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Lauren Toms

Lauren Toms is a national security reporter for The Washington Times, covering national security committees on Capitol Hill, foreign affairs, defense, and diplomacy. She began covering politics at CNN during the 2016 presidential election, working closely with the national security and justice teams, and later joined Axios as an editor specializing in international and military coverage.

Lauren holds a master's degree in U.S. law from Washington University in St. Louis school of law, and a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from the George Washington University school of media and public affairs. She can be reached at [email protected].

Articles by Lauren Toms

Opposition leader Juan Guaido speaks during an event by health workers to honor their colleagues who have died of COVID-19 in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

'Egregious' violations: Juan Guaido seeks global backing after rights report

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido called on the international community to prosecute socialist President Nicolas Maduro and his allies, seeking to build on the momentum of a harshly critical United Nations investigation that revealed "egregious" human rights violations by the regime in Caracas. 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

Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., arrives to a House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing looking into the firing of State Department Inspector General Steven Linick, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)

House Foreign Relations Committee subpoenas USAGM Chief Michael Pack

The chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee on Friday announced it had issued a subpoena for the chief executive officer of the U.S. Agency for Global Media Michael Pack after he told the panel he intended to not appear at an upcoming hearing. Published September 18, 2020

In this Sept. 14, 2014, file photo, locals on a warehouse rooftop display the national flag while watching Taiwan fighter jets practice during military exercises in Chiayi, central Taiwan. Taiwan reported on Sept. 18 that China had sent 18 planes into its airspace defense identification zone, prompting the island nation to scramble fighter jets and put its air-defense system on alert. (AP Photo/Wally Santana, File) **FILE**

Taiwan deploys fighter jets after China flies 18 planes overhead amid U.S. visit

Taiwan on Friday deployed fighter jets and activated its air defense missile system after 18 Chinese planes crossed the disputed midline of the Taiwan Strait. China's incursion into Taiwanese airspace comes as U.S. officials participate in talks with Taiwanese officials in Taipei. Published September 18, 2020

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said his government is "excited" about striking a post-Brexit free trade deal with the United States. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Foreign secretary Dominic Raab defends Britain's handling of Brexit

Trying to ease U.S. fears of renewed tension in Ireland, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Thursday said his government has given an "absolute unconditional commitment" that there will be no "hard border" dividing Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland when Britain exits the European Union. Published September 17, 2020