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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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A supporter of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah holds up his portrait with Arabic words that read: "We belong with you," during an election campaign speech in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, April 13, 2018. Nasrallah says Monday's attack on the T4 air base ushers in a new phase that puts Israel in a state of "direct confrontation" with the Islamic Republic of Iran. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Israel ready to bomb Iran if necessary: Report

Israeli defense officials have told their American and Russian counterparts that if Iranian-backed forces attack Israel from inside Syria, Jerusalem will not hold back from retaliating with direct strikes against Tehran or other targets in Iran. Published April 30, 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (left) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in reportedly agreed to gradual arms reduction and to replace their military tension with trust. (Associated Press)

Trump gains confidence in swift denuclearization of North Korea

The Trump administration is growing in confidence that an upcoming summit with Kim Jong-un will achieve the aggressive denuclearization timeline Washington wants, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying the North Korean leader is "serious" about abandoning his nuclear program. Published April 29, 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in walk together at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, Friday, April 27, 2018. (Korea Summit Press Pool via AP)

Pompeo says he believes Kim Jong-un 'serious' about giving up nukes

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday he was "encouraged" by the "historic" summit between the North and South Korea, and that he believes North leader Kim Jong-un is "serious" about reaching a deal to abandon his nuclear weapons program. Published April 27, 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in raise their hands after signing on a joint statement at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, Friday, April 27, 2018. (Korea Summit Press Pool via AP)

Kim Jong-un finally appears serious about abandoning the nuclear weapons program

North and South Korea delivered a joint declaration affirming the "mutual goal" of pursuing "complete denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula Friday, signaling the firmest commitment to date by the North's Kim Jong-un that he may be serious about abandoning the nuclear weapons program his nation has long used to threaten America and its allies. Published April 27, 2018

Choi Jung-hoon, a former North Korean army official who defected to South Korea in 2006, helps run Free North Korea Radio, which has been piping news into the North. (Guy Taylor/The Washington Times)

North Korean defectors watch Kim Jong-un's visit to South Korea with dread

On the eve of a historic summit of the leaders of North and South Korea, the prospect of a diplomatic thaw and improved relations vexes many of North Korean defectors who have made new lives here, who vow they will never stop fighting for the removal of the government in Pyongyang even if Mr. Kim agrees to give up his nuclear weapons. Published April 26, 2018

People on a motorcycle pass a burning barricade during clashes near the University Politecnica de Nicaragua (UPOLI) in Managua, Nicaragua, Saturday, April 21, 2018. Nicaragua's government said on Saturday it is willing to negotiate over controversial social security reforms that have prompted protests and deadly clashes this week. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)

U.N. joins Trump admin in slamming Nicaragua leftists

The United Nations sharply criticized Nicaragua's leftist government over its heavy-handed crackdown on opposition protesters Tuesday -- a day after the Trump administration began pulling U.S. diplomats from country amid unrest that has left dozens dead. Published April 24, 2018

Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan speaks about the release of the 2017 country reports on human rights practices during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Friday, April 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump admin hits Russia, China, Iran, North Korea in annual human rights report

The State Department hit "China, Russia, Iran and North Korea" for violating the rights of their own citizens "on a daily basis" Friday, as U.S. diplomats released their annual worldwide human rights review, chronicling political executions, media oppression and other tyrannical activities in a range of nations. Published April 20, 2018

In this Aug. 21, 2017 photo released by the U.S. Defense Department, Qatari special operations personnel conduct a military free-fall Friendship Jump over Qatar. The U.S. military has halted some exercises with its Gulf Arab allies over the ongoing diplomatic crisis targeting Qatar,  trying to use its influence to end the monthslong dispute, authorities told The Associated Press on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. (Staff Sgt. Trevor T. McBride/ U.S. Air Force via AP) **FILE**

Qatar joins drills in Saudi Arabia in sign of GCC thaw

Military forces from the tiny but wealthy nation of Qatar participated in "joint" regional defense drills in Saudi Arabia this week, signaling a potential thaw in the biting diplomatic standoff that has pitted the Saudis and other Arab powers against Qatar for the past year -- a standoff that has created headaches for the Trump administration. Published April 20, 2018

Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo pauses while speaking during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to be Secretary of State, Thursday, April 12, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

Former Obama officials blast Mike Pompeo in social-media ads

A political action group run by former Obama administration officials and insiders from Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign launched a series of digital ads slamming CIA Director Mike Pompeo's nomination to be secretary of state Thursday, adding fuel to an increasingly fiery fight over the nomination on Capitol Hill. Published April 19, 2018

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping as they pose for the media after a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, April 3, 2018. (Parker Song/Pool Photo via AP)

China to expand ties with Zimbabwe as part of Africa push

Chinese President Xi Jinping wants to "write a new chapter in China-Zimbabwe relations" and create an intensive strategic partnership between the two, just months after a de facto military coup ended former Zimbabwean strongman Robert Mugabe's 37-year-rule over the southern African nation. Published April 3, 2018

President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a joint news conference at the Akasaka Palace, in Tokyo. Prime Minister Abe has announced plans to visit the U.S. from April 17-20, 2018, to discuss North Korea with President Trump ahead of expected summits between the North and the U.S. and South Korea. (Kiyoshi Ota/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Abe to meet Trump over fears Japan is being sidelined on North Korea talks

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could face some tense moments when he meets with President Trump this month at Mar-a-Lago, reflecting rising fears back home that Tokyo has been left on the sidelines as the U.S., South Korea and Chinese pursue direct diplomacy with North Korea. Published April 2, 2018

In this Feb. 24, 2017, file photo, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Md. President Donald is replacing National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster with Bolton. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Hawks see Bolton having Trump's back for hard line against North Korea

National Security Adviser-designate John Bolton's long record of tough talk could give President Trump some much-needed rhetorical back-up in difficult negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, some security policy watchers say, even as critics warn Mr. Bolton's appointment could undermine the delicate, multilateral diplomacy needed to strike a deal with Pyongyang. Published March 23, 2018

Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan meets with South Korea Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, Friday, March 16, 2018, at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) **FILE**

Acting State Department chief tries to rally the troops

Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, charged with holding a troubled State Department together until CIA Director Mike Pompeo can take over, offered a sober plea to diplomats Thursday to stay "inspired" at a moment of transition and uncertainty in the Trump administration. Published March 22, 2018