Michele Kelemen http://nhpr.org en U.S. Offers Aid In Search For Nigerian Girls, But Is It Too Late? http://nhpr.org/post/us-offers-aid-search-nigerian-girls-it-too-late Nigeria is offering a $300,000 reward for anyone who can find the more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/05/06/310100085/boko-harams-local-fight-suddenly-gets-international-scrutiny">Islamist group Boko Haram</a>. The U.S. is also pitching in with hostage negotiators and intelligence experts. President Obama says <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/06/310125233/u-s-sending-team-to-help-with-search-for-abducted-nigerian-girls">the U.S. Wed, 07 May 2014 21:11:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 48109 at http://nhpr.org U.S. Offers Aid In Search For Nigerian Girls, But Is It Too Late? In Ukraine, West's New Diplomatic Options May Be Few http://nhpr.org/post/ukraine-wests-new-diplomatic-options-may-be-few Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. won't sit idly by while Russia fans the flames of instability in Ukraine. But so far, U.S. and European sanctions haven't changed Russia's calculations. Kerry blames Russia for failing to calm the crisis. Russia says Ukraine should stop its offensive against separatists in the east. Wed, 07 May 2014 01:04:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 48067 at http://nhpr.org Syria Is On Track To Meet Chemical Weapons Deadline http://nhpr.org/post/syria-track-meet-chemical-weapons-deadline Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>This is about as close as we're going to get to good news out of Syria. The country is on track, we're told, to meet a deadline to give up its chemical weapons arsenal. The most dangerous chemicals in Syria's declared stockpile are supposed to be removed by Sunday, yet Syria now faces suspicion that it's using less toxic chemicals, possibly chlorine. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.<p>MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: Secretary of State John Kerry counts the chemical weapons deal he negotiated with Russia as one of his diplomatic wins in his first year in office. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 09:03:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 47385 at http://nhpr.org Russia Cautions Against A Return Of Cold War Rhetoric http://nhpr.org/post/russia-cautions-against-return-cold-war-rhetoric Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Ever since Russia annexed Crimea, NATO has been watching and waiting for Russia's next moves. This morning, NATO's military commander, U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, said Russia has the forces it needs along Ukraine's border to carryout a full scale invasion of the eastern part of that country within a matter of days. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:38:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 46043 at http://nhpr.org Yatsenyuk Appeals For International Aid For Ukraine http://nhpr.org/post/yatsenyuk-appeals-international-aid-ukraine Ukraine's interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk takes his case to the United Nations on Thursday, as he tries to build support for his country in its territorial conflict with Russia. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:47:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 45001 at http://nhpr.org Ukraine's Interim Prime Minister To Visit White House http://nhpr.org/post/ukraines-interim-prime-minister-visit-white-house Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne.<p>Ukraine's interim prime minister meets with President Obama today at the White House. That visit comes at a time when Ukraine's territorial integrity is under threat. The country's region of Crimea is expected to vote this weekend to secede and join Russia. U.S. efforts to resolve this diplomatically with Moscow have gone nowhere. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 09:10:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 44919 at http://nhpr.org More Ambassador Posts Are Going To Political Appointees http://nhpr.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 00:07:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 43551 at http://nhpr.org More Ambassador Posts Are Going To Political Appointees Obama Administration Sharpens Its Language Toward Syria http://nhpr.org/post/obama-administration-sharpens-its-language-toward-syria Secretary of State John Kerry has accused Bashar Assad's regime of using starvation as a weapon of war. Critics say the U.S. has not done enough to stop the violence, but Washington doesn't have many options. Sat, 08 Feb 2014 14:52:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 43238 at http://nhpr.org Kerry: 'No Other Alternative' To Ending Violence In Syria http://nhpr.org/post/kerry-no-other-alternative-ending-violence-syria Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.<p>The U.S. and other world powers have agreed on a plan with Iran to start rolling back parts of the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for some sanctions relief. Secretary of State John Kerry says the deal goes into effect later this month.<p>SECRETARY JOHN KERRY: As of that day, January 20th, for the first time in almost a decade, Iran's nuclear program will not be able to advance. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 21:57:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 41702 at http://nhpr.org Will Progress On Nuke Talks Mean More Engagement From Iran? http://nhpr.org/post/will-progress-irans-nuclear-program-translate-more The U.S. and other major powers have been holding historic negotiations with Iran to try to curb that country's nuclear program. But Washington still has many other concerns about Iranian behavior. And while some diplomats may hope to build on the nuclear talks to push Iran to play a more constructive role in the region, experts remain skeptical.<p>Karim Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace says there are a couple of ways to look at the negotiations with Iran.<p>"Greater nuclear cooperation with Tehran could bring about greater regional cooperation with Iran," he says. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 22:11:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 39511 at http://nhpr.org Will Progress On Nuke Talks Mean More Engagement From Iran? John Kerry: Risk Ready And Looking For A Legacy http://nhpr.org/post/john-kerry-risk-ready-and-looking-legacy Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Secretary of State John Kerry will have to work hard to allay concerns about the Iran deal, concerns from U.S. allies, including Saudi Arabia and Israel. And as Melissa just mentioned, the White House faces criticism from some in Congress. Kerry will need to convince senators not to impose additional sanctions on Iran so that negotiators can come up with a comprehensive deal over the next six months. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 21:32:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 39092 at http://nhpr.org Kerry's New Mission: Convince Congress To Take Iran Deal http://nhpr.org/post/kerrys-new-mission-convince-congress-take-iran-deal Secretary of State John Kerry is back in Washington to defend the proposed nuclear deal with Iran to skeptical members of Congress. He and his colleagues from other major powers failed to reach a deal with Iran during talks over the weekend in Geneva. Iran blames France's hard line for blowing up the deal, though Kerry has tried to downplay that. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 21:52:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 38408 at http://nhpr.org DRC Rebels' Surrender Could Mark New Chapter In U.N. Peacekeeping http://nhpr.org/post/drc-rebels-surrender-could-mark-new-chapter-un-peacekeeping There's been a rare bit of good news in Eastern Congo this month. One of the rebel groups that have terrorized civilians in the mineral rich part of the the Democratic Republic of Congo agreed to end its rebellion. There's still a lot of work to do to disarm the M23 and to keep other rebel movements in check. But this small victory is a boost for U.N. peacekeepers, who are under a new, tougher mandate to protect civilians in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Some experts wonder if this could be a new model for peacekeeping. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 21:51:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 38342 at http://nhpr.org Syria's Moderate Rebels Fight A Battle On Two Fronts http://nhpr.org/post/syrias-moderate-rebels-fight-battle-two-fronts Like many Syrian exiles, Murhaf Jouejati, a professor at National Defense University, is frustrated by U.S. policy toward Syria. He says there's been only a trickle of U.S. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 08:17:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 37894 at http://nhpr.org Syria's Moderate Rebels Fight A Battle On Two Fronts Experts Debate How Best To Remove Syria's Chemical Weapons http://nhpr.org/post/experts-debate-how-best-remove-syrias-chemical-weapons Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>Let's go deeper now into one issue Secretary of State John Kerry raised in my interview with him earlier in the program. The secretary, along with his Russian counterpart, got Syria's Bashar al-Assad to agree to hand over his vast store of chemical weapons. Now, Kerry is suggesting those stockpiles be taken out of Syria.<p>SECRETARY JOHN KERRY: We know the locations. Locations have been declared. Locations are being secured. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 08:38:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 36908 at http://nhpr.org