The arrest and expulsion of U.S. diplomat Ryan Fogle by Russian authorities reads like a Cold War-era novel. He was wearing a bright blonde wig, he had bundles of cash and instructions for how to create an untraceable email address. But where the U.S.-Russian relationship goes from here remains unknown.
Israel is in the tough position of being close to Syria and having a history of conflict with the country. As evidence mounts that Syria has used chemical weapons on its own citizens, Israel has drawn its own lines that its ambassador to the United States says it won't allow Syria to cross.
In the contentious relationship between Israel and the Palestinians, prisoners in Israeli prisons play a major role. And they could prove to be both a stumbling block and an opportunity as the two sides consider restarting their peace process.
Tensions remain at a fever pitch between the U.S. and South Korea on one side and North Korea on the other. But academics say the way to dial down the pressure is for American officials to reach out. But should the U.S. give North Koreans what they're so clearly looking for?
China's about to complete its once-a-decade leadership transition, with Xi Jinping taking over for Wen Jiabao. As Wen prepares to leave office, he was surprisingly frank about his administration's failings -- and offered concrete advice to his successor.
The United States and Iran haven't had diplomatic relations for more than 30 years. But as confrontations continue between the two countries over Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons, some are calling for the two countries to renew their diplomatic ties.
The United Arab Emirates has embarked on a campaign to expand its global presence as a leader in foreign aid. In the latest effort, the UAE has made a major investment in Joplin, Mo., which was devastated in 2011 by a tornado.
The United Nations was going to be located in the United States -- that much was sure. But just where the new headquarters, the new capital of the world, would be located, was much debated back in the 1940s. A new book looks at that battle.
Since 9/11, outreach to Muslim communities around the world has been a U.S. diplomatic priority. Perhaps nowhere else is that more in display than in France, where Ambassador Charles Rivkin has made visiting the largely minority suburbs a major focus of his public diplomacy.
Bruce Oreck, the U.S. ambassador to Finaland, is a well-known ex-body builder with an outsized personality. In Finland, the media have been fascinated with his past life, putting him on the cover of magazines -- one time without a shirt, even.