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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

Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican (Associated Press)

Ex-military leaders promote nonmilitary foreign policy budget

More than 80 retired military officials on Tuesday urged Congress not to cut the nonmilitary foreign policy budget, saying it is of "the utmost importance" that "civilian programs have the resources needed to maintain the hard-fought gains of our military." Published March 27, 2012

An Egyptian protester waves the national flag March 23, 2012, as others attend the Friday noon prayer in Cairo's Tahrir Square. (Associated Press)

U.S. plays down Islamist role in drafting Egypt charter

The State Department downplayed concerns Monday that Islamists are dominating the drafting of Egypt's new constitution, despite criticism and outrage voiced by secular and Christian politicians in Cairo. Published March 26, 2012

Mexican survey finds support for drug war

Only 26 percent of Mexicans believe their government is winning its war against drug cartels, but most approve of the crackdown on the narcotics trade, according to a new survey by independent researchers in Mexico. Published March 21, 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

U.S. rewards cutting of Iran oil imports

The United States is exempting Japan and 10 European nations from U.S. sanctions on Iran because they have acted quickly to reduce oil imports from the Islamic regime, the State Department said Tuesday. Published March 20, 2012

**FILE** Former Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell (Associated Press)

Top Democrat's speeches for terrorist group probed

The Treasury Department's counterterrorism arm is investigating speaking fees paid to a longtime Democratic Party leader who is among the most vocal advocates for Iranian dissidents designated as a terrorist group by the State Department. Published March 9, 2012

House bill directs State to monitor Iran closely

The House will consider bipartisan legislation that aims to push the State Department to adopt a more vigilant posture toward Iran's activities in Latin America. Published March 7, 2012

Piles of debris are all that remain, right, at the site of the St. Louis Catholic church, which collapsed a day earlier following explosions at an adjacent munitions depot, in Brazzaville, Congo Monday, March 5, 2012. Unknown numbers of victims are believed to be trapped under the rubble as rescues wait for the area to be safe to enter. (AP Photo/Elie Mbena)

State Department declares disaster in Congo after explosions

The State Department on Monday was processing a disaster declaration for the Republic of Congo to allow U.S. emergency aid for the Central African nation, where more than 200 people were killed when a weapons depot exploded Sunday. Published March 5, 2012

State Department issues warning against travel to Nigeria

The State Department updated its travel warning for Nigeria this week, restricting travel by U.S. government personnel to northern parts of the West African nation and asserting the risk of "attacks against Western targets in Nigeria remains high." Published March 1, 2012

** FILE ** North Korea's spent nuclear fuel rods, kept in a cooling pond, are seen at the nuclear facilities in Yongbyon, North Korea, about 60 miles north of the capital, in this 1996 photo released by South Korea's Yonhap News Agency in 2003. (AP Photo/Yonhap News Agency, File)

North Korea nuke concessions raise doubt

North Korea's agreement to suspend nuclear tests and uranium enrichment in exchange for food aid provides little insight into whether new leader Kim Jong-un is seeking to soften the totalitarian nation's posture toward the rest of the world. Published February 29, 2012

Anti-government protesters carry a banner reading "The Senegalese revolution said to liberate the people," as they are blocked by police from reaching Independence Square in central Dakar, Senegal, on Feb. 21, 2012. (Associated Press)

U.S. urges calm ahead of Senegal election

U.S. officials called for calm Wednesday ahead of this weekend's election in Senegal, where opposition leaders are vowing to render the West African nation ungovernable if its 85-year-old incumbent president seeks a third term. Published February 22, 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and EU High Representative Catherine Ashton take part in a news conference Feb. 17, 2012, at the State Department in Washington. (Associated Press)

U.S., EU optimistic for Iran nuke talks

U.S. and European leaders expressed optimism Friday that direct talks with Iran about its nuclear program could restart in the near future. Published February 17, 2012

** FILE ** Glyn Davies, the U.S. special representative for North Korea affairs, speaks to journalists at a hotel after he met with Chinese officials in Beijing on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

U.S. plans new talks with North Korea

The State Department said Monday that U.S. officials will engage in direct talks with North Korea later this month, signaling the first major development in the tense relations between the West and Pyongyang since the death of longtime North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il. Published February 13, 2012

Xi Jinping

Iowa homecoming awaits Chinese leader

The last time China's next president visited the United States, he bunked in the spare bedroom of a small-town Iowa home, replete with football wallpaper, a window's view of an old iron basketball hoop and "Star Wars" figurines on the dresser. Published February 13, 2012

U.S. not ready to back U.N. peace force

U.S. and Turkish officials condemned the mounting bloodshed in Syria on Monday but declined to endorse calls by the Arab League for the creation of a U.N. peacekeeping force to quell the violence. Published February 13, 2012

Indian police forensics experts collect evidence on Feb. 13, 2012, after an explosion tore through a car belonging to the Israel Embassy in New Delhi. Assailants targeted Israeli diplomats in India and Georgia in near-simultaneous strikes Monday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed on archenemy Iran, and its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah. (Associated Press)

Clinton condemns attacks on Israeli embassies

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday condemned in "the strongest possible terms, the bombing of an Israeli diplomatic vehicle in India and the attempted attack on Israeli Embassy personnel in Georgia." Published February 13, 2012

**FILE** Sen. John McCain (Associated Press)

McCain calls for U.S. to consider arming Syrian protesters

Sen. John McCain on Tuesday said the United States should consider smuggling weapons into Syria to help unarmed anti-government protesters targeted by the Syrian military, whose ongoing crackdown continues to push the nation toward civil war. Published February 7, 2012