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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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Articles by Guy Taylor

**FILE** OES Assistant Secretary of State Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones at the Towards a Safer World conference in Rome, Italy. (U.S. Department of State)

State Department bureau's climate change data can't be relied upon, audit says

While President Obama is expected to tout his progress on environmental issues in Tuesday's State of the Union address, a recent government audit exposed serious organizational problems that continue to lurk beneath the surface of the administration's effort to confront climate change. Published January 28, 2014

U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Ambassador Glyn Davies listens to a reporter's question during a press conference at a hotel in Beijing, China Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. Davies on Tuesday urged North Korea to pardon imprisoned American Kenneth Bae, saying he was in poor health and needed to return home. Davies’ call for Bae’s freedom follows a news conference the missionary gave earlier this month at which he said his situation was growing more difficult. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

State Dept. confirms Kerry visit with family of Kenneth Bae

State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki confirmed on Tuesday that Secretary of State John Kerry met with the family of Kenneth Bae, the imprisoned pastor who has been in North Korea custody for months. Published January 28, 2014

As seen from the Rose Garden, President Barack Obama works at his desk in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, ahead of Tuesday night's State of the Union speech. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama’s state of the world: Freedom lost

The world has grown less free on President Obama's watch, and the U.S. has been left on the free trade sidelines as other countries have pushed bilateral trade agreements. Published January 27, 2014

**FILE** Vice President Joe Biden and Iraqi Council of Representatives Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi gesture toward their seats at the start of their meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington on Jan. 22, 2014. (Associated Press)

Iraqi leader: Nation on course for Syria-style civil war

The highest-ranking elected Sunni leader in Iraq painted a bleak picture of his nation's future Thursday, telling an audience in Washington that without serious and quick reconciliation between sectarian political parties, the country could be swallowed by a war comparable to the one now raging in Syria. Published January 23, 2014

Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem leads his delegation during a plenary session in Montreux, Switzerland, Wednesday Jan. 22, 2014. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says there is no way that Syrian President Bashar Assad can be part of a transitional government that's being discussed at an international conference aimed at ending the country's brutal conflict. (AP Photo/Gary Cameron, Pool)

Syria talks open with clash on Assad’s fate

The clash between Washington and its adversaries over whether an end to Syria's war can be achieved without the resignation of President Bashar Assad was on full display Wednesday as a long-delayed international peace conference got underway in Switzerland. Published January 22, 2014

People speak to police officers as they block a street in central Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. Opposition leader Vitali Klitschko headed for talks with the Ukrainian president on Tuesday after yet another night of violent street clashes between anti-government protesters and police. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Ukraine protesters being spied on through cell phones, reports say

Major mobile phone providers in Ukraine deny that they're working with the nation's government to spy on protesters, who've brought a fresh and intense round of pro-democracy rallies to the capital city of Kiev during recent days. Published January 21, 2014

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani sits at the 27th International Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Obama's delicate Iran policy: We want to work with you, just not that much

The Obama administration’s carrot-and-stick approach to Iran was on full display Monday, with the White House praising Tehran for progress in dismantling parts of its nuclear program — while also working successfully behind the scenes to get the Islamic republic disinvited from a Syrian peace conference. Published January 20, 2014

The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group. U.S. Navy photo.

Ominous warning: Admiral concedes U.S. losing dominance to China

While Adm. Sam Locklear said it was obvious Chinese military power is growing, he suggested it remains unclear whether China will seek in the long-term to be a hard adversary to the U.S. — so Washington should be working overtime on steering Beijing toward a cooperative security posture. Published January 16, 2014

** FILE ** Syrian President Bashar Assad. (AP Photo/SANA)

Obama administration denies talks with Syria over extremists

A top official under Syrian President Bashar Assad says operatives from several Western intelligence agencies have held discussions with the government in Damascus about how to combat Islamic extremists who have become increasingly active in Syria's civil war over the past year. Published January 15, 2014

Iraqis examine the aftermath of a bombing in Baghdad. Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Saleh Mutlaq accuses Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of fomenting sectarian violence to limit the electoral voices of Sunnis in upcoming elections and criticized the Obama administration for failing to do more for a country "destroyed" by the U.S. (Associated Press)

The U.S. is to blame for violence now spiking in Iraq: deputy prime minister

One of Iraq's top Sunni politicians on Tuesday accused Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of fomenting sectarian violence to limit the voices of Sunnis in upcoming elections, and he criticized the Obama administration for failing to do more for a country "destroyed" by the United States. Published January 14, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry, right, with with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, and U.N-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, center, on stage following the conclusion of their joint news at the US Ambassador's residence in Paris, France, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. Kerry is in Paris for meetings on Syria to rally international support for ending the three-year civil war in Syria. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

Kerry claims partial ceasefire could be in the works for Syria

Secretary of State John F. Kerry struck a note of optimism on Syria Monday, claiming that he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are discussing a partial ceasefire ahead of a major peace conference next week in Geneva. Published January 13, 2014

Speaking out: Lukman Faily, Iraqi ambassador to the United States, says the Obama administration is not as engaged in his country's future as was the Bush administration, but adds that sectarian divisions are not about to erupt into civil war. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Iraqi ambassador slams Obama, praises Bush

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: Iraq's ambassador to Washington says the Obama administration doesn't fully grasp the consequences of failing to more aggressively combat a surging al Qaeda threat inside his country, pointedly suggesting that President Obama has been less engaged with Baghdad than his predecessor. Published January 8, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference at the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. Kerry is heading to Jordan and Saudi Arabia to discuss his effort to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians, yet his conversations with the U.S. allies will undoubtedly turn to other Mideast trouble spots. Kerry said Saturday that progress is being made in the Israeli-Palestinian talks, yet key hurdles are yet to be overcome. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

Report blames rising Iraqi unrest on Prime Minister al-Maliki

At top foreign policy think tank in Washington offered an alarming assessment of Iraq's devolving security situation on Monday and lambasted the Mideast nation's Shiite Muslim prime minister for exploiting sectarian divisions in a "relentless search for power." Published January 6, 2014

White House press secretary Jay Carney listens at left, as White House National Economic Council Chairman Gene Sperling speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. With Congress back, the Senate is expected to work on a three-month extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

U.S. walks tightrope by handing arms to Shiite-led Iraq

The Obama administration's decision to provide drones and accelerate shipments of U.S. missiles to Iraq to help in the fight against resurgent al Qaeda-linked extremists added a fresh layer of complexity Monday to an already difficult relationship between Washington and the Shiite Muslim-dominated government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Published January 6, 2014

Specially designated: Doku Umarov circulated a video last summer advocating action against the Winter Olympics in Russia. (Kavkaz Center via Associated Press)

Pre-Olympics terror attacks, Boston bombings may be linked to 'Russian bin Laden'

Two suicide bombings targeting Russian civilians just weeks from the opening of Winter Olympics have renewed fears that a Chechen terrorist known as the "Russian bin Laden" may be bent on committing or inspiring more attacks on so-called soft targets, and possibly major international sporting events. Published January 1, 2014

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks against the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Intel community: NY Times wrong, al Qaeda links in Benghazi are clear

Current and former U.S. officials, congressional sources and outside analysts briefed on the attack told The Washington Times on Monday that the U.S. intelligence community's assessment about al Qaeda's links to the Benghazi tragedy has not changed. Published December 30, 2013