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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 gtaylor@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Guy Taylor

Russian President Vladimir Putin gives his annual state of the nation address in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. Russian President Putin has defended the Kremlin's aggressive foreign policy, saying the actions are necessary for his country's survival. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Putin's push to reinstate Soviet power will grow, ex-CIA chief says

The former top CIA official is warning that even if Russian President Vladimir Putin were to measurably tone down his expansionist rhetoric in the near term, his push to grow Russia's influence over former Soviet states "seems only to have just begun." Published December 4, 2014

Image: Al Jazeera screenshot

John Kerry admits: U.S. wants Iran's help in bombing Islamic State

Secretary of State John F. Kerry effectively gave the green light Wednesday for Iran to use direct military force against the Islamic State movement in Iraq, but said there are no plans for U.S. forces to coordinate with their Iranian counterparts in battling the extremists. Published December 3, 2014

The Islamic State group, which has employed a broad range of strategies to subdue Sunni Muslim tribes in Syria and Iraq, is pushing its war for a caliphate into North Africa. Younger jihadis in particular appear to be mimicking the militants' rhetoric and brutality. (Associated Press)

Islamic State spreading into northern Africa, alarming U.S.

In its war to create a caliphate across Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State is opening a front in North Africa, where affiliated militants are wreaking havoc in eastern Libya and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula — presenting a complex challenge for Washington and its allies in the region. Published November 27, 2014

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson speaks at a news conference following the secretary's visit to the Islamic Center of the San Gabriel Valley in Rowland Heights, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) ** FILE **

Eerie lack of terror chatter this Thanksgiving, but feds keep 'vigilant'

U.S. authorities say there's no specific "chatter" indicating an imminent terrorist plot targeting the American homeland, but intelligence and law enforcement officials are staying vigilant around Thanksgiving — which arrives just weeks after the Department of Homeland Security cited an enhanced threat of "lone" wolf attacks in the United States. Published November 26, 2014

Defense Undersecretary for Policy Michele Flournoy, left,  talks with Marines Lt. Gen. John Paxton, director for operations, the Joint Staff, talk on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, prior to their testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Afghanistan.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Michele Flournoy emerges as front-runner to replace Chuck Hagel

President Obama's short list of possible replacements for outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel includes Michele Flournoy as its front-runner, sources close to the administration said Monday, creating the possibility that the former undersecretary of defense for policy could become the first women to head the Pentagon. Published November 24, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry said that while Iran is currently keeping up its end of the nuclear deal amid U.S. sanctions, more work is ahead. (Associated Press)

Obama extension for Iran talks gives GOP opening to seek new sanctions

President Obama's willingness to extend by seven months the talks on ending Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions thrusts any final decision on the matter into a new year when Republicans will have control of both chambers of Congress and be able to press their own efforts at increasing sanctions or other pressures on Tehran. Published November 24, 2014

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Secretary of State John F. Kerry held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the closed-door nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna on Sunday. (Associated Press)

U.S., Iran may extend nuclear talks

U.S. and Iranian officials appeared close on Sunday to extending the high-stakes talks over Iran's disputed nuclear program after failing to meet a self-imposed deadline for a deal that would open the program to close international scrutiny in exchange for a withdrawal of crippling Western sanctions on Tehran. Published November 23, 2014

Israeli police officers carry the flag draped coffin of Druze Israeli police officer Zidan Sif in the Druze village of Yanuh-Jat, northern Israel, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Sif, 30, died of his wounds on Tuesday after Two Palestinian cousins armed with meat cleavers and a gun stormed a Jerusalem synagogue during morning prayers Tuesday, killing four people in the city’s bloodiest attack in years. Police killed the attackers in a shootout. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Hamas says 'intifada' against Jews in Israel will continue

A senior Hamas leader says the U.S.-designated terrorist group plans to push ahead with a violent intifada in Israel and called Tuesday's grisly attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem a "natural retort" to "Israeli crimes" against Palestinians. Published November 19, 2014

FILE - In this June 16, 2013 file photo, Internet users browse their Facebook website by the free wifi internet service in an underground station in Hong Kong. This week's news that a Russian crime ring has amassed some 1.2 billion username and password combinations makes now a good time to review ways to protect yourself online. The hacking misdeeds were described in a New York Times story based on the findings of Hold Security, a Milwaukee firm that has a history of uncovering online security breaches.  (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

State Department cyber attack prompts shutdown of email system

The State Department computer system fell victim to a cyber attack during recent weeks, according to U.S. officials who say the incident prompted a full shutdown of the department's unclassified email system and occurred around the same time hackers penetrated systems at the White House. Published November 17, 2014

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GOP-led Senate bodes well for U.S.-Taiwan trade, Taipei official says

A top Taiwanese development official says Taipei is optimistic the Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate will accelerate Washington's pursuit of a free trade pact between the West and Asia, and is hopeful about the prospects of a direct U.S.-Taiwan deal. Published November 16, 2014