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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.

He can be reached at

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry appears before the House Foreign Affairs Committee to testify about the Iran Nuclear Deal at a hearing on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, December 10, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Democrats join GOP in grilling Kerry over Iran deal

President Obama's new nuclear deal reached last month with Iran faced bipartisan criticism as Secretary of State John Kerry gave his first defense of the agreement on Capitol Hill. Published December 10, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama finishes speaking in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington on April 16, 2013, about the Boston Marathon explosions. (Associated Press)

Lawmakers see 'false narrative' of Obama as a terrorist fighter

A growing clutch of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle is publicly countering the Obama administration's portrayal of al Qaeda as an organization on the run, saying that an evolving network of the terrorist group's affiliates now may pose as grave a threat to the U.S. as its predecessor did a decade ago. Published December 8, 2013

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, gestures during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right center, at Abe's official residence in Tokyo Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. Biden, who is on the first leg of his three-nation Asian tour, met Abe, whose government is pressing the U.S. to more actively take Japan's side in an escalating dispute over China's new air defense zone above a set of contested islands in the East China Sea. (AP Photo/Toru Yamanaka, Pool)

U.S., Chinese diplomats talk air defense zone ahead of Biden visit

Leading up to Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Beijing this week, senior U.S. diplomats have engaged in a series of direct conversations with their Chinese counterparts to protest the Chinese military's attempt to carve out a new air defense zone in the East China Sea. Published December 3, 2013

**FILE** In this photo released Nov. 24, 2013, by the Iranian Students News Agency, Iranians wave their national flag as they hold a poster of President Hassan Rouhani, while welcoming Iranian nuclear negotiators upon their arrival from Geneva at the Mehrabad airport in Tehran. The sanctions relief offered to Iran by the U.S. and five world powers is meager in the context of the economy of a nation of nearly 80 million people, but by boosting morale in the business community it has already begun to get the gears of commerce turning again in Iran. (Associated Press/ISNA, Hemmat Khahi)

State mulling whether to invite Iran to upcoming Syria talks

Following this month's breakthrough in talks on Iran's disputed nuclear program, the U.S., Russia and other world powers are now discussing whether to invite representatives from the Islamic republic to an upcoming peace conference aimed at ending Syria's civil war. Published December 2, 2013

Election strengthens Honduran military's hand

Conservative candidate Juan Hernandez's victory this week in Honduras' presidential election poses a potentially dangerous role for the military in the crime-riddled Central American nation, regional analysts say. Published November 28, 2013

A B-52 bomber flies over the Pacific Ocean. (Image: U.S. Air Force)

U.S. B-52 bombers buzz China's expanded airspace as dispute with Japan escalates

In an escalating standoff reminiscent of the Cold War, China on Tuesday responded angrily to news that two U.S. B-52 bombers had flown over a contested chain of islands in the East China Sea without first alerting Beijing — just days after China unilaterally announced an expanded air-defense zone around the islands. Published November 26, 2013

** FILE ** Secretary of State John Kerry listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

John Kerry heads to Geneva for Iran nuclear negotiations

Secretary of State John F. Kerry departed Washington on a hastily scheduled trip to Geneva on Friday evening, as anticipation mounted over the possibility that a deal between the U.S., Iran and other world powers over Iran's disputed nuclear program may be imminent. Published November 22, 2013

Muslim students stand in the rubble of an Islamic seminary that was hit by a suspected U.S. drone strike in Hangu district in Pakistan on Thursday. If confirmed, the missile strike outside of the northwest tribal areas would be a rarity. (Associated Press)

Drone strike on Pakistani seminary reignites debate

A rare U.S. drone strike on an Islamic seminary outside Pakistan's tribal areas — where most past strikes have occurred — is fueling a heated international debate on the Obama administration's commitment to limiting civilian casualties. Published November 21, 2013

Sen. Marco Rubio (left), Florida Republican, accompanied by Sen. Mike Lee, Utah Republican, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Taking on tea party, Rubio warns of 'disengaged' foreign policy

Eager to set himself apart from tea party figures in his own party skeptical of U.S. interventions abroad, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio warned Wednesday that it would be a grave "mistake" if the United States disengaged from world affairs during the years ahead. Published November 20, 2013

National Security Agency Deputy Director John C. Inglis testifies as the Senate Judiciary Committee questions top Obama administration officials about the National Security Agency's surveillance programs for the first time since the House narrowly rejected a proposal last week to effectively shut down the NSA's secret collection of hundreds of millions of Americans' phone records, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 31, 2013. After NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden leaked documents revealing the NSA's monitoring of American's telephone records, Judiciary Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., introduced legislation that would increase congressional oversight of the program.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Top deputy defends NSA spying programs

The top deputy at the National Security Agency defended the organization's spying activities Tuesday, asserting that despite damaging leaks and media attention during recent months the agency's secretive operations exist only under close scrutiny from officials across the government. Published November 19, 2013

**FILE** Soldiers gather at a former camp for Islamic extremists near Marti, Nigeria, on June 5, 2013. Oil-rich Nigeria is threatened by the terrorist group Boko Haram. (Associated Press)

U.S. designates Nigerian Islamist group as terrorist organization

U.S. authorities officially has designated the shadowy Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram as a terrorist organization, ending what has been a heated debate in the past year within the State Department on the status of the group, which is believed to have ties to al Qaeda affiliates in Africa. Published November 13, 2013

Secretary of State John F. Kerry pauses during a press conference at the end of the Iranian nuclear talks in Geneva on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. The talks failed to reach an agreement, but Mr. Kerry said Tehran and six world powers had made "significant progress." (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool)

Kerry: Obama prepared to use force in Iran after nuclear talks collapse

Secretary of State John F. Kerry defended the Obama administration's carrot-and-stick approach to nuclear negotiations with Iran, saying Sunday that the conciliatory strategy needs to be given a chance to work — while vowing that the U.S. is prepared to use force if necessary to keep the Islamic republic from developing a nuclear bomb. Published November 10, 2013

Iran's deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi, right, and Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano shake hands next to IAEA deputy director general Tero Tapio Varjoranta, left, and Iran's Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Reza Najafi, right, prior a meeting at the International Center in Vienna, Austria on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. The meeting was held before agency experts meet Iranian diplomats in a renewed push to probe suspicions that Tehran worked on nuclear arms. (AP Photo/Hans Punz)

Iran negotiator sees deal on nukes close

Iran's top nuclear negotiator claimed Thursday to be on the verge of a breakthrough deal with the U.S. and other world powers that would partially lift sanctions on the Islamic republic in exchange for Tehran agreeing to open its disputed nuclear program to close international scrutiny. Published November 7, 2013

Iranian protesters hold flags during an annual anti-American demonstration in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Iran sharply divided going into nuclear talks

With a highly anticipated third round of nuclear talks opening Thursday in Geneva, Iran appears sharply divided on whether it truly wants to work with world powers to resolve tensions that have long surrounded its disputed nuclear program. Published November 6, 2013