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  1. Negotiations with Iran and Syria Make Unexpected Progress

    John Kerry might surpass Hillary Clinton’s well-received performance as U.S. Secretary of State, as negotiations with Syria and Iran defied expectations. Kerry’s suggestion that U.S. military strikes could be averted if President Bashar al-Assad handed over Syria’s chemical weapons could have been a gaffe, but it worked. Negotiations to limit Iran’s ability to produce nuclear weapons are continuing apace. Both the Iran and Syria negotiations are reshaping the U.S.’s frenemy-ship with Russia, potentially for the better — and Kerry is just warming up.

    Sources: The GuardianNPR, Washington Post, The Atlantic

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