Michele Kelemen http://kplu.org en Secretary Of State Kerry Says Ukraine Is Not A 'Cold War Story' http://kplu.org/post/secretary-state-kerry-says-ukraine-not-cold-war-story Ukraine's ousted president, Viktor Yanukovych, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/28/283878194/ousted-president-is-ready-to-fight-for-the-future-of-ukraine">emerged Friday</a> to give a news conference on Russian soil, not far from the Ukraine border. Russia is not only giving Yanukovych shelter — it's also <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/26/282872811/putin-flexes-moscows-military-muscles-puts-army-on-alert">carrying out military exercises</a> that have raised alarms in Washington.<p>The U.S. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:02:25 +0000 Michele Kelemen 14267 at http://kplu.org Secretary Of State Kerry Says Ukraine Is Not A 'Cold War Story' U.S. Has Little Leverage To Stop Political Violence In Venezuela http://kplu.org/post/us-has-little-leverage-stop-political-violence-venezuela The escalating political crisis in Venezuela has set off alarms in Washington. But there's little the U.S. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:43:27 +0000 Michele Kelemen 14166 at http://kplu.org U.S. Has Little Leverage To Stop Political Violence In Venezuela Will Ukraine Do What It Takes To Unlock International Aid? http://kplu.org/post/will-ukraine-do-what-it-takes-unlock-international-aid The United States, hoping to avert economic chaos in Ukraine, is prepared to send financial support to supplement aid from the International Monetary Fund, the White House said on Monday.<p>"The United States, working with partners around the world, stands ready to provide support for Ukraine as it takes the reforms it needs to, to get back to economic stability," White House spokesman Jay Carney told a news briefing.<p>After three months of street protests and the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych, the U.S. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 03:22:04 +0000 Michele Kelemen 14057 at http://kplu.org Will Ukraine Do What It Takes To Unlock International Aid? U.S., Allies Urge All Sides In Ukraine To Pull Back From Brink http://kplu.org/post/us-allies-urge-all-sides-ukraine-pull-back-brink Foreign ministers from France, Germany and Poland are traveling to Ukraine in hopes of persuading all sides in the country's recent violence to pull back from the brink and restart a political dialogue. The U.S. is also urging the country's president to calm the situation and restart a dialogue with the opposition. But the U.S. and Europe seem to have few levers of influence, as the crisis spins out of control.<p>U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry appeared before reporters in Paris Wednesday to restate his hope for a negotiated settlement to the political crisis in Ukraine. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:54:47 +0000 Michele Kelemen 13841 at http://kplu.org U.S., Allies Urge All Sides In Ukraine To Pull Back From Brink More Ambassador Posts Are Going To Political Appointees http://kplu.org/post/more-ambassador-posts-are-going-political-appointees The nominee to be U.S. ambassador to, say, Hungary should be able to explain what the U.S. strategic interests are in that country — right?<p>But Colleen Bell, a soap opera producer and President Obama's appointee to be U.S. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 00:50:07 +0000 Michele Kelemen 13640 at http://kplu.org More Ambassador Posts Are Going To Political Appointees Assessing Hillary Clinton's legacy: What will she do next? http://kplu.org/post/assessing-hillary-clintons-legacy-what-will-she-do-next Hillary Clinton is preparing to leave the Obama administration after four years as secretary of state, earning generally high marks and fueling all kinds of speculation about what she wants to do next.<p>Her boss, President Obama, has paid tribute to her, calling her "tireless and extraordinary," though illness and a concussion have kept her out of public view for the past two weeks.<p>"More than 400 travel days, nearly 1 million miles," President Obama proclaimed at a diplomatic reception recently. "These are not frequent flier miles. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 11:24:10 +0000 Michele Kelemen 7461 at http://kplu.org Assessing Hillary Clinton's legacy: What will she do next? Longtime allies, Egypt and U.S. now have differences http://kplu.org/post/longtime-allies-egypt-and-us-now-have-differences For many years, top Egyptian officials coming to Washington could expect a warm welcome, with few points of contention.<p>But for a group of Egyptian generals now in the U.S., several points of friction are likely to dominate the agenda between the longtime allies.<p>Egypt doesn't like the new conditions U.S. lawmakers have placed on American aid. And the U.S. is furious with the way Egypt has been treating U.S. groups that promote democracy. At least three Americans have taken shelter in the U.S. Tue, 31 Jan 2012 17:21:15 +0000 Michele Kelemen 3986 at http://kplu.org Longtime allies, Egypt and U.S. now have differences Just A Few Months Old, S. Sudan Already In Turmoil http://kplu.org/post/just-few-months-old-s-sudan-already-turmoil South Sudan gained independence just six months ago, but the country is already plagued by ethnic violence at home and ongoing tensions with its previous rulers in Sudan.<p>Potential humanitarian crises are brewing in both Sudans, and U.S. diplomats are sounding frustrated that the two are not talking to each other enough.<p>U.S. officials still don't really have a handle on the violence that exploded this month in a remote part of South Sudan. But U.S. Sun, 15 Jan 2012 17:40:53 +0000 Michele Kelemen 3737 at http://kplu.org Just A Few Months Old, S. Sudan Already In Turmoil