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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 [email protected].

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Articles by Guy Taylor

State Department issues warning against travel to Nigeria

The State Department updated its travel warning for Nigeria this week, restricting travel by U.S. government personnel to northern parts of the West African nation and asserting the risk of "attacks against Western targets in Nigeria remains high." Published March 1, 2012

North Korea's spent nuclear fuel rods, kept in a cooling pond, are seen at the nuclear facilities in Yongbyon. (Yonhap News Agency via Associated Press/File)

North Korea nuke concessions raise doubt

North Korea's agreement to suspend nuclear tests and uranium enrichment in exchange for food aid provides little insight into whether new leader Kim Jong-un is seeking to soften the totalitarian nation's posture toward the rest of the world. Published February 29, 2012

Anti-government protesters carry a banner reading "The Senegalese revolution said to liberate the people," as they are blocked by police from reaching Independence Square in central Dakar, Senegal, on Feb. 21, 2012. (Associated Press)

U.S. urges calm ahead of Senegal election

U.S. officials called for calm Wednesday ahead of this weekend's election in Senegal, where opposition leaders are vowing to render the West African nation ungovernable if its 85-year-old incumbent president seeks a third term. Published February 22, 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and EU High Representative Catherine Ashton take part in a news conference Feb. 17, 2012, at the State Department in Washington. (Associated Press)

U.S., EU optimistic for Iran nuke talks

U.S. and European leaders expressed optimism Friday that direct talks with Iran about its nuclear program could restart in the near future. Published February 17, 2012

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Iowa homecoming awaits Chinese leader

The last time China's next president visited the United States, he bunked in the spare bedroom of a small-town Iowa home, replete with football wallpaper, a window's view of an old iron basketball hoop and "Star Wars" figurines on the dresser. Published February 13, 2012

U.S. not ready to back U.N. peace force

U.S. and Turkish officials condemned the mounting bloodshed in Syria on Monday but declined to endorse calls by the Arab League for the creation of a U.N. peacekeeping force to quell the violence. Published February 13, 2012

Indian police forensics experts collect evidence on Feb. 13, 2012, after an explosion tore through a car belonging to the Israel Embassy in New Delhi. Assailants targeted Israeli diplomats in India and Georgia in near-simultaneous strikes Monday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed on archenemy Iran, and its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah. (Associated Press)

Clinton condemns attacks on Israeli embassies

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday condemned in "the strongest possible terms, the bombing of an Israeli diplomatic vehicle in India and the attempted attack on Israeli Embassy personnel in Georgia." Published February 13, 2012

** FILE ** Glyn Davies, the U.S. special representative for North Korea affairs, speaks to journalists at a hotel after he met with Chinese officials in Beijing on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

U.S. plans new talks with North Korea

The State Department said Monday that U.S. officials will engage in direct talks with North Korea later this month, signaling the first major development in the tense relations between the West and Pyongyang since the death of longtime North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il. Published February 13, 2012

**FILE** Sen. John McCain (Associated Press)

McCain calls for U.S. to consider arming Syrian protesters

Sen. John McCain on Tuesday said the United States should consider smuggling weapons into Syria to help unarmed anti-government protesters targeted by the Syrian military, whose ongoing crackdown continues to push the nation toward civil war. Published February 7, 2012

A member of the Free Syrian Army stands guard Monday during a rally of anti-regime demonstrators in Idlib, Syria. The U.S. closed its embassy in Syria, and Britain recalled its ambassador to Damascus in an escalation of Western pressure on President Bashar Assad to give up power. (Associated Press)

U.S. shuts embassy in Syria as Obama tells Assad to go

An international standoff on Syria intensified Monday as the U.S. shuttered its embassy in Damascus and Britain recalled its ambassador amid an increase in violence that many now believe is headed for full-blown civil war. Published February 6, 2012

Enrique Pena Nieto is the candidate of the Institutional Revolutionary Party in Mexico's presidential election, which is set for July 1. Mr. Nieto has been quoted as supporting a withdrawal of military forces from the war on the drug cartels. (Associated Press)

Mexican vote may determine future of drug war

The front-runner in Mexico's presidential race represents a party known for allowing drug-trafficking cartels semiautonomous control of certain regions during its rule in the previous century. Published February 3, 2012

'Hell to pay' if terrorists' link to drug cartels isn't checked

Collaboration between Latin American drug cartels and groups such as Iran's Quds Force and the Islamic terror group Hezbollah is growing "far faster than most policymakers in Washington, D.C., choose to admit," a former U.S. intelligence official testified Tuesday. Published February 2, 2012

Children gather around a scorched police truck after an attack at a police station in Kano, Nigeria, last week. Youths overran the police station in the Sheka neighborhood that morning. (Associated Press)

U.S. tries to steady oil-rich, but restive Nigeria

U.S. officials are monitoring developments in Nigeria, where massive protests and a series of bombings by a shadowy Islamist group have rocked the West African nation, a key U.S. oil supplier. Published January 29, 2012

Nigeria Islamist militant sect drawing increased scrutiny

The scene in Nigeria's northern city of Kano unfolded like a script that could only have been written by al Qaeda: Several explosives-laden cars driven by suicide bombers hit multiple police stations with choreographed attacks over the course of a single hour. Published January 29, 2012

British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during a media conference. (Associated Press File)

U.S. lauds EU for embargo on Iranian crude oil

U.S. leaders praised the European Union's embargo on Iranian oil Monday, even though it triggered a jump of more than $1 per barrel in global oil prices and signaled the potential for a rise in U.S. gasoline prices in the weeks ahead. Published January 23, 2012

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks Jan. 16, 2012, during the South Carolina Republican presidential candidate debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Associated Press)

State Department slams Perry's 'terrorists' comment on Turkey

The State Department said Tuesday it "absolutely and fundamentally" disagrees with Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry's remark during Monday's debate in South Carolina that Turkey is "ruled by what many would perceive to be Islamic terrorists." Published January 17, 2012