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

NATO races to bridge divisions over Ukraine membership

Discussions have intensified in the weeks before NATO leaders gather to cement plans for strengthening the alliance's defenses against Russia.

May 14, 2023

South Africa scolds U.S. ambassador over Russian arms claim

The flap highlights ongoing tensions between the United States and some of its partners in the developing world over the war in Ukraine.

May 12, 2023

South Africa loaded weapons onto Russian vessel, U.S. envoy says

The ambassador said weapons and ammunition were loaded onto the ship, the Lady R, which docked at the Simon's Town naval base outside Cape Town, in December.

May 11, 2023

U.S., U.K. vow to aid Ukraine regardless of counteroffensive outcome

The top diplomats from the U.S. and Britain said they were committed to aiding Ukraine despite mounting questions about what its spring operation may achieve.

May 9, 2023

Ukraine’s military is stronger than U.S. leaks indicated, Blinken says

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he was "confident" Ukraine's counteroffensive would yield some success in regaining Russian-occupied territory.

May 3, 2023

Key nations sit out U.S. standoff with Russia, China, leaks show

THE DISCORD LEAKS | Documents illustrate how emerging nations' bid to duck Washington's showdown with Moscow and Beijing have put Biden's global agenda at risk.

April 29, 2023

Ukraine’s Azov Brigade races to rebuild ahead of fateful fight

The Azov Brigade achieved legendary status after its defense of Mariupol but is now seeking to rebuild ahead of the spring fighting season.

April 26, 2023

Egypt nearly supplied rockets to Russia, agreed to arm Ukraine instead, leak shows

Egypt made detailed plans to export rockets at Moscow’s request, but after a diplomatic offensive from Washington, later approved artillery production for Kyiv.

April 17, 2023

Allies troubled by document leak, but need U.S. spying capabilities

THE DISCORD LEAKS | Allies expressed dismay following a massive intelligence leak, but acknowledge they are dependent on the vast surveillance reach of the U.S.

April 14, 2023

He’s from a military family — and allegedly leaked U.S. secrets

Jack Teixiera, 21, took on an online persona seemingly at odds with his military career, and made racist and antisemitic statements while firing a rifle in a video.

April 14, 2023