks world capitals

A world of blowback descended on capitals from Moscow and Riyadh to Washington and Reykjavik Monday a day after the publication of the so-called "Panama Papers" exposed the offshore and potentially illegal financial dealings of dozens of wealthy, famous and powerful people around the world. Published April 4, 2016

Flare up: Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry announced a unilateral cease-fire Sunday against the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, but rebel forces said that they continued to come under fire. (Associated Press)

Azerbaijan, Armenia fight over disputed Nagorno-Karabakh territory

Clashes flared across the delicate frontline between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces Sunday, even after Azerbaijan attempted to declare a cease-fire in hopes of halting an outbreak of violence that has killed more than 30 soldiers and wounded scores of others since Saturday. Published April 3, 2016

Police guard a checkpoint during a raid in the suburb of Schaerbeek in Brussels early Friday. Six people were detained in late-night raids Thursday across the Belgian capital. (Associated Press)

Belgium ignored Turkey's warnings on Brussels suicide bomber

Major security lapses in the days and weeks before Tuesday's terrorist attacks in Brussels grew all the more glaring Thursday with the revelation that Turkish authorities had twice deported one of the suicide bombers at the center of the carnage on suspicion that he was an Islamic State foreign fighter. Published March 24, 2016

Oil producers are forecast to keep flooding the market, pulling down prices despite growing demand in the U.S. and emerging markets. (Associated Press)

Saudi Arabia-Russia oil production freeze wouldn't dent global oversupply

Global oil prices are projected to scrape along at $40 a barrel or less through 2016, continuing to hammer economies in Saudi Arabia, Russia and other nations -- and thus altering global politics -- despite the producers' efforts to limit output and counter the slump. Published March 24, 2016