Vladimir Putin http://kgou.org en World Views: April 18, 2014 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-april-18-2014 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Joshua Landis and Suzette </span>Grillot<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> focus on the aggression in the east of Ukraine, and the well as the historical importance of Ukraine in Russian history. They also discuss how the war in Syria has affected the country’s ancient history and cultural heritage.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And later, a conversation with Israeli scholar <a href="http://cmsprod.bgu.ac.il/Eng/Centers/bgi/Staff/zaki.htm">Zaki Shalom</a>.&nbsp;He says the Arab Spring has shifted focus away from the Middle East’s more long-standing&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">discord.</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:20:48 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Joshua Landis, Nick Aguilera & Brian Hardzinski 27552 at http://kgou.org World Views: April 18, 2014 Putin – Peter The Great Redux, Or A Modern-Day James Monroe? http://kgou.org/post/putin-peter-great-redux-or-modern-day-james-monroe <p>After hours of negotiations Thursday, top diplomats from the United States, Europe, and Russia agreed to halt any violence, intimidation or provocative actions in Ukraine.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:40:05 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 27537 at http://kgou.org Putin – Peter The Great Redux, Or A Modern-Day James Monroe? World Views: March 21, 2014 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-march-21-2014 <p></p><p>Rebecca Cruise and Suzette Grillot focus on the dozens of nations involved in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, and why it's difficult for countries to cooperate during international tragedies.</p><p>Later, Cruise talks with Baylor University political scientist <a href="http://www.baylor.edu/political_science/index.php?id=91311">Serhiy Kudelia</a> about the ouster of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, and what comes next in Ukraine.</p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Rebecca Cruise, Brian Hardzinski & Nick Aguilera 25652 at http://kgou.org World Views: March 21, 2014 Why It Could Take Years For Ukraine To Recover From 2014 Power Vacuum http://kgou.org/post/why-it-could-take-years-ukraine-recover-2014-power-vacuum <p>Once the dust settles in Eastern Europe and the dispute over Crimea moves off the front pages of international media, Ukraine still faces a long road trying to right itself from teetering toward becoming a failed state.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:17:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski & Nick Aguilera 25531 at http://kgou.org Why It Could Take Years For Ukraine To Recover From 2014 Power Vacuum Putin Flexes Moscow's Muscles; Kerry Says This Isn't 'Rocky IV' http://kgou.org/post/putin-flexes-moscows-military-muscles-puts-army-alert <strong>We retopped this post at 12:25 p.m. ET.</strong><p>Responding to the news that Russian President Vladimir Putin has put his army on alert in what seems to be a bid to influence events in Ukraine, Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that the U.S. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:58:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 24057 at http://kgou.org Putin Flexes Moscow's Muscles; Kerry Says This Isn't 'Rocky IV' World Views: January 3, 2014 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-january-3-2014 <p></p><p>Joshua Landis and Rebecca Cruise explain how Syria’s civil war is expanding into a region-wide conflict, and what affect two suicide bombings in Russia this week could have on the upcoming Winter Olympics.&nbsp;</p><p>Later, a conversation&nbsp;with longtime Afghanistan observer <a href="http://www.usip.org/experts/andrew-wilder">Andrew Wilder</a> about this year’s scheduled U.S. combat troop withdrawal, and April elections to replace the term-limited Hamid Karzai.</p><p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Rebecca Cruise, Joshua Landis & Brian Hardzinski 20434 at http://kgou.org World Views: January 3, 2014 Attacks In Russia Could Undermine Safety And Security During Olympics http://kgou.org/post/attacks-russia-could-undermine-safety-and-security-during-olympics <p></p><p>The Russian city of Volgograd is still reeling from two suicide bombings this week at the main railway station and on a city trolleybus that killed dozens and wounded scores more.</p><p>No claim of responsibility has been made for either attack, but they come a few months after the leader of an Islamic insurgency in&nbsp;Russia's&nbsp;south called for attacks in the run-up to February's Winter Olympics in the resort city of Sochi.</p><p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 19:36:22 +0000 Brian Hardzinski & Associated Press 20433 at http://kgou.org Attacks In Russia Could Undermine Safety And Security During Olympics Their Release Is Just A 'PR Stunt,' Pussy Riot Member Says http://kgou.org/post/their-release-just-pr-stunt-pussy-riot-member-says The remaining members of the <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=158923390" target="_blank">punk rock band Pussy Riot</a> have been released from prison in Russia, a few months short of serving their full two-year sentences for "hooliganism" — a charge that the band's supporters say was just a trumped-up effort to quash free speech.<p>Once she was free on Monday, a defiant Maria Alyokhina said her release was not a humanitarian act on the part of Russian President Vladimir Putin but rather a "PR stunt" aimed at shoring up his nation's international image before F Mon, 23 Dec 2013 11:55:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 19762 at http://kgou.org Their Release Is Just A 'PR Stunt,' Pussy Riot Member Says Obama Cancels One-On-One Meeting With Putin http://kgou.org/post/obama-cancels-one-one-meeting-putin President Obama has canceled a one-on-one September summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the White House says.<p>It's the most dramatic effect so far on U.S.-Russian relations in the wake of Russia's decision to grant "NSA leaker" <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=190293264" target="_blank">Edward Snowden</a> temporary asylum while he tries to get safe haven in some third country.<p>Word of the decision not to meet with Putin was first reported by The Associated Press earlier Wednesday morning. Wed, 07 Aug 2013 13:28:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 11141 at http://kgou.org Obama Cancels One-On-One Meeting With Putin Putin: NSA Leaker Is A 'Free Person' At Moscow Airport http://kgou.org/post/putin-nsa-leaker-free-person-moscow-airport Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared to rebuff the United States when he said NSA leaker Edward Snowden was in Moscow but is a "free person" who is "entitled to buy a ticket and fly to wherever he wants."<p>Snowden, Putin said, is in the transit zone of Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport and has neither crossed the Russian border nor "committed any crime" on Russian soil.<p><a href="http://rt.com/news/putin-snowden-moscow-extradition-220/">According to a report from the RT network</a>, which is financed by Russian government, Putin made the comments in Finland during a joint news conference wi Tue, 25 Jun 2013 21:57:55 +0000 NPR News 8479 at http://kgou.org Putin: NSA Leaker Is A 'Free Person' At Moscow Airport