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Michele Kelemen

Michele Kelemen appears in the following:

As U.N. Leaders Prepare To Meet, Many Issues Vie For Attention

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Multiple crises could be difficult for diplomats to make priorities with so many key issues at stake: the Ebola crisis, terrorism in the Middle East and the war in Ukraine — just to name a few.

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Kerry Briefs Skeptic Senators On Coalition Plans Against ISIS

Thursday, September 18, 2014

President Obama says more than 40 countries are joining together to fight the Islamic State militants. Secretary of State John Kerry has returned from a trip to try to put together a coalition.

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Report: Violence Against Children Runs Rampant In Nigeria's Northeast

Thursday, September 04, 2014

A group that tracks violence against children is reporting "grave violations" in Nigeria's fragile northeast. Violence there is getting worse, the group says, despite a state of emergency in some states and the "Bring Back Our Girls" campaign that raised awareness of the children kidnapped by the militant group Boko Haram.

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The Fine Art Of Pricing Detroit's Collection

Thursday, September 04, 2014

With Detroit's bankruptcy trial underway, one point of contention is likely to be the value of the city's art collection. The art market can be unpredictable, and disagreements between appraisers and creditors reflect just how political Detroit's art has become.

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Analyst: Response To Russian Incursion Will Be 'Defining Moment' For NATO

Monday, September 01, 2014

President Obama heads to Europe this week to take part in the NATO summit. The alliance is weighing how to respond to Russia's incursions into Ukraine.

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Ukraine Crisis Casts Long Shadow Over NATO Summit

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The fighting in Ukraine is likely to dominate the upcoming NATO summit in Wales. The newest members want NATO to do more to counter Russia's moves, including supplying weapons and intelligence.

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Momentum Gathers For The West's Response To Russia

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lithuania has called an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss Russia's new incursions into Ukraine. The issue's also likely to dominate an upcoming NATO summit. Since sanctions seem to have failed to change Russia's calculations, the U.S. and its European partners are still trying to find a way to effectively protect Ukraine's sovereignty.

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U.S., Russians Try Track Two Diplomacy As Relations Hit A New Low

Thursday, August 28, 2014

U.S. and Russian experts recently met on neutral territory, on an island in Finland, to try to work through issues that have been building up ever since Vladimir Putin returned to the Kremlin.

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In Syria, The U.S. Weighs A Range Of Unpalatable Options

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The U.S. could aid moderate rebels. It could bomb militants of the Islamic State. Or it could sit on the sidelines as the war plays out. There are many choices, but none appears promising.

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U.S. Policy On Syria Mired In Excess Caution, Official Says

Friday, August 15, 2014

Rick Barton, a top State Department official, says sometimes the U.S. has to take risks in diplomacy. Citing his own frustrations, he says that the Obama administration has yet to come up with a real strategy to resolve the war in Syria and isolate jihadi fighters.

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South Sudan's Leaders Jostle For Power As Prospect Of Famine Looms

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

South Sudan is facing the worst food security situation in the world, according to the United Nations and the Obama administration, which announced it would provide another $180 million to help feed the people of South Sudan. The U.S. has been warning that the country could face famine as rival political factions fail to make peace.

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Obama Urges Iraqis To Form Inclusive Government

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The White House believes a unified government could counter Sunni extremists of the Islamic State. But that has proven to be difficult, as Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki tries to cling to power.

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At Africa Summit, South Sudanese President Resents Pressure From U.S.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The world's newest country has been roiled by ethnic and political clashes, as well as famine. The U.S. and other African heads of state are pressing the country's president to make peace with rebels.

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Summit Focuses Investors On Africa's Energy Opportunities

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The U.S., World Bank and private companies are announcing billions of dollars in investment in Africa. President Obama says the U.S. wants to be a good partner with Africa.

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Africa Summit To Tackle Food Stability And Climate Change

Monday, August 04, 2014

An unprecedented gathering of African leaders opened in Washington, D.C. The U.S.-Africa Leader's Summit is covering topics including food security, climate change, regional stability and expanded business opportunities between the U.S. and Africa.

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U.S.-Russia Relations: More Carrot Or More Stick?

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Lately, when Washington ratchets up the pressure on Moscow, Russia increases its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. Some in Washington wonder if it's time to change the approach.

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Tiny Qatar Stands Tall In Middle East's New Diplomatic Landscape

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The tiny Gulf state of Qatar is playing an outsized role in diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict in Gaza, with Secretary of State John Kerry using Qatar as a conduit to Hamas. Egypt used to moderate Hamas, but those relations have soured. This puts the U.S. in a difficult spot.

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U.S., EU Try To Turn Up The Heat On Russia

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The U.S. and EU announced more sanctions against Russia because of its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. The sanctions are more wide-ranging than previous efforts to target the ruling elite.

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Kerry Claims Progress In Gaza Cease-Fire Talks

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry met separately Wednesday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to try to ease tensions in the Gaza Strip.

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In Cairo, First Steps Taken On Gnarled Path To Gaza Cease-Fire

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry has finished his first full day in Cairo, where he's trying to help forge a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

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