Presidential elections were held in Syria on Tuesday, with President Bashar al-Assad taking nearly 90 percent of the vote. Is the U.S. ‘behind the curve’ in its handling of the conflict? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Liz Sly, the Beirut bureau chief at the Washington Post, about what Assad’s victory means for U.S. involvement in the ongoing war and humanitarian crisis. Continue reading
Secretary of State John Kerry called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday to relay the U.S. position, which will almost certainly draw criticism from Israel and its supporters in Congress and elsewhere. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki announced the call but could offer no further details. Netanyahu says the new government should be shunned because it leans on support from Hamas.
Secretary of State John Kerry weighs in on the U.S. response to the crisis in Ukraine, a terror resurgence in North Africa, the long, bloody war in Syria and a Mideast peace process that ground to a halt just a few weeks ago. He joins Gwen Ifill for an extended interview on current foreign policy challenges and why he thinks President Obama doesn’t get sufficient credit for successes. Continue reading
When you have an interview with the Secretary of State, there is almost too much to get to — Syria, Iran, Russia, Ukraine, Nigeria, Sudan, Israel and the Palestinian territories, Edward Snowden. But what John Kerry wanted to talk about when he sat down with Gwen Ifill was Barack Obama -– specifically about why the president is getting a bum rap on foreign policy. Continue reading
Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden should return to the United States to face the consequences of leaking classified documents about the NSA’s secret surveillance programs. Continue reading
Secretary of State John Kerry warned that a Nigerian offensive to go after Boko Haram and attempt to free 219 kidnapped schoolgirls “could be very risky.”
Secretary of State John Kerry said he is willing to testify before the House Oversight committee on the attacks on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Continue reading
In our news wrap Thursday, gusty winds in southern California died down sufficiently to give firefighters an opportunity to bring several wildfires under control. The fires have burned through more than 9,000 acres in San Diego County, and forced tens of thousands to evacuate. Also, Secretary of State John Kerry warned Syria may have used chlorine gas attacks on its own people. Continue reading
LONDON — The U.S. and other nations supporting the Syrian opposition agree that President Bashar Assad’s planned presidential election is a “farce” and are prepared to redouble efforts to support the Syrian opposition, Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday.
While stopping short of promising U.S. military aid the opposition is seeking, Kerry said he and his counterparts from 10 other nations unanimously remain committed to “changing the dynamics on the ground in Syria.” Neither Kerry nor British Foreign Secretary William Hague offered many specifics. Continue reading
The refusal this week by several leaders to heed urgings by Secretary of State Kerry confronts the Obama administration with a choice of its own: Pursue economic opportunities with governments that do not respect rule of law or human rights, or take a backseat in global competition. Continue reading