The Gist

The State of State

Ronan Farrow on the slow demise of American diplomacy.

Ronan Farrow

Brigitte Lacombe

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Before his Pulitzer Prize–winning investigation into the rampant sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein, Ronan Farrow worked in the State Department. His new book, War on Peace, documents the department’s loss of personnel and prestige under every recent president—especially the current one.

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