Missy Ryan

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering diplomacy and national security

Education: Georgetown University, BA in English; Harvard University, master's in public policy

Missy Ryan writes about diplomacy, national security and the State Department for The Washington Post. She joined The Post in 2014 to write about the Pentagon and military issues. She has reported from Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Mexico, Peru, Argentina and Chile.
Latest from Missy Ryan

As Finland and Sweden wait to join NATO, Turkey extracts concessions

Ankara is holding up expansion of the Western alliance, and the Biden administration may have to step in to get the deal done.

December 7, 2022

Ukraine live briefing: Putin warns of ‘long process’ in Ukraine; says Russia has ‘not gone crazy’ over nuclear threats

Ukraine’s allies are walking a fine line after a series of drone strikes targeting Russian military airfields this week.

December 7, 2022

U.S. did not encourage or enable Kyiv to strike within Russia, Blinken says

Secretary of State Antony Blinken was responding to news of drone attacks on Russia’s Engels-2 and Dyagilevo airbases as well as an airfield in Kursk.

December 7, 2022

Ukraine presses NATO on membership, but alliance gives no guarantees

NATO officials said their focus first is getting Ukraine through the war and the winter.

November 30, 2022

Ukraine live briefing: U.S. announces aid for Ukraine’s battered energy infrastructure

The United States is expected to announce steps to help Ukraine withstand Russian attacks on its energy infrastructure, as NATO diplomats gather in Romania.

November 29, 2022

U.S. unveils plan to rebuild Ukraine energy grid after Russian assault

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States will put $53 million toward helping Ukraine procure transformers, circuit breakers and other hardware.

November 29, 2022

Ukraine live briefing: G-7 to discuss assault on Ukraine’s power grid; Zelensky warns citizens to brace for more Russian airstrikes

In Brussels Monday, European diplomats will try to move forward with U.S.-backed plans to cap the price of Russian oil after talks last week stalled.

November 28, 2022

U.S. declares Saudi crown prince immune from Khashoggi killing lawsuit

As Saudi Arabia's head of government, Mohammed bin Salman has immunity under international law, the Biden administration said in a court filing.

November 18, 2022

With GOP House win, Biden faces added curbs on foreign policy

Republican control of the House has potential to constrain Biden’s ability to achieve foreign policy goals, notably on Ukraine.

November 17, 2022

Russian retreat from Kherson city sets stage for more hard combat

Ukraine's advance in the south has Moscow's forces on the run. But Russian fortifications and the Dnieper River will slow a push on Crimea.

November 10, 2022