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  • How Afghan elections can affect U.S. policy
    This weekend, Afghans will elect a successor to a leader who has become increasingly hostile to U.S. interests.The Daily Circuit, April 2, 2014
  • How diaspora is changing the face of Somalia
    There are currently up to 1.5 million Somali refugees worldwide, and an estimated 30,000 of them live in Minnesota.The Daily Circuit, April 1, 2014
  • Russia says it doesn't plan to invade Ukraine
    The Russian troops who are holding Crimea won't be sent into Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says. "We have absolutely no intention of -- or interest in -- crossing Ukraine's borders," Lavrov told a Russian TV station Saturday, according to a translation by Reuters.March 29, 2014
  • Ukraine remains in a precarious spot
    We speak with a foreign policy specialist just back from Kiev.The Daily Circuit, March 26, 2014
  • Putin's out of the club for now: G-8 is back to being the G-7
    By saying that "Russia's actions in recent weeks are not consistent" with the beliefs and responsibilities of major nations and that their nations won't take part in any G-8 activities "until Russia changes course," the leaders are trying to send yet another message to Putin about their objections to the way Russia has taken Crimea from Ukraine.March 24, 2014
  • NATO, Ukraine warn Russia may be planning further aggression
    While Russia continued to push Ukrainian forces out of Crimea, NATO and Ukraine issued warnings on Sunday about the buildup of Russian troops along Ukraine's eastern border.March 23, 2014
  • Bin Laden associates show no remorse in statements
    In public statements a week apart, al-Qaida's self-professed Sept. 11 mastermind and a Kuwaiti imam who met with Osama bin Laden in a cave soon after the attacks once again demonstrated that time hasn't softened their anti-American views.March 22, 2014
  • Russia-US tensions could stall Syrian chemical weapons removal
    As U.S.-Russian relations sour, some observers fear the plan to eliminate Syria's chemical arsenal might stall. This past week, the removal of chemicals from Syria reached the halfway mark. Without pressure from both superpowers, however, some believe Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will begin to drag his feet.March 22, 2014
  • Pro-Russian forces storm Ukrainian base in Crimea
    Pro-Russian forces stormed a Ukrainian air force base in Crimea, firing shots and smashing through concrete walls with armored personnel carriers, according to an Associated Press journalist. At least one person was wounded, the base commander said.March 22, 2014
  • Putin: Crimea move thwarts Western plot
    Speaking before parliament in a televised address to the nation, President Vladimir Putin said the rights of ethnic Russians had been abused by the new Ukrainian government. He insisted that Crimea's vote Sunday to join Russia was in line with international lawMarch 18, 2014
  • Russia recognizes independent Crimea; U.S. and EU 'stand firm' with Ukraine
    Putin is slated to address a joint session of parliament Tuesday where he could announce that Russia is annexing Crimea. The U.S. and its European Union allies are "going to stand firm in our unwavering support for Ukraine," President Obama said MondayMarch 17, 2014
  • North Dakota's Hoeven on trip to Ukraine
    Republican North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven was one of seven US senators who went to Ukraine late last week.The Daily Circuit, March 17, 2014
  • Crimea's parliament declares independence; US expected to announce sanctions
    President Barack Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday that Crimea's vote "would never be recognized" by the United States, as he and other top U.S. officials warned Moscow against making further military moves toward southern and eastern Ukraine.March 17, 2014
  • Crimea: Exit polls support split from Ukraine to join Russia
    Polls closed Sunday evening after a day of reportedly high turnout. Preliminary results aren't expected to be announced until late Sunday or Monday. Russian lawmakers and other officials are being quoted saying that they will work to absorb Crimea very quickly, perhaps by the end of March.March 16, 2014
  • US rejects Crimea vote, cites Russian intimidation
    The U.S. rejected the Crimea secession referendum Sunday as illegal and readied retaliatory penalties against Russia, while shifting sights to deterring possible military advances elsewhere in Ukraine that could inflame the crisis.March 16, 2014

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