Guy Taylor | Stories - Washington Times
Skip to content

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

Latest Podcast Episodes for Inheriting Chaos

Articles by Guy Taylor

In this Jan. 3, 2016 photo, with the aid of head lamps, rebel fighters for the 36th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or FARC, prepare a breakfast of rice, beans, sausages and coffee, in their hidden camp in Antioquia state, in the northwest Andes of Colombia. The day begins around 4:30 a.m. inside the temporary camp, home to 22 rank and file fighters, 4 commanders and 2 dogs. All rank and file are expected to share in kitchen patrol. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Obama set to announce new plan to aid Colombia after civil war

The Obama administration is poised to announced a major new aid proposal for Colombia in a bid to back the South American nation's push for a final peace accord with leftist FARC rebels after more than a generation of civil war. Published February 2, 2016

CIA Director John Brennan said last fall that while Islamic State has established itself as "the epitome of a cancer that's metastasizing," it would only take one grand operation to reestablish al Qaeda's global preeminence. (Associated Press)

West in crosshairs as Islamic State, al Qaeda battle for jihadi supremacy

Osama bin Laden's original al Qaeda network and the newer, upstart Islamic State movement are competing to outperform each other in a global battle for jihadi supremacy, fueling fears that the rivalry will mean more terrorist attacks on the U.S. and its allies until one side establishes supremacy. Published February 1, 2016

Iranian President Hasan Rouhani (right) shakes hands with Kim Yong Nam, a top North Korean leader, at the start of a meeting in Tehran on Aug. 3, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

U.S. urged to block any North Korean support for Iran nukes

The U.S. must do more to track and block companies that could be aiding the collaboration between Iran and North Korea on nuclear and military programs, according to a report published in Washington on Thursday that claims the links between the two isolated nations is deeper than commonly recognized. Published January 28, 2016

Secretary of State John Kerry's trip to Beijing this week was preceded by reports that the administration is pushing behind the scenes on China and other North Asian nations to embrace an aggressive sanctions regime that would even ban all oil exports to North Korea. (Associated Press)

John Kerry presses a reluctant China over North Korea nukes

Chinese officials say they are willing to back a harshly worded U.N. resolution condemning North Korea's latest nuclear test, but a visit by Secretary of State John F. Kerry to Beijing Wednesday revealed the Obama administration has so far failed to win Beijing's support for ramped-up economic sanctions against Pyongyang. Published January 27, 2016

For the first time, guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia are thinking about a future outside their jungle hideout. (Associated Press)

Colombia, FARC rebels nearing peace deal amid worries about aftermath

While Washington's foreign policy machine is focused elsewhere, the longest-running conflict in the Western Hemisphere may be quietly inching to a close as Colombia's government and leftist FARC rebels push to meet a self-imposed deadline for peace. Published January 25, 2016

President of the Kurdistan Regional Government Massoud Barzani (Associated Press) **FILE**

Kurdish leader calls for redrawing Mideast borders

The president of Iraqi Kurdistan says the creation of an independent Kurdish state in the Middle East is "now closer than at any other time" and is calling on world leaders to accept that the nearly century-old Sykes-Picot pact that resulted in the Mideast's current borders has failed. Published January 22, 2016

Chinese President Xi Jinping is making overtures to Middle Eastern powers regarding expanded trade. (Associated Press)

China moves to supplant U.S. as key foreign power in Middle East

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Saudi Arabia Tuesday for the first stop on a closely watched tour that will include visits to Egypt and Iran, as Beijing pushes to widen its access to Middle East oil and potentially supplant Washington as the most influential foreign power operating in the tumultuous region. Published January 19, 2016

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to the press following the COP21 United Nations conference on climate change in Le Bourget, France, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. (Mandel Ngan/Pool Photo via AP) ** FILE **

John Kerry says Iran sanctions relief 'within coming days'

The Obama administration is likely to begin lifting sanctions on Iran "within the coming days," according to Secretary of State John F. Kerry, who made no mention of Tehran's recent ballistic missile tests or other destabilizing actions during a wide-ranging foreign policy speech Wednesday. Published January 13, 2016

Secretary of State John F. Kerry learned of the incident shortly after noon as he and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter were meeting with their Filipino counterparts at the State Department. (Associated Press)

Iran seizes 2 U.S. Navy boats and 10 sailors, accuses them of 'snooping'

Iran seized control of two small U.S. Navy boats with 10 sailors aboard in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday, but U.S. officials said they were assured by Tehran that the sailors and the vessels, one of which was experiencing mechanical problems, would soon be released without harm. Published January 12, 2016

Secretary of State John F. Kerry (Associated Press/File)

Republican delays on foreign policy confirmations infuriate John Kerry

When President Obama nominated John F. Kerry to be secretary of state, it took less than five weeks for the Democrat-controlled Senate to confirm the choice. These days, however, Republicans run the chamber and are a lot less willing to sign off on any nominees -- let alone for foreign posts with an administration in its final year. Published January 11, 2016

A city employee removes wooden crosses that were placed in a plaza by organizations protesting against government inaction over the alarming murder rate in San Salvador, El Salvador, on Sept. 1, 2015. (Associated Press)

Violence surges in Central America, threatening new refugee flood

El Salvador and Honduras are locked in an unholy race for the world's highest homicide rate, with surging crime and drug violence across the region threatening to trigger an even larger surge of migrants seeking to get into the United States. Published January 10, 2016

A visitor looks at a display illustrating the damage a 1MT class nuclear weapon would cause if detonated in Seoul, at the Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. The United States, South Korea and Japan agreed to launch a "united and strong" international response to North Korea's apparent fourth nuclear test, as experts scrambled Thursday to find more details about the detonation that drew worldwide skepticism and condemnation. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

John Kerry blasts critics of Obama's handling of North Korea nuclear threat

In the wake of North Korea's claim of successfully testing a miniaturized hydrogen bomb, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry pushed back Thursday against Republican critics who've accused the Obama administration of ignoring the threat of a nuclear-armed Pyongyang. Published January 7, 2016

Some argue that Kim Jong-un's appetite for defying the international community is far greater than anything his father showed while presiding over Pyongyang's opaque dictatorship from the mid-1990s until his death in 2011. (Associated Press)

North Korea hydrogen bomb claim underscores Kim Jong-un's volatility

North Korea's surprise claim Wednesday that it detonated a miniaturized hydrogen bomb was the latest proof that regime leader Kim Jong-un is even less predictable than his unpredictable father, according to experts, who say the isolated, untested young leader poses a particularly difficult problem for the U.S. and its allies as he presses for an ever more menacing nuclear arsenal. Published January 6, 2016

This picture released by the official website of the Iranian Defense Ministry on Oct. 11, 2015, claims to show the launching of an Emad long-range ballistic surface-to-surface missile in an undisclosed location. (Iranian Defense Ministry via Associated Press) **FILE**

Iran missile bunker revelation latest blow to Obama's regional hopes

Iran's leaders on Tuesday revealed the existence of a previously undisclosed weapons bunker stocked with ballistic missiles, adding to President Obama's diplomatic headaches in the region at a time when tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia have soared to new heights. Published January 5, 2016

Ras Lanuf is home to oil refineries and storage facilities in Libya. Islamic State militants on Monday set a storage tank ablaze as they pushed eastward into the "oil crescent." (Associated Press)

Islamic State's thirst for oil highlighted by attacks in Libya

The Islamic State's main branch in Libya launched attacks Monday near a key oil export terminal on the Mediterranean, the latest in a growing offensive that national security sources say underscores the terrorist group's desire to seize lucrative territory in the war-torn North African nation to fund its global ambitions. Published January 4, 2016

Iraqi Shiite protesters chant slogans against the Saudi government as they hold posters showing Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who was executed in Saudi Arabia last week, during a demonstration in Najaf, 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. Demonstrations against the al-Nimr execution and Saudi Arabia are also being called for in the predominantly Shiite southern cities on Monday. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

Obama admin treads lightly amid Iran-Saudi friction

The Obama administration responded cautiously Monday to growing friction between Saudi Arabia and Iran, as regional tensions continued to soar around the Sunni kingdom's execution of a prominent Shiite cleric and the subsequent sacking of the Saudi embassy in Tehran. Published January 4, 2016

With a total annual budget of roughly $730 million for the government's international media operations, the U.S. is "spending a small fraction of what our adversaries are spending," said Jeff Shell, chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. (Associated Press)

Russian, Chinese propaganda muffling U.S. government's message to world

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: The U.S. government's international media operations grossly lack funding to counter effectively the rising global blitz of state-sponsored propaganda from Russia, China and other rivals, says the head of the federal board that oversees such Washington-financed outlets as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Voice of America. Published January 3, 2016