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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - National Security Council
Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday will be reinforcing Washington's support for the new government in Kiev, as the U.S. and its top allies grapple with whether to slap Moscow with sanctions for its military takeover of Ukraine's strategic Crimea region.
The U.S and major allies strained on Monday to rally a strong Western front to persuade Russia to step back from a military takeover of Ukraine's strategic Crimea region. But several acknowledged there are few options beyond already-threatened economic and diplomatic penalties, and critics said administration efforts were too little, too late after years of pressing for friendlier relations with Moscow.
Hundreds of armed men in trucks and armored vehicles surrounded a Ukrainian military base Sunday in Crimea, blocking its soldiers from leaving. The outnumbered Ukrainians placed a tank at the base's gate, leaving the two sides in a tense standoff.
Al-Qaida's Afghanistan leader is laying the groundwork to relaunch his war-shattered organization once the United States and international forces withdraw from the country, as they have warned they will do without a security agreement from the Afghan government, U.S. officials say.
Egypt's interim president reshuffled the country's top military council Thursday and installed the nation's military chief as its leader for the first time, part of a series of decrees that experts say gives the military more independence as its current leader is widely expected to run for president.
The Obama administration appears to be launching a new diplomatic push to prevent China from imposing another destabilizing air defense zone over international waters.
Hard-line Iranian lawmakers are accusing President Hassan Rouhani of halting a scheduled missile exercise, the state news agency said Sunday.
Putting former NSA contractor Edward Snowden on trial for leaking U.S. surveillance information could be an awkward public spectacle for the Obama administration.
Afghanistan's president demanded Sunday that the United States no longer carry out military operations or airstrikes and must jump-start peace talks with the Taliban before his country signs a security deal to keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan after 2014.
A leading civil liberties group lashed out Wednesday after reports suggested that President Obama won't make major changes to government surveillance programs after months of review and hand-wringing over revelations by former spy-agency contractor Edward Snowden.
President Obama jolted Americans awake in November when he agreed to a suspicious deal with Iran to preserve its nuclear program. Now it's the president who's surprised — Congress wants him to actually hold the Islamic republic to its word. The idea of "peace through strength" has been banished from Washington's playbook, so it's encouraging to see Congress, including several prominent members of the president's own party, attempting to hold the president accountable as he sues for peace at an unknown price.
One of China's most powerful security leaders is facing corruption charges, according to China analysts inside and outside the government.
NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: Iraq's ambassador to Washington says the Obama administration doesn't fully grasp the consequences of failing to more aggressively combat a surging al Qaeda threat inside his country, pointedly suggesting that President Obama has been less engaged with Baghdad than his predecessor.
With Russia reeling from two deadly suicide bombings in as many days, the White House on Monday offered to help with security at the 2014 Winter Olympics, slated to begin in less than six weeks in Sochi.
Two deadly bombings within 24 hours in the southern Russian city of Volgograd have highlighted the vulnerability of "soft" targets before the Winter Olympics begin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in February, sparking fears that militant fighters could be planning a major offensive.