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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 coverage. He has reported from dozens of countries and been a guest on the BBC, CNN, NPR, FOX, C-SPAN and The McLaughlin Group.

A series Mr. Taylor led on Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. election was recognized with a Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency, and a Society for Professional Journalists award. In 2012, he won a Virginia Press Association award reporting from Mexico.

Prior to joining The Times in 2011, Mr. Taylor was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Fund For Investigative Journalism. He wrote for a variety publications, from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to Salon, Reason, Prospect, the Daily Star of Beirut, the Jerusalem Post and the St. Petersburg Times. He also served as an editor at World Politics Review, wrote for America's Quarterly and produced videos and features for Agence France-Presse.

Mr. Taylor holds an M.S. in Global Security Studies from Angelo State University and a B.A. from Clark University. He was part of a team who won a Society of Professional Journalists award for their reporting on the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

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A Ukrainian Mi-24 attack helicopter releases flares after an attack on Russian positions during a combat mission in Donetsk region, Ukraine, Sunday, March 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Blinken warns of ‘Pandora’s box’ if Ukraine support falters

Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday warned that if the U.S.-led coalition supporting Ukraine falters, it will "open a Pandora's box" in which countries like China believe they can also attack smaller states with impunity. Published March 22, 2023

Russia's President Vladimir Putin, right, reviews a military honor guard with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a welcoming ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, June 8, 2018. Russian President Putin on Friday, Feb. 4, 2022, arrived in Beijing for the opening of the Winter Olympic Games and talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, as the two leaders look to project themselves as a counterweight to the U.S. and its allies. (Greg Baker/Pool Photo via AP) **FILE**

China takes leading role in Russian propaganda

The Chinese Foreign Ministry and state-controlled news outlets have dramatically ramped up efforts to echo Russian propaganda about the Ukraine war and promote Beijing's own increasingly aggressive anti-U.S. narratives in recent months. Published February 28, 2023

A Ukrainian serviceman stands amid destroyed Russian tanks in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, April 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) **FILE**

Part Three: Russia-Ukraine war resets world order

The year-old Russian invasion of Ukraine has shaken the foundations of a post-Cold War order that has held sway for three decades, sparking new global unease over the prospect of nuclear war, rocking long-established diplomatic and political norms, and aligning the world's top autocracies in unsettling new ways. Published February 22, 2023

Polish Ambassador to the U.S. Marek Magierowski, left, talks with European Union Amb. Stavros Lambrinidis as European diplomats arrive to discuss the Russian invasion of Ukraine with members of the Senate, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, March 10, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

EU’s top envoy says West must hold firm in fight for Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin is betting that U.S. and Western European political and societal resolve to back Kyiv will soon break down so that his military can proceed with its dismemberment of Ukraine, the top European Union diplomat in Washington warned in an interview. Published February 20, 2023

Lawmakers and intelligence advisers, including Gen. Glen VanHerck, left, commander of the United States Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command, arrive for a closed briefing on the Chinese surveillance balloon that flew over the United States recently, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Hill fumes as Pentagon describes vast China balloon spy program

China's balloon surveillance program has gone on for years and monitored dozens of countries, the Biden administration said, on a day when its handling of the balloon that traversed the country last week came under sharp, bipartisan criticism on Capitol Hill. Published February 9, 2023

This photo provided by Jason Sellers shows U.S. Air Force fighter aircraft shooting down a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the Carolina coast on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023.   President Joe Biden said on Saturday that he ordered U.S. officials to shoot down the suspected Chinese spy balloon earlier this week and that national security leaders decided the best time for the operation was when it got over water.  (Jason Sellers via AP)

Biden aide: Ramped-up surveillance after Trump years uncovered more Chinese spy balloon incursions

A defensive Biden administration on Monday insisted that the long delay in downing a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that traversed the country last week allowed U.S. analysts to collect valuable intelligence, while also claiming that officials didn't learn of previous Chinese incursions until after former President Trump left office in early 2021. Published February 6, 2023

Ukrainian lawmaker Kira Rudik, center, Lithuanian politician Zygimantas Pavilionis, second right, and Taiwanese legislators pose for the media at the assembly hall of Taiwan Legislative Yuan in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Lithuanian calls on U.S. to ‘punish’ Russian ‘terrorists’

A Lithuanian political leader with influence over his country's foreign policy says the U.S. should not push for Ukraine-Russia peace talks until all Russian forces are removed from Ukraine and Kyiv is made a member of NATO. Published February 5, 2023

In this photo provided by Chad Fish, the remnants of a large balloon drift above the Atlantic Ocean, just off the coast of South Carolina, with a fighter jet and its contrail seen below it, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023. The downing of the suspected Chinese spy balloon by a missile from an F-22 fighter jet created a spectacle over one of the state’s tourism hubs and drew crowds reacting with a mixture of bewildered gazing, distress and cheering. (Chad Fish via AP)

China claims U.S. ‘overreacted’ in shooting down spy balloon

China expressed outrage Sunday over the U.S. military shooting down a Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina a day earlier, but Beijing has yet to comment on the Pentagon's discovery of another Chinese balloon spotted over Latin America. Published February 5, 2023

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is backdropped by a screen showing the countries that signed a strategic energy partnership at the Cotroceni presidential palace in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022. The leaders of Hungary, Romania, Georgia and Azerbaijan met in Romania's capital to conclude an agreement on an undersea electricity connector that could become a new power source for the European Union amid a crunch on energy supplies caused by the war in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Openly gay U.S. ambassador to Hungary faces personal attacks

The openly gay ambassador whom President Biden sent to staunchly conservative Hungary is facing a firestorm of criticism in Budapest, where pro-government media accuse him of violating diplomatic protocols, meddling in the judiciary and undermining the country's traditional values. Published February 2, 2023

Hong Kong's outspoken Cardinal Joseph Zen, center, and other religious protesters hold placards with "Respects religious freedom" written on them during a demonstration outside the China Liaison Office in Hong Kong, Wednesday, July 11, 2012. Reports say a Roman Catholic cardinal and three others have been arrested in Hong Kong on suspicion of colluding with foreign forces to endanger Chinese national security. U.K.-based human rights group Hong Kong Watch said Cardinal Joseph Zen, lawyer Margaret Ng, singer Denise Ho and scholar Hui Po-keung were detained Wednesday, May 11, 2022, by Hong Kong's National Security Police. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

Religious freedom under threat; summit highlights actions by China, developments in Japan

Religious freedom is not only under growing threat around the globe from China and other totalitarian regimes, warned dignitaries at a summit this week in Washington, but faces challenges such as efforts by leftists in such stalwart democracies as Japan to curb faith groups since last year's assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Published February 1, 2023

Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during The United States Conference of Mayors, Jan. 18, 2023, in Washington. Blinken will travel to Egypt, Israel and the West Bank this weekend in his first trip to the Middle East this year. It comes amid an escalation in Israeli-Palestinian violence, U.S. concerns over the direction of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new government and ongoing issues with Egypt’s human rights record. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard, File)

Taiwan, North Korea and other tricky issues loom over Blinken’s China trip

Chinese technical support for Russian mercenaries in Ukraine, North Korean nukes and the prospect of a Chinese military invasion of Taiwan could all be on the table when Secretary of State Antony Blinken touches down in Beijing for a high-stakes diplomatic visit this weekend. Or not. Published January 31, 2023

Polish soldiers assigned to the 11th Armored Lubuska Cavalry Division gather around the recently removed Abrams M1A2 System Enhancement Package version 3 tanks power pack during the Abrams Logistical Summit at Drawsko Pomorskie, Poland, Oct. 27, 2022. The 3-1 ABCT is proudly working alongside 1st Infantry Division, other NATO allies and regional security partners to provide combat-credible forces to V Corps, America's forward deployed corps in Europe. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Kevin T. Brown Jr.)

U.S., Germany set to send tanks to Ukraine in face of Russian assault

The United States and Germany were poised Tuesday to approve the transfer of U.S.-made M1 Abrams and German-made Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine, ending weeks of reluctance to send such powerful weapons to bolster Ukraine's fight against Russia's ongoing onslaught. Published January 24, 2023