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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.

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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

Taiwan's M60A3 Patton main battle tanks fire during the 36th Han Kung military exercises in Taichung City, central Taiwan, Thursday, July 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying) ** FILE **

Trump to increase weapons sales to 'Fortress Taiwan,' report says

The Trump administration is planning to undergird its mounting pressure campaign against communist China with a dramatic expansion in U.S. weapons sales to the democratic island of Taiwan, whose independence has long been threatened by Beijing. Published September 16, 2020

FILE - This is a Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016  file photo of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, right, welcomes pro-Brexit British politician Nigel Farage, to speak at a campaign rally in Jackson, Miss. Britain's vote to leave the European Union was a major shock to the global political system. But in a year of political earthquakes, it has just been trumped. Like Brexit, Donald Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton in the U.S. presidential election was driven by voters turning against established order and mainstream politicians. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Trump's reelection 'crucial' to Europe's right wing

It's not just Americans who are anxious about the election: The wave of populist conservative parties that surged across Europe after Donald Trump won are watching the U.S. contest with intense interest on the hope that a second Trump term will boost their momentum. Published September 15, 2020

Yoshihide Suga was elected as the new head of Japan's ruling party on Monday, all but assuring that he will become the country's new prime minister when a parliamentary election is held later in the week. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Yoshihide Suga set to become next Japanese prime minister

Beijing and Washington watched closely Monday as Japan's ruling party cleared the way for Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga to take over later this week from his retiring boss, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and take up the task of balancing Tokyo's delicate relations with the U.S. and China. Published September 14, 2020

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. (Nicholas Kamm/Pool via AP)

Pompeo touts 'great strides to defeat al Qaeda' on 9/11 anniversary

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo marked the anniversary of 9/11 on Friday by emphasizing America's success in the battle to defeat al Qaeda, and by vowing the nation will never forget the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the attacks carried out by the terror group 19 years ago. Published September 11, 2020

President Trump dismissed criticisms about his three meetings with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, saying he "gave up nothing." (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Trump-Kim letters deepen drama over historic talks with North Korea

President Trump's COVID-19 comments got the headlines, but Mr. Trump also opened up to Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward about his unique relationship with Kim Jong-un, revealing sensitive correspondence that could be damaging to the pursuit of future talks with the North Korean leader. Published September 10, 2020

In this Aug. 19, 2019, file photo, a man waves an Afghan flag during Independence Day celebrations in Kabul, Afghanistan. Officials on both sides of Afghanistan's protracted conflict say efforts are ramping up for the start of intra-Afghan negotiations, a critical next step to a U.S. negotiated peace deal with the Taliban. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)

Trump administration hopeful as Taliban-Afghan talks slated to begin Saturday

U.S. officials expressed hope for success in long-awaited peace talks between the U.S.-backed Afghan government and Taliban militants Thursday, after it was announced that the talks will begin Saturday in Doha, Qatar, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to observe the opening. Published September 10, 2020

Students of the University of Theatre and Film Arts (SZFE) and their sympathizers form a human chain in protest against changes to the way the university is governed in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020.  (Marton Monus/MTI via AP)

U.S.-backed Radio Free Europe returns to counter 'disinformation' in Hungary

The American-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty network is reopening broadcasting operations in Hungary for the first time in nearly 30 years -- a move officials say is necessary to counter "disinformation" sullying the Eastern European nation's media landscape. Published September 8, 2020

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump on offense over Atlantic article claiming he disparages U.S. war dead

The fall presidential campaign accelerated into its traditional Labor Day kickoff with fireworks over the weekend over an anonymously sourced report that President Trump regularly disparages U.S. war dead in private -- a report Democrats quickly rallied around in an attempt to undermine Mr. Trump's recent gains in the polls. Published September 6, 2020

In this April 9, 2010, file photo, a Russian construction worker speaks on a mobile phone in Portovaya Bay some 170 kms (106 miles) north-west from St. Petersburg, Russia, during a ceremony marking the start of Nord Stream pipeline construction. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, file)

Navalny poisoning backlash could hand Trump a foreign policy win

The furor sparked by the apparent poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexander Navalny could hand President Trump an unexpected foreign policy win, as Germany weighs whether to pull out of the controversial oil pipeline project with Moscow that Washington has long sought to kill. Published September 3, 2020

In this photo provided on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, by the Greek Defense Ministry, worships from Greece, Italy, Cyprus and France, participate in a joint military exercise which was held from 26-28 of August, south of Turkey in eastern Mediterranean sea.  Turkey on Monday, Aug. 31, accused Greece of "piracy" and warned it will stand up to Athens' alleged efforts to militarize islands near its coast.(Greek Defense Ministry via AP)

Sea of troubles: Tensions flare across Mediterranean as world powers jockey for power

Moscow is eyeing a possible military base along the oil-rich shores of Libya. China is seeking investment deals across the region. Turkey is clashing with NATO partner Greece over drilling rights and militarized islands. Newly discovered offshore natural gas deposits have nations scrambling to stake their claims. Published September 2, 2020

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wearing a face mask, arrives at Prime Minister's office in Tokyo, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020.  Japan's longest-serving prime minister, Abe, said Friday, he is stepping down because a chronic health problem has resurfaced.(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Speculation swirls over Abe's successor as surprise resignation triggers unease in Tokyo

The surprise resignation of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe -- the longest-serving prime minister in modern Japanese history and one of Asia's most influential leaders -- has triggered unease in a region where Tokyo has stood firmly against North Korean provocations and Chinese muscle-flexing designed to intimidate American allies. Published August 31, 2020

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting via video conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Navalny poisoning fits Russia's pattern of assassinations, U.S. sources say

The Kremlin may be brushing off allegations that it poisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny, but U.S. sources say the case fits a pattern of targeted killings and assassination attempts against figures who challenge Russian President Vladimir Putin's authoritarian rule. Published August 26, 2020

In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attends a Politburo meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang, North Korea Thursday, June 2, 2020. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

Ex-CIA official, other North Korea experts cast doubts on Kim Jong-un coma reports

A former high-level CIA official and other North Korea analysts downplayed reports Monday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is in a coma, asserting the elusive young dictator is likely keeping a low profile amid the COVID-19 pandemic or simply staying mysteriously out of the spotlight at a moment of uncertainty in denuclearization talks. Published August 24, 2020

With the exception of the renegotiated NAFTA agreement, President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden differ across board on issues tied to Latin America. (Associated Press)

Latin American policy, immigration loom as Trump-Biden flash point

U.S. policy toward Latin America is having an outsized impact on the election, as Democrat Joseph R. Biden woos Hispanic voters in key swings states by vowing to reverse President Trump's hardline immigration policies and offer refuge for some 200,000 Venezuelans who have fled to the U.S. Published August 20, 2020

A man gives a thumbs up as he passes United Arab Emirates and Israeli flags at the Peace Bridge in Netanya, Israel, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. The UAE flag was displayed to celebrate last week's announcement that Israel and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to establish full diplomatic relations. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

U.S., Israel see other Arab states following UAE's lead

The normalization deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates grew from persistent backroom diplomacy by President Trump, according to National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien, who said Sunday that Mr. Trump personally and repeatedly engaged the two sides to clinch the agreement. Published August 16, 2020