David E. Sanger

Monday, November 14, 2016 - 07:22
President-elect Donald J. Trump said Friday that he was likely to abandon the American effort to support “moderate” opposition groups in Syria who are battling the government of President Bashar al-Assad, saying “we have no idea who these people are.”
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 06:32
Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergey V. Lavrov, announced that they had agreed on the delivery over the next few days of desperately needed aid to besieged Syrian cities, to be followed by a “cessation of hostilities” within a week on the way to a more formal cease-fire.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 07:01
The Obama administration on Monday confronted the fundamental contradiction in its increasingly tense relationship with Saudi Arabia. It could not bring itself, at least in public, to condemn the execution of a dissident cleric who challenged the royal family, for fear of undermining the fragile Saudi leadership that it desperately needs in fighting the Islamic State and ending the conflict in Syria.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 06:41
For the first time in the four-year Syrian civil war, President Obama is beginning to execute a combined diplomatic and military approach to force President Bashar al-Assad to leave office and end the carnage.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 07:03
Mr. Kerry knows he has leverage now, thanks to the economic downturn in the region and the nervousness about Russia. But it is unclear whether the Central Asian leaders value new ties with the United States more than efforts to oppose what they view, perhaps out of paranoia, as direct threats to their rule.
Monday, November 2, 2015 - 06:55
Secretary of State John Kerry prides himself on his willingness to deal directly with some of the world’s most repressive governments. But even the State Department had a hard time explaining the strategy for transforming the behavior of President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan, a ruler whose human rights record is frequently compared to North Korea’s.
Friday, October 30, 2015 - 07:15
As Secretary of State John Kerry sat down in Vienna on Friday to push for a political settlement of the Syrian war, the immediate tension surrounded his dealings with the Russians and the Iranians.
Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 06:48
The Obama administration is preparing to sell eight new F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, senior American officials said, an overture intended to bolster a tenuous partnership despite persistent concerns about Islamabad’s ties to elements of the Taliban and quickly expanding nuclear arsenal.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 06:26
Iran and a group of six nations led by the United States said they had reached a historic accord on Tuesday to significantly limit Tehran’s nuclear ability for more than a decade in return for lifting international oil and financial sanctions.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 06:49
With only one month left before a deadline to complete a nuclear deal with Iran, international inspectors have reported that Tehran’s stockpile of nuclear fuel increased about 20 percent over the last 18 months of negotiations, partially undercutting the Obama administration’s contention that the Iranian program had been “frozen” during that period.