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Cover Story

Russia Puts Its Olympic Dreams,
Reputation on the Line at Sochi

a5.russia.sochi.kislyak.homeRussia’s Olympic bid has been overshadowed by security threats and allegations of corruption and human rights abuses, but Ambassador Sergey Kislyak is confident the Games will go off without a hitch. Read More 

People of World Influence

Give Iran Deal a Chance, Says Man
Who Helped Orchestrate Sanctions

a1.powi.einhorn.homeThe man who helped craft the sanctions widely credited with bringing Iran to the nuclear negotiating table is urging U.S. policymakers to give those talks a chance to succeed. Read More

MEK Power

Small Band of Iranian Exiles
Gets Lots of Attention in U.S.

a2.mek.iran.protestors2.homeWith its shadowy past, shifting ideologies and deep pockets, the Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK) has evolved from assassinating Americans to courting them — and from supporting the Iranian Revolution to becoming its sworn enemy. Read More

Wannabe Diplomats

Hiring Slowdown at State
Leaves Candidates in Limbo

a3.fso.kerry.conference.homeBudget cuts and a hiring glut have left many hopeful U.S. diplomats waiting to find out if they made the cut to join the Foreign Service. Read More

Letter to the Editor: State Department Reply

FATCA Fat Cats

FATCA Blowback: Some Americans
Outraged by U.S. Tax Evader Law

a4.facta.Lynne.NotMyth.homeNew IRS rules are going after Americans abroad who evade their taxes, but critics complain that the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or FATCA, will be a bureaucratic nightmare that may alienate some Americans to the point of renouncing their citizenship. Read More

The Rotunda: Foreign Affairs on Capitol Hill

Old Hand on Capitol Hill Prepares
To Be U.S. Ambassador to China

a6.rotunda.senator.baucus.homeOver four decades, Max Baucus has carved out a reputation in Congress as a dealmaker — skills that will be put to the test as the Montana senator heads to Beijing to serve as America’s ambassador in China. Read More

Digital Diplomats

Social Media Helps Diplomats
Engage — Online and Off

a7.digital.diplomacy.social.homeSocial media gives diplomats direct access to the public, but the digital realm is full of dos and don’ts — and those who solely use it to push out their message quickly find their accounts unheeded by the very people they’re trying to reach. Read More

No Man’s Land

Turkish Cypriots Celebrate 30th
Anniversary of Fictitious TRNC

a8.turkey.cypriot.TRNC.homeAhmet Erdengiz may very well be the Rodney Dangerfield of D.C.-based foreign diplomats: He don’t get no respect — as representative of his self-styled Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Read More