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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

Articles by Guy Taylor

** FILE ** Work has begun on the Keystone XL pipeline near Winona, Texas, but whether it will ever carry oil sands from central Canada to Gulf Coast refineries awaits a decision by President Obama. (Tyler [Texas] Morning Telegraph via Associated Press)

State Department's Keystone Pipeline report prompts divisive response

The State Department released preliminary findings of a new environmental impact study surrounding the controversial Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, but made no clear recommendation as to whether the the pipeline should be held up for environmental or economic reasons. Published March 1, 2013

**FILE** Rebels from al Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra wave their brigade flag on Jan. 11, 2013, as they step on the top of a Syrian air force helicopter at a Taftanaz air base in Idlib province in northern Syria that was captured by the rebels. (Associated Press/Edlib News Network)

Kerry announces aid package of meals, medicine for Syrian rebels

The leader of Syria's main opposition group sought to allay Western fears Thursday that terrorists have infiltrated the rebel movement in the war-torn nation, as U.S. officials touted a new plan to ship meals and medical supplies — but not weapons — to those fighting to overthrow President Bashar Assad. Published February 28, 2013

** FILE ** In this Nov. 27, 2012, file photo, President Obama meets with Mexican President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto in the White House, setting the stage for boosting relations between the nations. (Associated Press)

Energy links seen boosting U.S. ties to Mexico

A senior Obama administration official voiced optimism about future growth in the economic relationship between the U.S. and Mexico, stressing that energy sector ties between the two nations have "enormous potential for progress." Published February 28, 2013

House Democrat’s bill would expand U.S. role in Syria

The U.S. and several European allies reportedly are warming to the idea of shipping nonmilitary aid to rebels fighting in Syria, but one top Democratic lawmaker plans to introduce a bill that would go further by authorizing arms transfers to those fighting to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad. Published February 27, 2013

** FILE ** In this Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, photo, Free Syrian Army fighters fire at enemy positions during heavy clashes with government forces, in the Salaheddine district of Aleppo, Syria. Activists say Syrian rebels have captured an oil pumping station in the north central province of Raqqa about 160 km east of Aleppo after days of fighting. (AP Photo/Abdullah Al-Yasin)

Dem lawmaker prepares bill to allow Obama direct arms sales to Syrian rebels

One of the top Democratic lawmakers on foreign policy is preparing to introduce a bill that would authorize President Obama to begin sending arms directly to rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad — legislation that would open the way for significantly deeper U.S. involvement in Syria's bloody civil war. Published February 27, 2013

Iran's Supreme National Security Council Secretary and chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili answers a question during a final news conference in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Pavel Mikheyev)

Bipartisan bill builds pressure to halt Iran nuclear program

Despite the biting divide between Republicans and Democrats on almost all other fronts, two key House lawmakers announced a bipartisan bill Wednesday to boost sanctions on Iran, trying to prevent it from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Published February 27, 2013

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

U.S. and Chinese national flags are hung outside a hotel Nov. 7, 2012, during a U.S. Presidential election event, organized by the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

State Department: Sequester fight hurting 'Asia pivot' effort

A senior State Department official told Congress Tuesday that the partisan political drama unfolding around Washington's current budget fight does not bode well for the Obama administration's so-called "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

**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