12:16 PM, Mar 15, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The AP is reporting that:
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he would be willing to talk with Syrian President Bashar Assad to stem that nation's violence.
Seems that wants:
... to seriously discuss a transition strategy to quell the Arab country's four-year civil war.
Mr. Kerry is, of course, presently negotiating with Iran. Like most of the rest of the world, Mr. Assad will be studying the outcome of those talks. After four years, what new incentives can Kerry offer, except perhaps a better – and personally safer – arrangement that Assad could expect to get under a Republican administration.
10:21 AM, Feb 26, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
Amid reports that a nuclear deal with Iran may freeze that country's ability to produce nuclear fuel for only ten years in exchange for sanctions relief, President Obama appeared to soften his words on the Iran negotiations if not his position.
8:13 AM, Feb 3, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Despite raised tensions between the U.S. and North Korea recently, there are secret "talks about talks" taking place behind the scenes between the two countries, according to a new report.
10:01 AM, Dec 8, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Foreign Policy reports that the U.S. believes Iran is cheating on U.N. nuclear sanctions. "The United States has privately accused Iran of going on an international shopping spree to acquire components for a heavy-water reactor that American officials have long feared could be used in the production of nuclear weapons-grade plutonium," reports Colum Lynch.
8:34 AM, Nov 19, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Contradicting reports that Secretary of State John Kerry has delayed a trip to Vienna to join the nuclear talks with Iran, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki tweeted
8:04 AM, Oct 17, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Some American and Iranian diplomats have been spending so much time together lately that they're beginning to crack jokes with one another.
3:36 PM, Nov 11, 2013 • By ELLIOTT ABRAMS
Over a century ago George Santayana wrote that “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
He might have had John Kerry and Wendy Sherman in mind.
9:02 AM, Jun 21, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Israeli vice prime minister Shaul Mofaz, of the centrist party Kadima, told Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington, D.C., that talks with the Iranians have failed and that the U.S. should escalate its activity to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
12:12 PM, Jun 16, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
As Josh Rogin reports, almost half the members of the United States Senate joined together to write a letter to Barack Obama, urging the president to give up on Iranian talks if they fail yet again. The letter comes as American diplomats are getting set to meet with the Iranians in Moscow.
9:50 AM, Jun 13, 2012 • By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
As the U.S. and its allies prepare to return to the negotiating table with Iranian representatives, hoping to reach a deal on their nuclear ambitions, the Islamic Republic has significantly ratcheted up its efforts to repress religious minorities in the country.
12:39 PM, May 23, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Fred Barnes, with Mara Liasson and Mary Katharine Ham, last night on Fox News:
6:00 PM, Mar 15, 2012 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
The Obama administration’s fantasyland attempt at talks with the Taliban took another significant blow on Thursday. In a statement released online, Mullah Omar’s organization announced that it “has decided to suspend all talks with Americans taking place in Qatar from today onwards until the Americans clarify their stance on the issues concerned and until they show willingness in carrying out their promises instead of wasting time.”
A great speech.7:56 AM, Sep 7, 2010 • By GABRIEL SCHOENFELD
A great speech about the Middle East “peace process” that cuts to the essentials:
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