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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

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

Pena Nieto

Old power looks to regain hold in Mexico

Mexicans voted for a new president Sunday after a campaign dominated by calls for economic growth and debate about how to proceed with a bloody war on drug cartels that has killed nearly 50,000 people since 2006. Published July 1, 2012

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers a brief statement about the Supreme Court's ruling on health care on June 28, 2012, after arriving in St. Petersburg, Russia. (Associated Press)

China exempted from sanction on Iranian oil

The U.S. added China to the list of nations exempted from sanctions against Iran on Thursday, citing an effort undertaken by Chinese authorities to significantly reduce their crude oil purchases from the Islamic republic. Published June 28, 2012

A Guatemalan policeman takes notes on about helicopter that crashed 124 miles northwest of Guatemala City in 2003 while transporting 1,675 pounds of cocaine. (Associated Press)

Central America next drug hot spot

A State Department official this week compared the war on drugs in Latin America to baseball games, in which the United States is winning in Colombia, leading in Mexico and just coming to bat in Central America, where there are too many umpires. Published June 21, 2012

Egyptian supporters of Islamist candidate Mohammed Morsi flash victory signs June 18, 2012, as they celebrate his apparent victory in Cairo's Tahrir Square. (Associated Press)

State Department chides Egypt's military rulers

The State Department on Monday sharpened its criticism of Egypt's ruling military council after it granted itself broad new powers as Egyptians voted in their first free presidential election since the ouster of authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak last year. Published June 18, 2012

**FILE** Iraqi police stand guard outside Camp Ashraf, northeast of Baghdad, in December 2011. (Associated Press/People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran)

Official: No decision yet on Iranian dissidents

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has not moved any closer to removing an Iranian dissident group from the U.S. list of terror organizations, senior Obama administration officials said on Monday. Published June 18, 2012

Moroccan Ambassador to the U.S. Mohammed Rachad Bouhlal talks to editors and reporters at The Washington Times on Wednesday. (J.M. Eddins Jr./The Washington Times)

European woes spark challenges for Moroccans

Morocco may have avoided the upheaval of an Arab Spring revolution, but it faces other challenges due to its economic closeness to crisis-riddled Europe and heavy reliance on remittances. Published June 14, 2012

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U.S. concerned over imprisoned American in the UAE

The United States has "significant concerns" about the case of an American businessman who has spent the past month on a hunger strike in the United Arab Emirates, where he has been imprisoned without trial for more than four years. Published June 5, 2012

Zoltan Kovacs, Hungary's state secretary for government communication, said his country's government has become a "whipping boy" of the Western media. As a result, "we've found that whatever we do is being criticized." Judicial, media, banking and religious laws pushed through by the Fidsz Party's parliamentary supermajority have raised concern. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Hungarian leaders see hysteria among critics of reforms

The United States and the European Union have fallen victim to a "kind of hysteria" in their reactions to the new constitution enacted this year by Hungary's ruling nationalist, a leading spokesman for the Central European nation says. Published June 5, 2012

"Americans want to see a region that is free of terrorism and radicalism, they want to see nations which are able to cooperate in terms of religion and cultures, and that's what we want as well," says Elin Suleymanov, Azerbaijan's ambassador to the U.S. (J.M. Eddins Jr./The Washington Times)

International song contest shines light on changing Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan's hosting of the Eurovision Song contest last month exemplified just how far the predominantly Muslim former Soviet republic has come since the days of communism, the Azerbaijani ambassador to Washington says. Published June 3, 2012

Jose Fernandez, the owner of the Quinto Elemento nightclub in Juarez, Mexico, is happy to see his club filling up again after fear of crime kept many people away and forced him to close. (Keith Dannemiller/Special to The Washington Times)

Life stirs anew in 'murder capital' Juarez

The dance floor at one of several new nightclubs in this border city torn by the drug wars was packed with sharply dressed 20-somethings on a recent Friday night. Published May 28, 2012

**FILE** Officers of the urban management bureau, known as chengguan in Chinese, demand Nov. 20, 2011, a beggar and his child leave a street in Guiyang, in southwestern China's Guizhou province. (Associated Press)

Rights report hails Arab Spring, scolds North Korea, Syria

Human rights conditions remain dismal in North Korea and Iran and got worse in China, where "efforts to silence political activists and public-interest lawyers were stepped up" last year, according the State Department's annual reports on human rights released Thursday. Published May 24, 2012

A worker at the Manoir Aerospace plant in Chihuahua City, Mexico, is seen through a part similar to the machined tube he's finishing for a Boeing 777's braking system. Mexico's aerospace industry has taken off. (Keith Dannemiller/Special to The Washington Times)

Chihuahua City is big dog in Mexico aerospace

When a jumbo jetliner touches down almost anywhere in the world, the last thing on the pilot's mind is that the plane's brakes likely were made in the capital of one of the most crime-riddled states in Mexico. Published May 14, 2012

NAFTA key to economic, social growth in Mexico

The North American Free Trade Agreement, which went into effect in 1994, has been the key driver of Mexico's economic and social transformation of the past 20 years, analysts say. Published May 14, 2012

"Everything's been all right so far, but going forward, I'm afraid. Sometimes criminal guys hop on the train, and they'll rob you or kill you. ... Yeah, I'm scared." -Victor Caseres, 26, who had traveled 750 miles by hopping freight trains  to arrive at the shelter (Keith Dannemiller/Special to The Washington Times)

Central Americans determined to trek north to U.S.

Migrants in search of jobs in the U.S. face a gantlet of life-or-death risks in their treks across Mexico from its southern border: Many fall prey to extortion, kidnapping, rape and killing by crooked police and criminal gangs. Published April 29, 2012

Sebastian Ponce, 35, from La Ceiba, Honduras, has stopped at the migrant shelter run by the Catholic Church in Tultitlan, Mexico while on his journey to get back into the United States. "In Honduras, there's no work," he says. (Keith Dannemiller/Special to The Washington Times)

Deported illegals persist in quest to reclaim lives in U.S. shadows

The vast majority of undocumented Central Americans passing through Mexico are young first-timers, fleeing violence, unemployment and impoverished conditions in their home countries. But stories of seeking to reclaim a life in the shadows of U.S. law are not uncommon. Published April 24, 2012

Enrique Pena Nieto (Keith Dannemiller/Special to The Washington Times)

Charismatic front-runner in Mexican presidential race vows shift on drugs, trade

The front-runner in Mexico's presidential race has attracted throngs of supporters among elite and ordinary citizens alike with his calls to boost his country's trade relationships with Canada and the U.S. — a refocusing effort his staffers call "NAFTA 2.0" — and to tamp down the drug violence that has muddied Mexico's reputation. Published April 17, 2012