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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 [email protected].

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CIA Director-designate Rep. Michael Pompeo, R-Kan. is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2017, prior to testifying at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Mike Pompeo says intel is 'lifeblood' of national security

In a break from weeks of friction between President-elect Donald Trump and the Obama administration's outgoing intelligence community chiefs, Mr. Trump's nominee to head the CIA said Thursday that intelligence is the "lifeblood" of U.S. national security and "is more in demand than ever." Published January 12, 2017

Lights go out at Pompeo CIA hearing

The confirmation hearing for President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to head the CIA was abruptly halted by a power outage just as it was getting under way Thursday morning on Capitol Hill. Published January 12, 2017

Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Rex Tillerson takes tough line on Russian hacking in tense hearing

Former ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump's choice for secretary of state, took a tough line on Russian hacking, praised Mexican immigrants and acknowledged the problem posed by global climate change -- drawing repeated accolades from Democrats during his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday, but setting up some potentially awkward moments with his future boss. Published January 11, 2017

Secretary of State John Kerry looks toward President Barack Obama during a bilateral meeting with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on the margins of 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama hoped to use Islamic State as leverage against Assad, John Kerry reveals

Well before Russia's military came to Bashar Assad's aid in Syria, the Obama administration calculated that the Islamic State's expansion in the region would force the Syrian president into negotiating with Washington, according to private comments Secretary of State John F. Kerry made last fall. Published January 10, 2017

U.S. intelligence reported Russian media hailed Donald Trump's victory as "vindication of [President Vladimir] Putin's advocacy of global populist movements." (Associated Press)

Russia's government-owned news operation actively backed Donald Trump, worked with WikiLeaks

The assertion by American spies that Russian hacking gave Donald Trump an edge in the election is dominating headlines, but almost no attention has gone to an entirely separate focus of the report circulated Friday by the U.S. intelligence community -- the influential role played by Russia's government-owned, and increasingly high-profile, satellite news organization. Published January 8, 2017

"This is already psychological warfare," said ex-Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos. (Associated Press)

Philippines' former president urges Donald Trump to mend relations

President-elect Donald Trump would be well-advised to make a trip here early in his administration to shore up Washington's troubled alliance with one of the linchpins of its regional security network, says former President Fidel V. Ramos, an elder statesman among the Philippines' political and military elite. Published January 4, 2017

Demonstrators keep up protests of the extrajudicial killings in Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs campaign, which has led to some 3,600 deaths, often in the streets. (Associated Press)

Rodrigo Duterte's violent war on drugs strains U.S.-Philippines alliance

Since taking office six months ago, hard-line populist President Rodrigo Duterte has succeeded in turning this city into one of the murder capitals of the world, authorizing the police and an array of unknown accomplices to gun down at point-blank range anyone suspected of dealing or using illegal drugs. Published January 3, 2017

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