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A poster depicting a U.S. negotiator wearing a suit jacket and tie at a meeting table and a dog to his side is displayed in Palestine square, Tehran, Oct. 27, 2013. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has described his outreach to the U.S. as part of a ‘new era’ and a chance to put the nuclear standoff with the West to rest.
A poster depicting a U.S. negotiator wearing a suit jacket and tie at a meeting table and a dog to his side is displayed in Palestine square, Tehran, Oct. 27, 2013. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has described his outreach to the U.S. as part of a ‘new era’ and a chance to put the nuclear standoff with the West to rest.
(Ebrahim Noroozi/Associated Press)

Michael Bell

Why U.S. peace with Iran will end the Middle East as we know it

The positive American response to Iranian overtures promoting an enhanced bilateral relationship reflects a determination by the Obama Administration to direct its global relationships away from the Middle East, where it has had little but grief, and toward East Asia, the Pacific and an increasingly powerful China. The United States appears to have had enough with two failed wars (Iraq and Afghanistan), a quagmire in Syria and the collapse of the Arab Spring in Egypt.