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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

**FILE** Secretary of State John F. Kerry (Associated Press)

'Atmosphere of secrecy' pervades State Dept. office, audit finds

A key State Department bureau that manages the official face presented by the U.S. to the rest of the world is rife with management problems that have left "an atmosphere of secrecy, suspicion and uncertainty," according to a department watchdog review released Thursday. Published June 20, 2013

In this June 1, 2013, photo, a female member of the Honduras National Police takes part in a patrol with Honduras Army soldiers in a market of the John F. Kennedy neighborhood in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Senate Democrats push Obama on human rights abuses in Honduras

Senate Democrats are calling on Secretary of State John F. Kerry to take a more careful approach toward Honduras to ensure that police and military in the Central American nation are not committing human rights abuses with U.S. aid. Published June 19, 2013

** FILE ** Cuba's Fidel Castro delivers a speech during the 50th anniversary of the Committee for the Defense of the Revolution on Sept. 28, 2010, in Havana. Mr. Castro said on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, that he resigned five years ago from all his official positions, including head of Cuba's Communist Party, a position he was thought still to hold. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano, File)

U.S.-Cuba mail talks spark speculation of wider outreach

The announcement that U.S. and Cuban officials will hold landmark talks this week toward restarting direct mail service between the two nations prompted a mix of reactions on Monday on whether the Obama administration plans a broader outreach to the Castro regime in the president’s second term. Published June 18, 2013

**FILE** A man leaves a postal office in Havana on Nov. 25, 2010. (Associated Press)

U.S., Cuban postal officials to hold landmark direct talks

The announcement that U.S. and Cuban officials will hold landmark talks this week about restarting direct mail service between the two nations prompted a mix of reactions Monday on whether the Obama administration plans a broader outreach to the Castro regime. Published June 17, 2013

**FILE** House Foreign Affairs Chairman Rep. Ed Royce, California Republican, questions Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 23, 2013, about the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida Republican, listens at left. (Associated Press)

Scandal at State: Congress wants answers as fight brews over leaked IG documents

The chairman of a key House committee on Thursday demanded that the State Department's office of inspector general explain passages in internal documents that refer to pressure from department higher-ups to quash investigations into suspected criminal activity — including the solicitation of prostitutes, illegal drug activity and sexual assault — by U.S. diplomatic personnel overseas. Published June 13, 2013

**FILE** Hillary Rodham Clinton (Associated Press)

Damage control: Hillary Clinton loyalists suspected of criminal cover-ups for diplomats

Congress and the State Department's inspector general are examining allegations that senior officials working under Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton may have suppressed investigations into suspected criminal activity among U.S. diplomats abroad — including the alleged solicitation of prostitutes by an ambassador in Europe. Published June 11, 2013

According to the likely 2016 presidential matchups in a Public Policy Polling survey released Wednesday, Hillary Rodham Clinton leads among Democrats with 63 percent of the votes, well ahead of Vice President Joseph R. Biden at 13 percent and a couple of other Democrats in single digits.

State Department: No cover-up for diplomats

The State Department on Monday staunchly rejected a news report that claimed high-ranking department officials had quashed several internal investigations into allegations of sexual assault, drug dealing, prostitution solicitation and other criminal activity by American diplomatic personnel overseas in recent years. Published June 10, 2013

A Turkish protester waves a national flag with a poster of the nation's founder, Kemal Ataturk, as thousands of trade union members take part in a two-day march to Kizilay Square, the main city center in Ankara. (Associated Press)

Obama administration takes a step back after Kerry's Turkey comments

The Obama administration assumed a careful posture Wednesday toward the uprisings that have engulfed cities across Turkey, where authorities are seeking to calm protests that erupted when police cracked down on demonstrators earlier this week. Published June 6, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama talks about national security on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington. Declaring America at a "crossroads" in the fight against terrorism, the president revealed clearer guidelines for the use of deadly drone strikes, including more control by the U.S. military, while leaving key details of the controversial program secret. (Associated Press)

Obama uses executive order to expand sanctions on Iran

Amid pressure from Congress to get tougher on Iran, the White House expanded U.S. sanctions on the Islamic republic on Monday, giving broad powers to U.S. authorities to begin targeting the Iranian automotive industry — as well as those found purchasing or selling large amounts of Iranian currency in foreign banks. Published June 3, 2013

This citizen journalism image provided by Qusair Lens, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Qusair-based activist Hadi Abdullah (right) walking on a street hit by the shelling of Hezbolllah Lebanese Shiite group and the Syrian forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, in the town of Qusair, near the Lebanon border, Homs province, Syria, on May 31, 2013. Syrian troops attacked a convoy trying to evacuate the wounded from a central town near the border with Lebanon, killing many people, as rebel reinforcements infiltrated the besieged area to fight government forces backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters, activists said. (Associated Press)

Iran may be on invite list for Syria conference

The State Department confirmed Friday that U.S. officials are open to the possibility of allowing Iran to participate in an upcoming peace conference on Syria, despite the Islamic Republic's alleged support for the regime of embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad. Published May 31, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama talks about national security on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington. Declaring America at a "crossroads" in the fight against terrorism, the president revealed clearer guidelines for the use of deadly drone strikes, including more control by the U.S. military, while leaving key details of the controversial program secret. (Associated Press)

Feds say Iran's support for terrorism growing

Iran's support of international terrorism has reached levels unseen since the 1990s, but the top cadre of al Qaeda leaders have largely been decimated in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the State Department said Thursday in its latest report on worldwide terrorism. Published May 30, 2013

**FILE** Secretary of State John F. Kerry (Associated Press)

House presses Kerry for post-Benghazi disciplinary details

Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs Committee are calling on Secretary of State John F. Kerry to "detail what personnel actions" the State Department has taken following security failures in the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya. Published May 29, 2013

** FILE ** Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during an interview on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. (Associated Press/Syrian State TV via AP video)

State says Russian missile delivery shouldn't affect Syria talks

The State Department says Russia's plan to deliver advanced surface-to-air missiles Syrian President Bashar Assad's embattled government should not rule out the possibility that Moscow will work with Washington toward bringing an end to the violence in the Middle East nation. Published May 29, 2013

** FILE ** A Sunni gunman fires his machine gun during clashes that erupted between pro- and anti-Syrian regime gunmen, in the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Thursday, May. 23, 2013. (AP Photo)

Russia supplying weaponry to Syria's Assad; EU lifts ban on aiding rebels

The Obama administration responded sharply to Russia's announcement Tuesday that it will proceed with the delivery of sophisticated weapons to embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad despite the administration's attempts to get Moscow's help toward peacefully resolving Syria's civil war. Published May 28, 2013