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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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Trump, Philippines' Duterte seek connection as China looms

It was once the rock-solid symbol of one of the deepest and most enduring U.S. alliances in the region. Today this massive but long-shuttered U.S. Navy base is just one more question mark in a confused and evolving relationship at a time of major strategic changes in both Manila and Washington. Published January 2, 2017

This May 17, 2016, file photo shows construction on land owned by Palestinian Mohammad Abu Ta'a, in east Jerusalem. Abu Ta'a discovered some years ago that the Israeli government had expropriated the piece of land in Jerusalem belonging to his family and handed it over to a leading organization that oversees Jewish settlement building in the West Bank. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean) ** FILE **

U.S. rebukes Israel and allows U.N. condemnation of settlements

In a move seen by critics as a last ditch slap at Israel by President Obama before he leaves office, the administration allowed the U.N. Security Council to push through a resolution Friday that called Israeli settlement construction on territory Palestinians want for an independent state a "flagrant violation" of international law. Published December 23, 2016

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 18, 2016 file photo, Amona, an unauthorized Israeli outpost in the West Bank, is seen east of the Palestinian town of Ramallah. On Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, The Israeli parliament has given preliminary approval to a proposal that would legalize hundreds of homes built in West Bank settlements that sit on private Palestinian land. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

U.N. vote on Israeli settlements delayed after criticism from Israel, Trump

A U.N. Security Council vote to condemn Israeli settlement construction in areas Palestinians want for an independent state was delayed Thursday -- hours after President-elect Donald Trump, several other prominent Republicans and Israel slammed the motion and called on the Obama administration to veto it. Published December 22, 2016

French soldiers were on patrol at the Christmas market in Marseille this week after the deadly attack Monday evening in Berlin. The Islamic State is using propaganda to self-radicalize terrorists using low-cost, high-impact resources such as trucks and knives. (Associated Press)

Islamic State perfects art of self-radicalization, confounds counterterrorism officials

Monday's Christmas market attack in Berlin was the latest in an increasingly low-tech terrorism campaign being waged by the Islamic State and its sympathizers who favor butcher knives and trucks driven into crowds over suicide belts and booby-trapped cars -- a tactical shift that has confounded American and European counterterrorism officials. Published December 21, 2016

Authorities identified the shooter as 22-year-old Mevlut Mert Altintas, an off-duty member of the city's riot control force. The gunman wounded at least three others during the assault before he was killed in a 15-minute chaotic shootout with security forces at the gallery. (Associated Press)

Brazen assassination of ambassador strains Turkish-Russian ties

A lone gunman screaming "Allahu akbar" and "Don't forget Aleppo!" fatally shot Russia's ambassador to Turkey on Monday, an assassination that leaders from both nations warned was designed to inflame already tense relations between their countries over the war in neighboring Syria. Published December 19, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump having spoken with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, thus going against America's firmly established "One China" policy, is stoking fears that Mr. Trump may apply a "madman" approach in order to intimidate Asian leaders. (Associated Press)

Groundbreaking phone call with Donald Trump raises hopes, fears in Taiwan

President Tsai Ing-wen's precedent-shattering phone call with Donald Trump sent a thrill across Taiwan last week, but hopes are being tempered by fears that the U.S. president-elect may see the island democracy simply as a chit to reshape Washington's relationship with Beijing, and that his unpredictability could spark an arms race and instability in East Asia. Published December 11, 2016

In this May 20, 2016, photo, then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the National Rifle Association convention in Louisville, Ky. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Donald Trump's chat with Taiwan angers Beijing

Government officials and analysts here are celebrating behind the scenes over President Tsai Ing-wen's phone conversation with President-elect Donald Trump, even as concerns mount over potential fallout with China, where authorities expressed outrage over the development over the weekend. Published December 4, 2016

At the United Nations on Wednesday, the Security Council voted to further tighten sanctions against North Korea in response to its fifth and largest nuclear test yet. (Associated Press)

China joins U.S., allies in sanctions on North Korea

The U.N. Security Council unanimously pushed through a harsh slate of sanctions against North Korea on Wednesday -- even winning support from China to slash coal imports from its nuclear-armed neighbor -- a day after the Obama administration sought to ease regional concerns over a political crisis gripping South Korea. Published November 30, 2016

Analysts North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is poised to try to exploit the uncertainty around President-elect Donald Trump's transition process. (Associated Press)

North Korea warns Trump to end 'hostile policy and nuclear threats' from U.S.

As uncertainty swirls around President-elect Donald Trump's plan for dealing with North Korea, the rogue government in Pyongyang isn't waiting, issuing a lengthy demand that the incoming administration halt Washington's "hostile policy and nuclear threats" against the secretive nation. Published November 22, 2016

In this photo taken Oct. 16, 2015, Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kansas speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. According to a Trump official, Pompeo to be nominated for CIA director. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Donald Trump's CIA pick Mike Pompeo wins strong reviews on Capitol Hill

President-elect Donald Trump's selection of Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo, a former Army officer, businessman and prominent Republican hawk, to head the CIA drew praise Friday from lawmakers of both parties and appeared to be on track for a relatively easy confirmation on the Hill. Published November 18, 2016

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (center) made a stop in New York to meet with President-elect Donald Trump while en route to an APEC meeting in Lima. He later describe the encounter as "cordial and candid." (Associated Press)

Abe has 'cordial and candid' first meeting with Trump

President-elect Donald Trump held his first face-to-face meeting with a foreign leader Thursday night, as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe traveled to Trump Tower hoping to build trust with the incoming administration despite harsh rhetoric Mr. Trump hurled at Japan and U.S. allies during the campaign. Published November 17, 2016

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, who has worked in the U.S. intelligence community for a half-century, officially submitted his resignation on Thursday, saying he is contented with the decision to retire. (Associated Press)

James Clapper's resignation gives Trump another hole to fill

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper abruptly announced plans to step down Thursday after six sometimes-contentious years in the post, opening another gap in the growing list of top national security posts the incoming Trump administration will have to fill in the coming weeks. Published November 17, 2016