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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 the motives and fallout around 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 for reporting on political, economic and security developments in Mexico.

Prior to joining The Times in 2011, Mr. Taylor's 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 feature stories for Agence France-Presse.

Mr. Taylor is a graduate of Clark University and 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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Libyans and Americans stand with wreaths, a poster and a photo of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens on it as they gather on Monday in front of the U.S. consulate gate to pay their respect to Mr. Stevens and three other Americans killed in last week’s attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya. (Associated Press)

Skeptics say Middle East attacks organized

Pressure is increasing for Congress to conduct its own independent investigation into last week's attacks on diplomatic posts in Egypt and Libya as lawmakers and even Libya's president dispute the Obama administration's assertion that the attacks were merely mob violence spawned by an offensive film. Published September 17, 2012

**FILE** U.S. envoy Chris Stevens speaks April 11, 2011, to local media at the Tibesty Hotel where an African Union delegation was meeting with opposition leaders in Benghazi, Libya. The U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi by protesters angry over a film that ridiculed Islam's Prophet Muhammad. (Associated Press)

State Dept. acknowledges video of slain ambassador in Libya

The State Department acknowledged Monday the existence of video that shows U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens being pulled from the burning remains of a U.S. diplomatic compound that was attacked by militants in eastern Libya last week. Published September 17, 2012

An Egyptian protester stomps on the roof of a car in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, early Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, before police cleared the area after days of protests against a film ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad. Egyptian police on Saturday cleared out protesters who have been clashing with security forces for the past four days near the U.S. Embassy as most cities around the Muslim world reported calm a day after at least six people were killed in a wave of angry protests over an anti-Islam film.(AP Photo)

Egypt’s Islamic TV talks with iron Salafist

A Muslim cleric hosting an Egyptian television show recently outlined his version of Islamic instructions for wife-beating. In another show, a cleric claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood, now governing Egypt, one day will rule the world. Published September 16, 2012

A protester demonstrating against Japan's claim to disputed islands holds a picture of the rocky islands, known as Senkaku to Japanese and Diaoyu to Chinese, on Sept. 11, 2012 in front of a Chinese national flag during a rally outside the Japanese Consulate General in Hong Kong. The sign reads "Diaoyu belongs to China." (Associated Press)

U.S. faces setback in China seas dispute

U.S. efforts to counter the rise of Chinese military power in the Pacific faced a significant setback this week when Beijing dispatched two surveillance ships to assert sovereignty over a chain of small islands governed by Japan. Published September 13, 2012

An Egyptian protester throws stones toward riot police next to a burning police car during clashes near the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. Protesters clash with police near the U.S. Embassy in Cairo for the third day in a row. Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi vowed to protect foreign embassies in Cairo, where police were using tear gas to disperse protesters at the U.S. mission. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Four arrested in deadly attack on U.S. Consulate in Libya

Libyan security officials Thursday said they have arrested four men suspected of involvement in the attack that killed a U.S. ambassador this week, and referred to the incident as an organized assault by militants who carried out carefully timed raids on both the diplomatic compound and a safe house where evacuated U.S. personnel were waiting to be rescued. Published September 13, 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton listens as President Obama speaks Sept. 12, 2012, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on the death of Christopher Stevens, U.S. ambassador to Libya. (Associated Press)

U.S., Libya to probe violence after slaying of ambassador

U.S. and Libyan officials launched investigations Wednesday into a deadly nighttime attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, trying to determine whether it was a premeditated assault by Muslim militants or a mob enraged by a U.S.-produced film that derides Islam's Prophet Muhammad. Published September 12, 2012

Protesters destroy an American flag pulled down from the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. Egyptian protesters, largely ultra conservative Islamists, climbed the walls of the U.S. embassy in Cairo, went into the courtyard and brought down the flag, replacing it with a black flag with Islamic inscription, in protest of a film deemed offensive of Islam. (AP Photo/Mohammed Abu Zaid)

Mobs storm U.S. missions in Egypt and Libya; 1 American killed

A State Department officer was killed and another injured Tuesday in separate attacks on a U.S. Consulate in Libya and the U.S. Embassy in Cairo by hard-line Islamic protesters angry about an anti-Islamic film. Published September 11, 2012

President Obama, who visited the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., in April 2010, subsequently said, “By the mid-2030s, I believe, we can send humans to orbit Mars and return them safely to Earth. And a landing on Mars will follow. And I expect to be around to see it.” (Associated Press)

Space exploration is star-crossed on campaign trail

Advantageous as it may have been for a standing Republican president to have dreamed of the moon two elections ago, it's a call unlikely to emerge this campaign season from either President Obama or Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Published September 9, 2012

** FILE ** A small group of Nepal Youth Front, the student organization of Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist), hold their flags and shout slogans during a protest against the hike of fuel prices in Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. The state-owned Nepal Oil Corp. Sunday announced the rise in prices, which came into effect Monday. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

State Department drops Maoists from terrorist watch list

The State Department on Thursday removed the Communist Party of Nepal from the U.S. list of terrorist organizations on grounds the Maoist group has abandoned its militant past in favor of "engagement in peaceful political dialogue in Nepal." Published September 6, 2012

A Syrian child who fled her home in Aleppo with her family because of fighting between the rebels and the Syrian army, rests Wednesday at a school where she and her family took refuge, in Suran, Syria. (Associated Press)

Turkey, Egypt hit Assad for ‘terrorism’

Regional calls for the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad reached new heights Wednesday, with Turkey describing the Assad regime as "one of state terrorism" and Egypt asserting that Mr. Assad should learn from the "recent history" of deposed Arab dictators and step down. Published September 5, 2012

Amjad Al-Saleh, a Syrian child suffering from food poisoning, is comforted by his mother as they take refuge at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing near Azaz, Syria, on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, in hopes of entering a refugee camp in Turkey. The Al-Saleh family left their home in Marea, Syria, 11 days before when government forces shelled their house. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

U.S. provides more aid for Syrian refugees

The United States is adding $21 million to its humanitarian aid package for people displaced by violence in Syria, U.S. officials said Wednesday amid U.N. reports that more than 100,000 Syrians fled to neighboring countries in August. Published September 5, 2012

Mexican President Felipe Calderon delivers his state-of-the-nation address to Congress in Mexico City on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

Mexico’s Calderon hails economic legacy, drug fight in last address

Outgoing Mexican President Felipe Calderon used his final State of the Union address to defend his administration’s bare-knuckle war on drug cartels, asserting that 22 of the nation’s 37 most wanted criminals have been “neutralized” since he took office six years ago. Published September 4, 2012

** FILE ** Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, makes a statement from a balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

State Dept. hits Assange’s ‘wild assertions’

The State Department on Monday accused WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of making "wild assertions" about the United States in an attempt to divert attention from Sweden's investigation into whether he should be charged with rape. Published August 20, 2012

**FILE** U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks Aug. 13, 2012, during a ceremony to launch the Development Alliance Korea, a coalition of local civic groups to promote overseas development aid, at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul. (Associated Press)

U.S. urges U.N. chief not to attend summit in Iran

The U.S. has told the U.N. chief that he would send a "very strange signal" to the world if he were to attend a conference of non-aligned states in Iran this month, the State Department said Thursday. Published August 16, 2012

A Syrian boy arrives at a field hospital after an airstrike hit homes on the outskirts of Aleppo on Wednesday. As bloodshed increases in Syria, critics say President Obama has relied too heavily on the United Nations. (Associated Press)

Obama vs. Romney on Syria policy

If killing Osama bin Laden, untangling U.S. forces from Iraq and fighting a bare-knuckle drone war against al Qaeda are the Obama administration's foreign policy triumphs, its biggest stumble may be its failure to produce an international solution to what has become an all-out civil war in Syria. Published August 15, 2012

**FILE** The F-35 stealth jet. (U.S. Air Force via Associated Press)

Neither Obama nor Romney has realistic plan to tame cost of F-35 stealth jet

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the white whale of the Defense Department — a stealth jet designed to work for all branches of the armed forces — but at a total cost of $1.5 trillion, it's also a program that analysts say is an epic boondoggle that neither President Obama nor his GOP challenger, Mitt Romney, has a realistic plan to get under control. Published August 12, 2012

**FILE** The string of islands known as Senkaku islands in Japanese, and Diaoyu in Chinese, are seen here Sept. 29, 2010. Relations between China and Japan were strained when a Chinese fishing boat collided with Japanese patrol vessels earlier that month near the islands in the East China Sea that are claimed by both countries as well as Taiwan. (Associated Press)

China to U.S.: ‘Shut up,’ butt out of territorial disputes

China told the United States to "shut up" and stay out of its dispute with countries bordering the South China Sea, after a State Department spokesman called for a peaceful settlement to the conflicting claims in the energy-rich, strategic sea lanes. Published August 8, 2012

President Obama talks about taxes on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House campus in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Obama, Romney spar over Pentagon spending

In a time of deep deficits and tight budgets, President Obama says the Defense Department cannot be entirely spared the scalpel. But Mitt Romney, his likely opponent in November's election, says the U.S. must spend more on the Pentagon now because it will pay off with a stronger economy in the long run. Published August 5, 2012