Vladimir Putin http://www.kunc.org en More Diplomacy, Fewer Military Missions: 5 Obama Statements Explained http://www.kunc.org/post/more-diplomacy-fewer-military-missions-5-obama-statements-explained In an interview with NPR, President Obama says now is an appropriate time to step up aid to moderate Syrian rebels. Thu, 29 May 2014 09:11:00 +0000 57122 at http://www.kunc.org More Diplomacy, Fewer Military Missions: 5 Obama Statements Explained Putin's Chess Moves In Ukraine: Brilliant Tactics, But Bad Strategy? http://www.kunc.org/post/putins-chess-moves-ukraine-brilliant-tactics-bad-strategy The game of chess is a national pastime in Russia. And you might say that Vladimir Putin is playing a high-stakes game of geopolitical chess when it comes to Ukraine.<p>Western leaders are plotting how to counter Putin's latest moves with economic sanctions. So to get some insight into what might come next, we talked to an economist who knows Russia — who is also extremely good at chess.<p><strong>Putin Playing From A Weak Position</strong><p>Kenneth Rogoff is a world-renowned economist and professor at Harvard. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:02:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 55725 at http://www.kunc.org Putin's Chess Moves In Ukraine: Brilliant Tactics, But Bad Strategy? An Olympic Shame: Vladimir Putin Plays Host To Winter Games http://www.kunc.org/post/olympic-shame-vladimir-putin-plays-host-winter-games You know those commercials for prescription medicines on television when they devote the first 15 seconds to the benefits of the drug and then take the next 45 telling you all the bad things that could happen if you use it? Vladimir Putin's Olympics remind me of that. For all the happiness his Winter Games are supposed to bring us, you need considerably more time to hear about all the things that could go wrong.<p>Let's not forget that Putin was given these games by the perennially inept International Olympic Committee. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 12:19:00 +0000 Frank Deford 53873 at http://www.kunc.org An Olympic Shame: Vladimir Putin Plays Host To Winter Games Putin 'Doesn't Believe In You,' McCain Tells Russian People http://www.kunc.org/post/putin-doesnt-believe-you-mccain-tells-russian-people In a stinging response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's put-down of "American exceptionalism," Arizona Sen. John McCain told Russians Thursday that Putin "doesn't believe in you."<p>"He doesn't believe that human nature at liberty can rise above its weaknesses and build just, peaceful, prosperous societies," <a href="http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/19-09-2013/125705-McCain_for_pravda_ru-0/" target="_blank">McCain writes in an op-ed posted by Pravda</a>. "Or, at least, he doesn't believe Russians can. So he rules by using those weaknesses, by corruption, repression and violence. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:15:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 49797 at http://www.kunc.org Putin 'Doesn't Believe In You,' McCain Tells Russian People Even Their Seats Are To Be Separated When Putin And Obama Meet http://www.kunc.org/post/even-their-seats-are-be-separated-when-putin-and-obama-meet Much is being made about the symbolism of the seating at the <a href="http://en.g20russia.ru/" target="_blank">G-20 summit of world leaders</a>, which begins Thursday in St. Petersburg, Russia, and what it supposedly says about U.S.-Russian relations.<p>Here's <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/04/g20-frosty-relations-putin-obama-syria" target="_blank">how <em>The Guardian</em> starts its story</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"In terms of table placement at least, the Russians are trying to avoid a fight. Thu, 05 Sep 2013 11:09:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 49220 at http://www.kunc.org Even Their Seats Are To Be Separated When Putin And Obama Meet