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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.

He can be reached at

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Protesters hold placards with a depiction of Eiffel Tower in Paris, right, marked with a shoe stamp a sign of disrespect, and one, left with a slogan reading in Turkish: "May my mother and father be sacrificed in your name, Prophet!", during a protest by members of Islamic groups against France in Istanbul, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020.  There had been tension between France and Turkey after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said France's President Emmanuel Macron needed mental health treatment and made other comments that the French government described as unacceptably rude. Erdogan questioned his French counterpart's mental condition while criticizing Macron's attitude toward Islam and Muslims. (AP Photo)

Turkey's interference worries friends, angers foes

Turkey's military adventurism in Syria and Iraq has long spurred talk that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seeks to reclaim areas of the former Ottoman Empire, but a string of more recent clashes has sparked mounting concern in Washington that a key NATO ally has become a potentially dangerous and destabilizing geopolitical force. Published November 1, 2020

Morale at the State Department has plummeted since President Trump took office, but senior diplomats say the department's role had been diminished in past presidential administrations both Republican and Democrat. (Associated Press/File)

State Department establishment hopes to regain clout in Biden administration

The prospect of a Biden victory next month has sent hopes soaring in the diplomatic establishment that the State Department could be in for more money and more clout over the next four years as it claws back power lost in recent decades to the Pentagon and National Security Council. Published October 25, 2020

An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Tophatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 participates in an air power demonstration over the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is returning from an eight-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Ignacio D. Perez/Released)

Trump rallying Asian allies to be top gun in showdown with China

The Trump administration's push for a military alliance among the major democracies of Asia to contain China showed new signs of moving ahead more rapidly than anticipated, with Australian agreeing to join U.S., Indian, Japanese forces in historic joint naval exercises next month. Published October 25, 2020

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (right) said the "Free and Open Indo-Pacific" security initiative is as important as ever as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seeks help to counter China's aggressive actions. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Pompeo pitches Asian allies on framework to counter China

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that China's increasingly aggressive actions on the world stage must be countered by deeper coordination among the pro-democracy forces of the "Quad" — an informal strategic grouping of the U.S., Australia, Japan and India. Published October 6, 2020

Japan to host U.S., India and Australia amid growing talk of 'Asian NATO'

Japan will host a high-level security dialogue next week with the U.S., India and Australia -- bringing together the pro-democracy nations of the so-called "Quad" at a moment of mounting suggestion from the Trump administration that the informal grouping could be the foundation for an "Asian NATO" alliance aimed at containing China. Published September 29, 2020

In this image taken from footage released by Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, Azerbaijan's soldiers fire from a mortar at the contact line of the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan. Fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the disputed separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh continued on Monday morning after erupting the day before, with both sides blaming each other for resuming the attacks. (Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry via AP)

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict threatens to draw Russia, Turkey into fight

One of Eastern Europe's longest frozen conflicts has exploded into a hot war in recent days, with clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh killing dozens of people and threatening to drag nearby Turkey and Russia into a direct military confrontation. Published September 28, 2020

Virus crisis accelerates debates over China, digital divide, panel says

The COVID-19 era "reality shift" has accelerated the race among the world's most powerful nations for global influence and America will have to get smarter about harnessing and spreading access to digital technology if it seeks to retain its position as the world's top economic and geopolitical force. Published September 24, 2020

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference to announce the Trump administration's restoration of sanctions on Iran, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, at the U.S. State Department in Washington. Standing behind Pompeo are from left, National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump imposes 'snapback' sanctions as Iran scolds U.S.

The U.S. clash with Iran escalated anew Monday, with the Trump administration vowing to use America's global economic reach to reimpose sweeping U.N. sanctions aimed at blocking Tehran's nuclear programs, while Iran said an isolated and spurned Washington was taking "irresponsible" steps without any backing from the international community. Published September 21, 2020

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks on the second day of the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Iran's FM Zarif scolds U.S., says Washington to blame for dying nuclear deal

Iran's top diplomat wagged his finger at the screen as he scolded the United States during a webinar hosted by a prominent American think tank Monday, claiming the Trump administration is violating international law by trying to reimpose sweeping U.N. sanctions on Tehran. Published September 21, 2020

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to reporters following a meeting with members of the U.N. Security Council, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, at the United Nations. The Trump administration has formally notified the United Nations of its demand for all U.N. sanctions on Iran to be restored, citing significant Iranian violations of the 2015 nuclear deal.  (Mike Segar/Pool via AP)

Iran mocks Trump's 'snap back' of sanctions

The Trump administration has put itself on collision course with the world's major powers, saying it will declare this weekend a reimposition of virtually all international sanctions on Iran that were due to be lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal. Published September 17, 2020