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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.

He can be reached at

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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko attends meeting with medical staff as he visits a hospital which provides medical care to patients with COVID-19, in the town of Stolbtsy, 75 kilometers (46 miles) south-west of Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. (Maxim Guchek/BelTA Pool Photo via AP)

'Europe's last dictator' clings to power despite protesters' demands

Months of demonstrations calling for the ouster of longtime authoritarian strongman Alexander Lukashenko had raised hopes for a democratic uprising in Belarus, a country of roughly 10 million people located in the tense geopolitical battleground between Russia and the West. Published December 9, 2020


Envoy going to South Korea for last trip on behalf of Trump administration

The top U.S. diplomat for North Korea policy is headed to South Korea this week for what's likely to be a final visit on behalf of the Trump administration, amid growing uncertainty for the incoming Biden administration over the way ahead for denuclearization talks that have been stalled for over a year. Published December 7, 2020

Belarusian opposition politician Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya gives a press conference at Christiansborg, in Copenhagen, Denmark, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. (Liselotte Sabroe / Scanpix via AP)

Belarus opposition leader: 'Lukashenko must go'

The leader of the Belarus' opposition said Monday that the pro-democracy movement in her nation will not subside until the former Soviet republic's longtime authoritarian strongman, Alexander Lukashenko, steps down from the presidency. Published December 7, 2020

In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attends the 21st meeting of the Political Bureau of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang, North Korea Sunday, Nov. 29,  2020.  (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)  **FILE**

Thousands dying in secret North Korean COVID camps: Report

South Korea cast fresh doubt over the weekend on North Korea's assertions that it has not recorded a single COVID-19, while reports swirled of tens of thousands dying in secret quarantine camps run by the ruling regime in Pyongyang. Published December 6, 2020

In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attends the 21st meeting of the Political Bureau of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang, North Korea Sunday, Nov. 29,  2020.  (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)  **FILE**

North Korean hackers hunting for COVID-19 vaccine secrets: Reports

North Korea is running an elaborate cyberespionage operation aimed at hacking companies developing COVID-19 treatments and vaccines, including the U.S. pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson, according to sources involved in investigating the hacking attempts. Published December 3, 2020

As vice president, Joseph R. Biden visited Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing. He called for intimate U.S. economic and trade integration with the emerging communist power. (Associated Press/File)

N. Korea defector: Biden should sanction China, Russia

One of the highest level defectors ever to flee North Korea's repressive regime said Wednesday that Trump-era economic pressure has weakened the North Korean economy and the next U.S. administration should double-down with so-called "secondary sanctions" to block Chinese and Russian support for the regime. Published December 2, 2020

'Not a developing economy': Biden pressed to maintain Trump's pressure on China

China's status as a "developing" nation in the eyes of multinational institutions and agreements gives Beijing a range of benefits, including less strict carbon emission standards and softer foreign trade rules, despite its emergence as an economic and military superpower challenging U.S. dominance in Asia and beyond. Published November 29, 2020

In this Sept. 29, 2013, file photo, a Pakistani man carrying a child rushes away from the site of a blast shortly after a car bomb exploded in Peshawar, Pakistan. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad, File)

Deaths from terror attacks down nearly 60% since 2014, survey finds

Here's one small reason for gratitude during the Thanksgiving season: Deaths caused by terrorist attacks around the world have fallen by more than half in just the last five years, declining again in 2019, according to an annual analysis released Wednesday by a prominent Australian think tank. Published November 25, 2020

A supporter of Iran backed militia holds a poster of Iraq's Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, while others burning the building of Dijala local TV channel accusing it of broadcasting songs and dance on the holy Shiite day of Ashura in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Assassination by Israeli agents exposes Iran's links to al Qaeda

The reported assassination of a top al Qaeda leader on the streets of Tehran has raised fresh questions about the murky relationship between Iran and the radical Sunni terror group, as well as about the depths of clandestine U.S. and Israeli operations aimed at destroying that relationship. Published November 17, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden speaks Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

'America First' on the ropes as Biden eyes Obama officials, never-Trumpers for Cabinet

It's become common wisdom in Washington that one of the first things presumptive President-elect Joseph R. Biden plans to do upon arriving at the White House is flush the Trump administration's "America First" doctrine down the drain -- but that the extent to which it actually happens is going depend upon the support team Mr. Biden chooses as his top foreign policy and national security advisers. Published November 11, 2020

"There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday when asked whether his department was preparing to engage with the Biden transition team. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Pompeo denies election squabbling hampers transition

In his first public comments on the tight 2020 presidential race, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that he believes President Trump will emerge as the winner of last week's election when the votes are all counted, despite the multiple media calls that Democrat Joseph R. Biden has won the race. Published November 10, 2020

President Donald Trump listens as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

Mike Pompeo says transition will be 'smooth' to 'second Trump term'

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asserted Tuesday that he believes President Trump will emerge as the winner of last week's election, despite mainstream media coverage backing presumptive President-elect Joseph R. Biden's claim to victory. Published November 10, 2020

In this Oct. 25, 2015, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un gestures as he watches a military parade during celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of North Korea's Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea. For months, North Korea has been relatively uncombative, as Kim grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, a string of natural disasters and the deepening economic pain from years of tough U.S.-led sanctions. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

U.S. adversaries mum on Biden win, anticipate return to Obama-era policies

Traditional U.S. allies rushed to congratulate presumptive President-elect Joseph R. Biden over the weekend, but U.S. enemies and geopolitical adversaries were more cautious, with several expressing outright relief at the prospect of no longer having to deal with President Trump and his bare-knuckle sanctions and trade policies. Published November 8, 2020

Israeli protesters hold a large American flag at a weekly demonstration calling for the ouster of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, shortly after results of the U.S. presidential election were announced, in Jerusalem, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. Thousands of Israelis protested against Netanyahu, a close ally of Trump, demanding he step down because of his handling of the coronavirus crisis and the corruption charges he faces. (AP Photo / Maya Alleruzzo)

Netanyahu congratulates Biden; China, Russia, Saudi still silent

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -- one of President Trump's closest personal allies overseas -- joined the growing chorus on Sunday of international leaders congratulating Joseph R. Biden for his projected election victory. Published November 8, 2020

A man wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus reads the headlines about the U.S. presidential elections at a newspapers stand in Paris, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. The world is watching as millions of Americans cast their ballots for the next president on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

'Edge of their seats': Cliffhanger election robs victor of global mandate

In a testament to America's staying power as the leading global superpower, the fight for the White House contest is being greeted with interest and enthusiasm befitting a heavyweight "pay-per-view" fight -- with world leaders and citizens alike gobbling up each new twist. Published November 4, 2020