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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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Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Obama toast during a state dinner Friday at the White House. (AP Photo)

Blindsided White House whines as China's military expands global reach

The clash between China and the U.S. over who will control the South China Sea, one of the world's busiest waterways, escalated Wednesday as Secretary of State John F. Kerry lashed out at Beijing after the Obama administration said it confirmed reports that China had deployed advanced surface-to-air missiles on a built-up island it occupies in the contested sea. Published February 17, 2016

President Obama said heads of state from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations had "discussed the need for tangible steps in the South China Sea to lower tensions, including a halt to further reclamation, new construction and militarization of disputed areas."

Obama offers veiled reprimand of China in South China Sea dispute

Without mentioning China by name, President Obama offered an implicit reprimand of Beijing at the close of a two-day summit he hosted for Southeast Asian leaders Tuesday, suggesting China's construction of artificial islands and naval bases in the contested South China Sea was destabilizing the region and vowing to keep the sea open to international traffic. Published February 16, 2016

Fighting around Syria's largest city of Aleppo has brought government forces closer to the Turkish border than at any point in recent years, routing rebels from key areas and creating a humanitarian disaster. (Associated Press)

Syria cease-fire would help Assad, allies secure control of Aleppo

Syria's largest city has become the biggest prize for embattled President Bashar Assad and his Iranian and Russian backers, as the Obama administration pushes to implement a cease-fire that would effectively consolidate their gains around the onetime moderate opposition stronghold of Aleppo. Published February 14, 2016

Under army patrol, South Korean cargo trucks head to Kaesong, North Korea. South Korea said it will shut down the joint industrial park there and accused Pyongyang of using hard currency from Kaesong to develop its nuclear and missile programs. (Associated Press)

U.S. and Asian allies punishing North Korea for its aggression

Aftershocks from North Korea's satellite launch over the weekend continued to reverberate on both sides of Pacific on Wednesday, as South Korea pulled the plug on a high-profile joint venture with Pyongyang, the U.S. and Japan moved ahead on new economic sanctions on the North and China faced increasing pressure to rein in its rogue ally. Published February 10, 2016

Choe Ryong Hae (center), director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People's Army (KPA), and other delegates (from left) Kim Hyong Jun, deputy minister Foreign Affairs, Ri Yong Gil, colonel general of KPA, Kim Song Nam, vice department director of the Central Committee of the Workers party of Korea, and Kim Su Gil, lieutenant general of KPA, pose before leaving Pyongyang Airport for China on May 22, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

North Korea's army chief of staff executed: Report

A top North Korean military general was executed this month on corruption and other charges, according to a South Korean news report Wednesday, sparking speculation that ruler Kim Jong-un may have deemed the official as an internal threat to his grip on power in Pyongyang. Published February 10, 2016

"In my 50-plus years in the intelligence business, I cannot recall a more diverse array of crises and challenges than we face today," Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper said at a daylong Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday. (Associated Press)

Intel chief warns of widening array of terror dangers

President Obama's top intelligence official warned Tuesday that the country is facing an unusually broad range of security threats, from Islamic State recruitment of extremists inside the U.S., to Iranian support for terrorism, to the expanding pursuit by Russia and China of cyberspying technology and weapons capable of neutralizing U.S. satellites orbiting the earth. Published February 9, 2016

** FILE ** Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the United States. (Associated Press)

Russian ambassador sees U.S. ties at post-Cold War low

Russia's top diplomat in the U.S. said in a briefing with reporters Monday that relations between Washington and Moscow are in "a deplorably difficult state" and have fallen in recent years to their lowest point since the end of the Cold War. Published February 8, 2016

At least 35 migrants die as boats capsize off Turkey

At least 35 migrants were killed Monday after two boats capsized off the coast of western Turkey, just as German Chancellor Angela Merkel was visiting the nation to strategize with Turkish authorities on how to stem the flow of refugees to Europe from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Published February 8, 2016

South Korean army soldiers watch a news program about North Korea's rocket launch Sunday at Seoul Railway Station. (Associated Press)

U.S., allies defy China, push missile shield after North Korea launches rocket

North Korea defied international warnings Sunday by launching a new long-range rocket -- prompting swift condemnation from the United Nations and frustration in Washington and Seoul, which will now formalize long-anticipated talks toward deploying an advanced U.S. missile shield in South Korea despite opposition from China. Published February 7, 2016

State Department spokesman John Kirby. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Obama administration pressures Russia to stop Syria bombing campaign

The Obama administration escalated its demand that Russia halt its bombing campaign in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad on Thursday, a day after a major multinational push to hold peace talks aimed at ending Syria's 5-year-old civil war struggled to get off the ground. Published February 4, 2016

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made it clear in a meeting with President Obama that his intent to engage in the peace process is predicated on actions by Palestinians as well as U.S. actions on Iran.

Iran is banking billions more than expected thanks to Obama's deal

The Obama administration is finding itself on the defensive amid rising charges that the U.S. and its allies lowballed the estimate of the billions of dollars Iran will reap from the deal that curbed Tehran's nuclear programs in exchange for the lifting of punishing economic sanctions. Published February 3, 2016

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos answers a question during an interview at the Presidential Palace in Bogota, Colombia, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

U.S. ready to boost aid to Colombia in hopes of FARC peace deal

The White House threw its weight behind Colombia's push for a major peace accord with leftist FARC rebels Tuesday, announcing that President Obama will ask Congress to ramp up security-related aid to the South American nation if a final deal gets signed in the months ahead. Published February 2, 2016

In this Jan. 3, 2016 photo, with the aid of head lamps, rebel fighters for the 36th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or FARC, prepare a breakfast of rice, beans, sausages and coffee, in their hidden camp in Antioquia state, in the northwest Andes of Colombia. The day begins around 4:30 a.m. inside the temporary camp, home to 22 rank and file fighters, 4 commanders and 2 dogs. All rank and file are expected to share in kitchen patrol. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Obama set to announce new plan to aid Colombia after civil war

The Obama administration is poised to announced a major new aid proposal for Colombia in a bid to back the South American nation's push for a final peace accord with leftist FARC rebels after more than a generation of civil war. Published February 2, 2016

CIA Director John Brennan said last fall that while Islamic State has established itself as "the epitome of a cancer that's metastasizing," it would only take one grand operation to reestablish al Qaeda's global preeminence. (Associated Press)

West in crosshairs as Islamic State, al Qaeda battle for jihadi supremacy

Osama bin Laden's original al Qaeda network and the newer, upstart Islamic State movement are competing to outperform each other in a global battle for jihadi supremacy, fueling fears that the rivalry will mean more terrorist attacks on the U.S. and its allies until one side establishes supremacy. Published February 1, 2016

Kim Yong-nam (left), North Korea's No. 2 political leader and head of its legislature, has been meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. The length of a visit in August raised alarm bells in Washington. (Associated Press/File)

U.S. urged to block any North Korean support for Iran nukes

The U.S. must do more to track and block companies that could be aiding the collaboration between Iran and North Korea on nuclear and military programs, according to a report published in Washington on Thursday that claims the links between the two isolated nations is deeper than commonly recognized. Published January 28, 2016

Secretary of State John Kerry's trip to Beijing this week was preceded by reports that the administration is pushing behind the scenes on China and other North Asian nations to embrace an aggressive sanctions regime that would even ban all oil exports to North Korea. (Associated Press)

John Kerry presses a reluctant China over North Korea nukes

Chinese officials say they are willing to back a harshly worded U.N. resolution condemning North Korea's latest nuclear test, but a visit by Secretary of State John F. Kerry to Beijing Wednesday revealed the Obama administration has so far failed to win Beijing's support for ramped-up economic sanctions against Pyongyang. Published January 27, 2016

For the first time, guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia are thinking about a future outside their jungle hideout. (Associated Press)

Colombia, FARC rebels nearing peace deal amid worries about aftermath

While Washington's foreign policy machine is focused elsewhere, the longest-running conflict in the Western Hemisphere may be quietly inching to a close as Colombia's government and leftist FARC rebels push to meet a self-imposed deadline for peace. Published January 25, 2016

President of the Kurdistan Regional Government Massoud Barzani (Associated Press) **FILE**

Kurdish leader calls for redrawing Mideast borders

The president of Iraqi Kurdistan says the creation of an independent Kurdish state in the Middle East is "now closer than at any other time" and is calling on world leaders to accept that the nearly century-old Sykes-Picot pact that resulted in the Mideast's current borders has failed. Published January 22, 2016

Chinese President Xi Jinping is making overtures to Middle Eastern powers regarding expanded trade. (Associated Press)

China moves to supplant U.S. as key foreign power in Middle East

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Saudi Arabia Tuesday for the first stop on a closely watched tour that will include visits to Egypt and Iran, as Beijing pushes to widen its access to Middle East oil and potentially supplant Washington as the most influential foreign power operating in the tumultuous region. Published January 19, 2016