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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

Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, hit Venezuela's "flawed economic policies and political system," just as the U.S. is seeking to repair ties. (Associated Press)

Sen. Corker slams Venezuela as U.S. seeks better ties

A key Senate Republican on foreign policy slammed Venezuela's "flawed economic policies and political system" on Thursday, a day after reports emerged that the Obama administration is engaging in its most expansive dialogue in hopes of improving long-strained relations with Caracas. Published July 2, 2015

German Chancellor Angela Merkel listens to a debate of the German federal parliament, Bundestag, in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, June 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) ** FILE **

Again? Germany renews concerns over U.S. spying after WikiLeaks allegations surface

The State Department went into damage control mode Thursday after German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office summoned the U.S. ambassador in Berlin to explain fresh allegations that U.S. spies have eavesdropped not only on her phone but also those of dozens of other high-level German government officials. Published July 2, 2015

President Obama insisted again Tuesday that he was not wedded to an agreement at any cost and threatened outright to "walk away" if Iran reneges on the parameters of an April interim agreement in Lausanne, Switzerland, with the so-called P5+1 negotiating group that also comprises Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany. (Associated Press)

Obama threatens to 'walk away' from Iran nuclear deal as deadline passes

The Obama administration and its negotiating partners blew through Tuesday's self-imposed deadline for a major nuclear accord with Iran -- prolonging for at least another week some 20 months of exhausting and convoluted closed-door talks that have capped more than a decade of brinkmanship between Tehran and the West. Published June 30, 2015

Secretary of State John F. Kerry sits between Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz (left) and IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano during a meeting in Vienna, Austria.  (Associated Press)

White House defends stance as Iran talks face deadline

The Obama administration conceded Monday that international talks over Iran's disputed nuclear program will carry on indefinitely past this week's deadline for a final deal -- and pushed back at critics who accuse the president of making last-minute concessions out of desperation to get a deal. Published June 29, 2015

Samereh Alinejad, blindfolded and ready to be hanged, was slapped by the mother of the man he was convicted of murdering then pardoned by the victim's family. Iran executes hundreds of prisoners annually through an opaque legal system that human rights groups say also puts scores of political prisoners behind bars. (Associated Press)

Iran's record of human rights appalls international community

Many in Iran's political hierarchy are hoping that a nuclear deal with the U.S. and other world powers will pave the way for the Islamic republic's full return to the international community, ending years of political isolation and economic sanctions. Published June 25, 2015

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said this month that a final nuclear deal is "within reach" as the Islamic republic and world powers face a June 30 deadline for an agreement, but he added that Iran won't allow its state "secrets" to be jeopardized. (Associated Press)

Iran nuclear deal clouded by long record of deception

Iran's long record of hiding its nuclear and military programs from outside inspectors is coming under fresh scrutiny as the U.S. and other world powers race to meet a June 30 deadline for a final deal to curb Tehran's program and open its nuclear sites to closer international inspection. Published June 23, 2015

"There are still differences  but we are trying to finish the work as early as possible," said an optimistic Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. (Associated Press)

White House pressed to extend Iran nuclear talks deadline

The Obama administration is coming under increasing pressure from European allies to extend the deadline for an Iranian nuclear deal beyond June 30, a development that signals doubts about Tehran's willingness to bargain and complicates the U.S. president's relations with Congress on the talks. Published June 22, 2015

In this May 28, 2015 photo, members of the fast response police units, known as Halcones, detain a suspected gang member, who was found out of breath on a bed following a chase by police, in San Salvador, El Salvador. Observers blame the worsening insecurity on the breakdown of a 1.5-year-old truce between the gangs and the government. While the homicide rate plunged, critics say the truce gave the gangs time to strengthen, train and acquire heavier arms than they had in the past. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

U.S. citizens warned to stay alert in El Salvador amid violence

The State Department on Monday warned U.S. citizens traveling to El Salvador to take caution Monday amid reports that the Central American nation's murder rate has soared in recent months to its highest rate since the 1992 end of a violent civil war. Published June 22, 2015

Cell phone footage captures the moment two gunmen shoot and kill a police officer on a Paris street during an attack on magazine Charlie Hebdo.

U.S. admits global terrorist attacks up 35 percent

There was a 35 percent increase in terrorist attacks worldwide between 2013 and 2014 and the total number of people killed by terrorism jumped by more than 80 percent, according to the State Department's annual Country Reports on Terrorism released Friday. Published June 19, 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during the groundbreaking ceremony for the U.S. Diplomacy Center, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, at the State Department in Washington. Kerry hosted five of his predecessors in a rare public reunion for the groundbreaking of a museum commemorating the achievements of American statesmanship.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Sexual harassment complaints at State Department soar under Clinton, Kerry

In a disclosure that could have political implications for election campaigns, the State Department's chief watchdog reported Thursday that worker harassment complaints have nearly tripled inside the department during the tenures of Hillary Rodham Clinton and John F. Kerry -- but the department still doesn't have mandatory training for all employees. Published June 18, 2015

Syrian President Bashar Assad gestures during an interview with the BBC, in Damascus, Syria, in this Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, file photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA. (AP Photo/SANA, File)

Assad steps up chemical attacks despite Obama pledge he rid Syria of weapons

The chemical weapons deal the Obama administration helped negotiate with Syria two years ago came under withering scrutiny Wednesday as Congress aired gruesome testimony of how the Assad regime has used chlorine barrel bombs in more than two dozen recent attacks on civilians -- leaving lawmakers in both parties frustrated by the president's claim to have rid the war-torn nation of chemical munitions. Published June 17, 2015

Nasir al-Wuhayshi, al Qaeda's No. 2 figure and leader of its powerful Yemeni affiliate, was killed in a U.S. strike, making it the harshest blow to the global militant network since the killing of Osama bin Laden. In question now is who is going to fill his role. (Associated Press)

Nasir al-Wuhayshi death by U.S. drone strike creates al Qaeda global leadership gap

The U.S. drone strike that killed the leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula -- the global terrorist group's second-in-command -- is unlikely to slow the group's deadly operations in Yemen but is expected to have a deep and lasting effect on the struggling global operations of "al Qaeda prime" -- the core group that Osama bin Laden founded and led until his death in 2011. Published June 16, 2015

Nouri al-Maliki undermines U.S. interests in Iraq, plots return to power

Iraq's former prime minister is playing a critical, backroom role in undermining the Obama administration's push for a more inclusive government in Baghdad, U.S. and Iraqi officials say, warning that Shiite hard-liner Nouri al-Maliki is still pulling the strings behind the scenes in a bid to return to power in the years ahead. Published June 15, 2015

Tens of thousands attend the National Council of Resistance of Iran rally in France on June 13, 2015. U.S. lawmakers joined Iranian dissidents calling for regime change in Iran. (Image: Karine G. Barzegar) ** FILE **

U.S. lawmakers join Iranian dissidents in France for giant regime change rally

In a sign that Iran's dissident movement isn't going away even as the U.S. and its partners eye a deal with Tehran, tens of thousands of Iranian opposition exiles gathered in France for an annual rally demanding regime change in Iran and condemning President Obama's push to sign a nuclear accord with the Islamic republic. Published June 13, 2015

Maryam Rajavi, the leader of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, says Western powers stand "against the Iranian people's will." (Associated Press)

Khamenei regime legitimized by Obama nuclear talks, Iranian dissidents say

Days before a major Iranian dissident rally in France, the head of the host organization says the "circumstances are ripe for regime change" in Tehran, but Washington and other Western governments are standing in the way by legitimizing the regime of Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Khamenei through the pursuit of a nuclear deal. Published June 11, 2015

Iraqi parliament speaker, Salim al-Jabouri, a Sunni, speaks about the Friday attack on the Musab bin Omair Mosque, which killed more than 60 people and escalated sectarian tensions, during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Al-Jabouri said an investigation is underway into the attack on the Sunni mosque in Imam Wais village, northeast of Baghdad. If the attack proves to have been carried out by Shiite militiamen it would deal a major blow to  prime minister-designate Haider al-Abadi efforts to reach out to the country's Sunni minority, whose grievances are seen as fueling the Islamic State insurgency. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

Baghdad eyes formation of National Guard to fight Islamic State

A top Iraqi Sunni politician said Monday his nation's parliament is close to voting on legislation to create a National Guard to formalize the role of Sunni tribal militias in the fight against the Islamic State — an initiative the Obama administration has been pushing for nearly a year. Published June 8, 2015

Cuban President Raul Castro (center) listens as President Obama delivers his speech to world leaders at the VII Summit of the Americas' opening plenary April 11 in Panama City, Panama. (Associated Press)

Cuba trade embargo fate hinges on Havana human rights progress

President Obama's policy shift on Cuba could soon lead to the opening of a U.S. embassy in Havana, but analysts and congressional insiders say it could be years before the decades-old embargo on trade with the communist island is lifted, despite mounting pressure from U.S. business groups. Published June 8, 2015