Michele Kelemen

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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.


In Rubble Of Middle East Peace Talks, Kerry Seeks Way Forward

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Addressing the collapse of Middle East peace talks for the first time, Secretary of State John Kerry called for pause and reassessment. Meanwhile, he's under fire for comparing Israel's treatment of Palestinians to Apartheid.


Out Of North Korea, A Sexist Rant Against South's President

Monday, April 28, 2014

In a message from its state news agency, North Korea called South Korea's president a "crafty prostitute" to her "pimp," President Obama. The verbal assault followed Obama's trip to South Korea.


Obama: May Be Time For A Pause In Mideast Peace Talks

Saturday, April 26, 2014

After a breakdown in talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders, President Obama said it may be time to take a step back from peace talks. An agreement now seems very far off.


Syria Is On Track To Meet Chemical Weapons Deadline

Friday, April 25, 2014

The most dangerous chemicals in its declared stockpile are supposed to be removed by Sunday. But there are reports Syria may be using less toxic chemicals, including chlorine, against civilians.


Groups Disagree Over How To Aid Syrians Caught In Civil War

Friday, April 11, 2014

Aid has only trickled into Syria since the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution calling for more access to the country. Aid workers say bureaucratic obstacles continue to be a major problem.


Taunt Or Miscalculation? Iran's Provocative Pick For U.N. Envoy

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Iran reportedly nominated a diplomat with ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S Embassy in Tehran. It's the latest sign of how hard it will be for the U.S. and Iran to overcome decades of mistrust.


Russia Cautions Against A Return Of Cold War Rhetoric

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

NATO is scaling back cooperation with Russia to punish it for its annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula. While the rhetoric is tough, Secretary Kerry is keeping the door open for negotiations.


Kerry Weighs Wildcard In Mideast Talks: Freedom For Israeli Spy

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

The U.S. might release a notorious Israeli spy in order to keep peace talks with the Palestinians going — but the idea faces backlash both in the U.S. and abroad.


Ukraine Must Make Hard Choices To Fix Its Economy

Friday, March 28, 2014

The new government has taken some steps says Anders Aslund, who advised Ukraine and Russia in the 1990s. They've let the exchange rate float and cut subsidies that he says enriched the ex president.


U.S.-Saudi Relations Strain Over Syria And Iran

Thursday, March 27, 2014

After visiting Rome, President Obama's next stop is Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Friday. He will reassure Saudi officials that the U.S. is committed to security in the Gulf.


Tumult In Crimea Has Some Fearing A Cold War Redux

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Russia's annexation of Crimea has troubled its relations with the U.S. As Russia and the U.S. begin to trade sanctions in retaliation, analysts wonder if this spells a renewal of Cold War rivalry.


Russia Votes To Annex Crimea, As The West Looks On

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a treaty to annex Crimea and delivered a rousing speech to mark the occasion. The U.S. denounced the action as illegal but has few tools to change his mind.