Michele Kelemen http://wfpl.org en Kerry, Hagel Aim To Ease U.S.-Russian Tensions http://wfpl.org/post/kerry-hagel-aim-ease-us-russian-tensions Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with their Russian counterparts for talks in Washington on Friday, aiming to repair strained relations with Moscow.<p>President Obama snubbed Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday when he called off plans to go to Moscow next month for a one-on-one summit. Sat, 10 Aug 2013 09:54:02 +0000 Michele Kelemen 6421 at http://wfpl.org Kerry, Hagel Aim To Ease U.S.-Russian Tensions Syria Conflict Brings Middle East Leaders To White House http://wfpl.org/post/syria-conflict-brings-middle-east-leaders-white-house In the coming weeks, the Obama administration plays host to the leaders of several Middle Eastern nations, including the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Qatar and Jordan.<p>They are coming, in part, to register their concerns about the ongoing violence in Syria and to nudge the Obama administration to do more to tip the balance in favor of the rebels trying to oust President Bashar Assad.<p>Already, there's been no shortage of meetings on Syria. Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to yet another one in Istanbul later this month. Sun, 14 Apr 2013 11:32:50 +0000 Michele Kelemen 4972 at http://wfpl.org Syria Conflict Brings Middle East Leaders To White House Obama's Visit To Myanmar: Too Much, Too Soon? http://wfpl.org/post/obamas-visit-myanmar-too-much-too-soon When President Obama sets off to Asia this weekend to highlight his so-called pivot to the region, he will make a bit of history: Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Myanmar.<p>The country, also known as Burma, was a pariah state for decades, ruled by a ruthless military dictatorship. That is changing, and the Obama administration has encouraged a dramatic reform process in the country. But it may be too early for a victory lap.<p>Aung Din, a Burmese exile in Washington, D.C., says the U.S. response to the changes in his homeland has been much more than enough. Thu, 15 Nov 2012 12:30:58 +0000 Michele Kelemen 2515 at http://wfpl.org Obama's Visit To Myanmar: Too Much, Too Soon?