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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

Partisan political drama puts ‘Asia pivot’ in jeopardy

A senior State Department official told Congress on Tuesday that the partisan political drama unfolding around Washington's current budget fight does not bode well for the Obama administration's "Asia pivot." Published February 26, 2013

Fidel Castro (left) and his brother, Raul, have been the only two rulers Cuba has known since 1959. Raul, the current Cuban president, said Sunday that he will relinquish power by the end of his recently begun five-year term. The U.S. State Department met the news with a lukewarm reaction. (Associated Press)

Obama administration tepid on end to Castro reign

The Obama administration reacted skeptically Monday toward the news out of Cuba that nearly a half-century of Castro rule will officially come to an end by 2018. Published February 25, 2013

Secretary of State John Kerry delivers his first foreign policy speech on Feb. 20, 2013, in Old Cabel Hall at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. (Associated Press)

Syria divide casts shadow over Kerry-Lavrov meeting

One of the more delicate moments of Secretary of State John F. Kerry's diplomatic tour of Europe and the Middle East this week is likely to occur when he sits down Tuesday with longtime Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Published February 22, 2013

Cuban President Raul Castro (front left) talks with Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (fifth from left), Vermont Democrat, and members of his delegation at Revolution Palace in Havana on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Juventud Revelde, Estudios Revolucion)

Obama urged to take lead on easing Cuba policy

The Obama administration should — and has the legal authority to — use its executive power to begin lifting the decades-old embargo on trade with Cuba, according to two new papers this week issued by an influential Latin America think tank and a leading Cuban exile group. Published February 21, 2013

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Kerry warns budget-cutters

Secretary of State John F. Kerry made an aggressive plea on Wednesday for Americans to stand up against spending cuts to the nation's foreign policy budget, calling Washington's continued and deep engagement in world affairs a "necessity" for the "sake of the safety and economic health of our country." Published February 20, 2013

**FILE** In this image taken from an Algerian TV broadcast on Jan. 20, 2013, the aftermath of a hostage crisis at the remote Ain Amenas gas facility in Algeria is seen. Algerian special forces stormed the plant to end the four-day siege, moving in to thwart what government officials said was a plot by the Islamic extremists to blow up the complex and kill all their captives with mines sown throughout the site. (Associated Press/Algerie TV via Associated Press TV)

State Dept. warns against travel to Algeria

The State Department issued a fresh warning against travel to Algeria on Tuesday, one month after Islamic militants killed dozens of hostages at a natural gas plant, including three Americans, in the North African nation. Published February 19, 2013

Malian soldiers man a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Gao, Mali, on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. French soldiers on Wednesday recovered an enormous stash of explosives that authorities believe radical Islamic fighters were using to make bombs for attacks on northern Mali's largest city, a Malian military spokesman said. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Mali faces long-term threat, House panel is told

French forces have quickly dislodged terrorist enclaves from the West African nation of Mali, but U.S. authorities "remain concerned about the continued presence of terrorist and extremists groups, including al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb," a high-ranking State Department official told Congress on Thursday. Published February 14, 2013

Government won't probe of DEA raid in Honduras

Despite pleas from liberal lawmakers on Capitol Hill, the State and Justice departments have no intention of investigating purported human-rights violations and misconduct by Drug Enforcement Administration agents in Honduras, The Washington Times has learned. Published February 12, 2013

Secretary of State John Kerry holds a bilateral meeting with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird on Feb. 8, 2013, at the State Department in Washington. (Associated Press)

Kerry skirts question on arming Syrian rebels

Secretary of State John F. Kerry brushed aside questions Friday about why President Obama refused to embrace a plan from top advisers to send weapons to rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad, saying he instead wants to look ahead to future policy challenges. Published February 8, 2013

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

Kerry takes stiff stance on Iran's nuclear program

Secretary of State John F. Kerry struck a tough note Friday on Iran, saying that there is still a chance for diplomacy but that the administration is "prepared to do whatever is necessary" to deny the regime nuclear weapons. Published February 8, 2013

Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta (left) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey (right) testify Feb. 7, 2013, on Capitol Hill before the United States Committee on Armed Services to answer questions on the Department of Defense response to the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Obama punted to Panetta for U.S. response to Benghazi attack

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta on Thursday revealed he personally broke the news to President Obama that the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, was under attack last year — but he and the president didn't speak the rest of the night as the assault on the compound unfolded. Published February 7, 2013

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta will testify to a Senate panel that hopes to get satisfactory answers Thursday to questions about the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya. (Associated Press)

Still seeking Benghazi answers, Senate panel to quiz Panetta

The Obama administration's handling of the deadly September attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, faces another congressional grilling when outgoing Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta testifies Thursday on Capitol Hill. Published February 6, 2013

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

Kerry calls out EU for keeping Hezbollah off terror list

Secretary of State John Kerry praised Bulgarian authorities Tuesday for conducting a "thorough and professional investigation" and determining that the Shi'ite Islamist group Hezbollah was responsible for deadly terrorist attack in their country last year. Published February 5, 2013

New Secretary of State John F. Kerry is greeted by State Department staff as he arrives during a ceremony welcoming him as the 68th secretary of state on Monday. He succeeds Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Cabinet post. (Associated Press)

Kerry notes he has 'big heels to fill' after Clinton

Newly confirmed Secretary of State John F. Kerry struck a humble and jocular tone on arriving at the State Department Monday for his first full day in the post held by Hillary Rodham Clinton over the past four years. Published February 4, 2013

Sen. John F. Kerry (second from left) arrives alongside outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (second from right), Sen. John McCain (right) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (left) for his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to be the next secretary of state, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. Mr. Kerry, the committee's chairman, is expected to receive overwhelming support from his colleagues. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Kerry to face Clinton's ongoing popularity at State Department

Secretary of State John F. Kerry will be confronted by a daunting task Monday when he arrives at Foggy Bottom: winning over the rank-and-file diplomats at the State Department, where the outspoken love for Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former secretary, remains on full display. Published February 3, 2013

In this image made from video, emergency personnel are seen in front of a side entrance to the U.S. Embassy following a blast, Ankara, Turkey, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. Turkish news reports say an explosion in front of the U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara has injured several people. (AP Photo/NTV)

Marxist group suspected behind U.S. Embassy attack in Turkey

The State Deparment said Friday that the suicide bombing targeting the U.S. embassay in the Turkish capital of Ankara could have caused significantly more damage were it not for the tight security protocols in place at the facility. Published February 1, 2013