Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan today and said he has no intention of meeting with President Hamid Karzai, who has resisted signing a security agreement to extend the U.S.’s military presence past 2014.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif heads to Afghanistan tomorrow to discuss security issues with President Hamid Karzai, whose reluctance to sign a pact to retain U.S. troops beyond 2014 has stoked concern in the region.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s expanding list of demands before he’ll sign an agreement for U.S. forces to stay in his country is testing the Obama administration’s patience and risking blunders by each side.
President Barack Obama’s agreement with Iran is part of a high-stakes set of diplomatic initiatives that is unnerving Middle East allies concerned that his goal is to reduce U.S. commitments in the region.
Israeli-Palestinian peace talks may suffer collateral damage from the accord world powers reached with Iran if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu persists in linking his two biggest diplomatic challenges.
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the Saudi royal who seems to own most everything there is to own -- a chunk of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, a piece of Twitter, all of Paris’s George V Hotel, the Savoy in London, and a Boeing 747 for his personal use -- was sitting in the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago the other evening (he and Bill Gates own most of Four Seasons Holdings), offering up the view -- the view of an experienced negotiator from the Middle East -- that U.S. President Barack Obama is outmatched by the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Israel’s opposition Labor Party elected parliament member Isaac Herzog as its new leader in an upset victory over incumbent Shelly Yachimovich, a change that could help peace negotiations with the Palestinians.