Michele Kelemen

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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.


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.


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.


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.


Kerry's Aim In Egypt: First, Get Israel And Hamas To Cease Fire

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Cairo trying to help forge a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.


Kerry Accuses Senate Of Hobbling American Diplomacy

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.


In Trafficking Report, A Stark Warning About Thai Fishing Industry

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.


U.S. Program Hopes To Inspire Young Africans To Be Tomorrow's Leaders

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.


White House Plans To Mark Off World's Largest Ocean Sanctuary

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


Kerry Gathers World Players To Focus On Protecting Oceans

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.


As Iraq Comes Apart At The Seams, Washington Weighs What To Do

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 โ€” or would โ€” do to keep it together?


Syrian Crisis Splits Activists And Religious Groups Over Aid

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.


Russia Takes Helm Of UN Security Council, Turns Focus On Ukraine

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

In June, Russia serves as the president of the United Nations Security Council. Already, that has meant a focus on Ukraine. Russia wants the Ukrainian government to end its military crackdown on separatists. It has also called for consultations on the humanitarian situation in the country.


Russia, China Block U.N. Effort To Investigate Syrian War Crimes

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Russia and China have vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have referred the war in Syria to the International Criminal Court. Russia called the vote a publicity stunt. Nearly 60 nations backed the effort, which gained steam after a defector provided photographs detailing the mass killing and torture of prisoners under Bashar Al Assad's regime.


Keeping Watch On Ukraine As It Prepares To Elect A President

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Hundreds of western observers are headed to Ukraine to monitor Sunday's presidential election. Russia appears content to let the vote go forward without interference.


Frustrations Defeat Another Diplomat, As U.N. Syria Envoy Quits

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The U.N. envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, quit in frustration over the difficulties of bringing an end to the civil war and the failure of the United Nations to intervene.


The Nation That Elects The Most Women Is ...

Thursday, May 08, 2014

In Rwanda, nearly two-thirds of Parliament consists of women, a trend that developed after the country's genocide. Cuba is third, with women making up 50 percent of its legislators. The U.S. is 99th.


U.S. Offers Aid In Search For Nigerian Girls, But Is It Too Late?

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

The U.S. is sending a team of experts to help find the nearly 300 abducted schoolgirls. But the three-week delay means that the girls are likely scattered, making the search that much tougher.


In Ukraine, West's New Diplomatic Options May Be Few

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is in Washington Tuesday for a meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry that is likely to be dominated by events in Ukraine.


West Urged To Pressure Iran On Its Human Rights Record

Monday, May 05, 2014

The website Unlock Iran documents what life is like for political prisoners in Iran. Activists say that little has changed despite promises by the new Iranian president to overhaul the country.