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SEPTEMBER 19, 2014
Key takeaway: Iranian officials continue to echo Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s opposition to joint efforts with the US in combatting ISIS. Iraqi Hezbollah Brigades announced plans for an upcoming operation to “clear” a village near Amerli, Iraq.
The United Nations headquarters building is pictured in Vienna May 14, 2014. Six world powers and Iran launch the decisive phase of diplomacy over Tehran's nuclear work during three-day talks starting in the VIC in Vienna on Wednesday, with the aim of resolving their decade-old dispute by July 20 despite skepticism a deal is possible. (Reuters)
U.S. President Barack Obama reviews an honor guard upon his arrival in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on March 28, 2014. Obama met with Saudi King Abdullah during his visit to the region. (Reuters)
The Obama administration has often responded to crises of confidence in its foreign policy by treating unease and skepticism among international allies and partners, and among critics at home, as a messaging problem. It has interpreted failure to secure buy-in or cooperation as a failure to communicate effectively, rather than as a potential sign of flawed substance.
(L-R) British Foreign Secretary William Hague, Germany's Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius gather at the United Nations Palais in Geneva November 24, 2013. (Reuters)
Secretary of State John Kerry gestures at a press conference about the deal reached between six world powers and Iran at the International Conference Centre of Geneva November 24, 2013. (Reuters).
Iran got what it bargained for.
Iranian President Ahmadinejad visits the Natanz uranium enrichment facility on April 8, 2008. (Getty)
This assessment is version 2.1 of a recurring analysis of Iran’s nuclear program.