Michele Kelemen

Michele Kelemen appears in the following:

Putin critic Yevgeniya Albats leaves Russia after a crackdown on independent media

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

The Russian journalist knew writing about the KGB and its successor the FSB was risky. Russia declared her a foreign agent, like her grandfather who was killed in the Stalin era.


Tensions around the Ukraine war were high at today's UN Security Council meeting

Thursday, September 22, 2022

The United Nations Security Council meets on Ukraine, as Russia mobilizes more forces and Ukraine accuses Russia of fresh atrocities in Izium.


President Biden discussed the war in Ukraine, China and climate change at UNGA

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

The war in Ukraine is dominating this year's general assembly. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is expected to address the world body about newly discovered graves in formerly Russian occupied territory.


What to expect at this week's U.N. General Assembly

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

As leaders gather for the first all-in-person General Assembly since the pandemic, the war in Ukraine is a major focus. Secretary-General António Guterres has warned this is a time of "great peril."


Taliban releases American hostage in prisoner swap with the U.S.

Monday, September 19, 2022

Washington has released Afghan drug lord Bashir Noorzai in exchange for the freedom of U.S. citizen Mark Frerichs, who'd been held captive in Afghanistan for the past 2 1/2 years.


Russia's invasion of Ukraine to be the main topic at annual UN General Assembly meet

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Russia's invasion of Ukraine will be a major topic at this week's annual meeting of leaders at the United Nations.


Ukraine made recent battlefield gains. How will Putin retaliate?

Friday, September 16, 2022

Ukraine's battlefield victories are a reason for celebration. But could it could also usher in another dangerous phase — with Russia's President Vladimir Putin lashing out in other ways.


Blinken announces more security aid to Ukraine during a surprise visit

Thursday, September 08, 2022

Secretary of State Antony Blinken made a surprise visit to Kyiv on Thursday to announce more security aid to Ukraine.
He was also there to signal support as Ukraine tries to push back Russian forces.


U.N. probes charges that Ukrainians are forcibly being deported to Russia

Thursday, September 08, 2022

The U.N. Security Council will discuss Russia's so-called filtration camps, where hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have supposedly been detained, interrogated and possibly moved far into Russia.


U.N. calls for demilitarized zone around nuclear plant in Ukraine

Tuesday, September 06, 2022

The United Nations is calling for a demilitarized zone around a nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine.


The latest effort to revive the Iran nuclear deal

Saturday, September 03, 2022

New developments emerged this week in negotiations between the U.S. and Iran over reviving the nuclear weapons agreement abandoned by the Trump administration.


State Department official says Russia's activities in Zaporizhzha are irresponsible

Friday, September 02, 2022

Nuclear facilities, like the one Russia controls in Ukraine, should be off limits to warring parties. Russia's seizure of the nuclear plant sets a dangerous precedent.


6 months into the war in Ukraine, diplomats haven't made much headway on peace talks

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

There has been very little diplomacy during the course of the war in Ukraine. Russia and Ukraine are seeking battlefield advantage before negotiating.


Some see Iran's assassination plots as yet another reason not to revive nuclear deal

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Feeling vindicated by recent evidence of an Iranian plot to kill former U.S. national security adviser John Bolton, opponents to reviving the nuclear deal with Iran are pressing their case.


Blinken will try to ease tensions between Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

A recent United Nations report accuses Rwanda of supporting rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo. United States Secretary of State Blinken is visiting both countries to try to cool tensions.


Blinken tells African countries they needn't pick a side as U.S. competes with China

Monday, August 08, 2022

Secretary of State Antony Blinken says African states shouldn't have to pick a side in great power rivalries, though the U.S. is competing with Russia and China for influence.


Blinken is in South Africa for talks on a new strategy for the region

Monday, August 08, 2022

Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers a major speech on U.S. policy in Africa, following his visit to Cambodia, and a trip by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan that drew China's ire.


Pelosi's Taiwan trip fuel tensions with China and raised security concerns regionally

Thursday, August 04, 2022

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in Cambodia for a regional meeting of foreign ministers amid the fallout from U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan.


U.N. kicks off nuclear nonproliferation conference as global fears fester

Monday, August 01, 2022

The United Nations kicked off a conference on the status of a 50-year treaty on nuclear nonproliferation — as crises fester in the Middle East, the Korean peninsula and Ukraine.


Blinken reiterates Griner and Whelan have been wrongfully detained in Russia

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Secretary of State Blinken says he plans to speak with his Russian counterpart soon. A top priority is the release of Americans held by Russia: Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan.