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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

Obama, Romney unlikely to share Bush's space-travel ambitions

Advantageous as it may have been for a standing Republican president to have dreamed of the moon two elections ago, it's a call unlikely to emerge this campaign season from either President Obama or Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Published September 9, 2012

** FILE ** A small group of Nepal Youth Front, the student organization of Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist), hold their flags and shout slogans during a protest against the hike of fuel prices in Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. The state-owned Nepal Oil Corp. Sunday announced the rise in prices, which came into effect Monday. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

State Department drops Maoists from terrorist watch list

The State Department on Thursday removed the Communist Party of Nepal from the U.S. list of terrorist organizations on grounds the Maoist group has abandoned its militant past in favor of "engagement in peaceful political dialogue in Nepal." Published September 6, 2012

Amjad Al-Saleh, a Syrian child suffering from food poisoning, is comforted by his mother as they take refuge at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing near Azaz, Syria, on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, in hopes of entering a refugee camp in Turkey. The Al-Saleh family left their home in Marea, Syria, 11 days before when government forces shelled their house. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

U.S. provides more aid for Syrian refugees

The United States is adding $21 million to its humanitarian aid package for people displaced by violence in Syria, U.S. officials said Wednesday amid U.N. reports that more than 100,000 Syrians fled to neighboring countries in August. Published September 5, 2012

A Syrian child who fled her home in Aleppo with her family because of fighting between the rebels and the Syrian army, rests Wednesday at a school where she and her family took refuge, in Suran, Syria. (Associated Press)

Turkey, Egypt hit Assad for 'terrorism'

Regional calls for the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad reached new heights Wednesday, with Turkey describing the Assad regime as "one of state terrorism" and Egypt asserting that Mr. Assad should learn from the "recent history" of deposed Arab dictators and step down. Published September 5, 2012

Mexican President Felipe Calderon delivers his state-of-the-nation address to Congress in Mexico City on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

Mexico’s Calderon hails economic legacy, drug fight in last address

Outgoing Mexican President Felipe Calderon used his final State of the Union address to defend his administration’s bare-knuckle war on drug cartels, asserting that 22 of the nation’s 37 most wanted criminals have been “neutralized” since he took office six years ago. Published September 4, 2012

** FILE ** Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, makes a statement from a balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

State Dept. hits Assange's 'wild assertions'

The State Department on Monday accused WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of making "wild assertions" about the United States in an attempt to divert attention from Sweden's investigation into whether he should be charged with rape. Published August 20, 2012

**FILE** U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks Aug. 13, 2012, during a ceremony to launch the Development Alliance Korea, a coalition of local civic groups to promote overseas development aid, at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul. (Associated Press)

U.S. urges U.N. chief not to attend summit in Iran

The U.S. has told the U.N. chief that he would send a "very strange signal" to the world if he were to attend a conference of non-aligned states in Iran this month, the State Department said Thursday. Published August 16, 2012

A Syrian boy arrives at a field hospital after an airstrike hit homes on the outskirts of Aleppo on Wednesday. As bloodshed increases in Syria, critics say President Obama has relied too heavily on the United Nations. (Associated Press)

Obama vs. Romney on Syria policy

If killing Osama bin Laden, untangling U.S. forces from Iraq and fighting a bare-knuckle drone war against al Qaeda are the Obama administration's foreign policy triumphs, its biggest stumble may be its failure to produce an international solution to what has become an all-out civil war in Syria. Published August 15, 2012

**FILE** The F-35 stealth jet. (U.S. Air Force via Associated Press)

Neither Obama nor Romney has realistic plan to tame cost of F-35 stealth jet

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the white whale of the Defense Department — a stealth jet designed to work for all branches of the armed forces — but at a total cost of $1.5 trillion, it's also a program that analysts say is an epic boondoggle that neither President Obama nor his GOP challenger, Mitt Romney, has a realistic plan to get under control. Published August 12, 2012

**FILE** The string of islands known as Senkaku islands in Japanese, and Diaoyu in Chinese, are seen here Sept. 29, 2010. Relations between China and Japan were strained when a Chinese fishing boat collided with Japanese patrol vessels earlier that month near the islands in the East China Sea that are claimed by both countries as well as Taiwan. (Associated Press)

China to U.S.: 'Shut up,' butt out of territorial disputes

China told the United States to "shut up" and stay out of its dispute with countries bordering the South China Sea, after a State Department spokesman called for a peaceful settlement to the conflicting claims in the energy-rich, strategic sea lanes. Published August 8, 2012

President Obama talks about taxes on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House campus in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Obama, Romney spar over Pentagon spending

In a time of deep deficits and tight budgets, President Obama says the Defense Department cannot be entirely spared the scalpel. But Mitt Romney, his likely opponent in November's election, says the U.S. must spend more on the Pentagon now because it will pay off with a stronger economy in the long run. Published August 5, 2012

Mohammed Jassim is treated at a hospital Monday after a car-bomb attack in Baghdad. An onslaught of bombings and shootings killed scores of people across Iraq on the deadliest day so far this year since the U.S. departed. (Associated Press)

U.S. keeps hands-off policy after a bloody day in Iraq

The United States on Monday stood by its hands-off policy toward Iraq after more than 100 Iraqis died in a wave of 37 coordinated terrorist attacks across the country — the most intense assault since American forces left seven months ago. Published July 23, 2012

In this citizen journalist image, smoke billows July 18, 2012, over Damascus, Syria, after a bomb ripped through a high-level security meeting and killed three top regime officials, including President Bashar Assad's brother-in-law. (Associated Press)

Washington worried over Syria attack

The State Department on Wednesday raised concerns that the security apparatus surrounding Syrian President Bashar Assad is beginning to falter after top Syrians were killed in a bombing at the National Security headquarters. Published July 18, 2012

Romney advisers are zealous on Sudan, but is he?

Two of Mitt Romney's top foreign policy advisers slammed the Obama administration this week for failing to address a mounting humanitarian catastrophe in Sudan, saying Mr. Obama's mishandling of the region's ongoing crisis offers a window into how a Romney White House would do things differently. Published July 15, 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a press conference at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Thursday, July 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Brendon Smialowski, Pool)

Clinton pushes China on maritime pact

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday that she hopes China will work diplomatically with its regional partners toward "finalizing a code of conduct" for resolving territorial disputes over the oil-rich South China Sea. Published July 12, 2012

A statue of former Treasury Secretary Albert Gallatin stands guard outside the Treasury Building in Washington.

U.S. deepens sanctions on Iran

The Obama administration on Thursday imposed fresh sanctions against entities and individuals involved in Iran's defense, aerospace and shipping communities in the government's effort to thwart the Islamic republic's nuclear program. Published July 12, 2012

**FILE** Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigns June 19, 2012, in Holland, Mich. (Associated Press)

Romney is likely to spring surprise with pick for State

While speculation in the political world over Mitt Romney's vice presidential choice courses through the summer barbecue circuit, an equally juicy topic is beginning to bubble up among foreign policy analysts: Who might be secretary of state in a Romney administration? Published July 11, 2012

Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrives June 29, 2012, for a private fundraiser in Buffalo, N.Y. (Associated Press)

Romney would support foreign friends, confront adversaries

Mitt Romney has assembled a foreign-policy platform rooted in the belief that adversaries such as Russia must be confronted for backsliding on democracy and that Israel must be supported in the face of common threats such as a nuclear-armed Iran. Published July 1, 2012