Michele Kelemen appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Secretary of State John Kerry is in Cairo trying to help forge a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Secretary of State John Kerry argues the Senate confirmation process is broken, leaving the administration without ambassadors to about 50 countries. Most of them are career foreign service officers.
Friday, June 20, 2014
The U.S. state department has issued its annual report on human trafficking. And the report includes a warning to American seafood importers: Clean up supply chains that include Thailand.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
President Obama is organizing the first of its kind African summit in Washington. In the run-up to that high-level gathering, young African leaders are in the U.S. for a leadership training program.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
The White House is announcing the creation of the world's largest marine sanctuary. The plan would make large sections of the Pacific Ocean off limits to fishing and energy exploration. The boundaries will be set after the White House consults with fishermen, scientists and other stakeholders
Monday, June 16, 2014
About 80 countries will be represented over the next two days at a State Department conference. They will discuss overfishing and pollution with government officials, scientists and business leaders.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Grave questions face the Iraqi government, and U.S. officials are scrambling to decide what to do. The U.S. helped shape the country; is there anything it can — or would — do to keep it together?
Sunday, June 08, 2014
The Syrian civil war is now in its fourth year. Many are calling it the worst humanitarian situation in a generation. Faith groups and human rights activists are divided over what to do.