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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a press conference closing two days of closed-door nuclear talks on October 16, 2013 in Geneva.

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a press conference closing two days of closed-door nuclear talks on October 16, 2013 in Geneva.

Facebook Diplomacy: Fighting Rumi with Whitman?

Facebook diplomacy between Iran and the U.S. is all the rage. First,  Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denied that details of his country’s nuclear deal with world powers had been leaked in a Facebook post. An article in Washington-based...

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif leaves a meeting of the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, on Sept. 26, 2013.

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif leaves a meeting of the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, on Sept. 26, 2013.

Twitter Diplomacy, Facebook Friending: Iran, U.S., U.K. Engage

The new Iranian government, which took office only in August, is waging an asymmetric diplomatic battle against the West. Outnumbered and isolated over its nuclear program and support for Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad, Iran’s new leaders have taken to the world...

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A closure sign is posted on the national mall near the Capitol in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2013.

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A closure sign is posted on the national mall near the Capitol in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2013.

Shutdown Journal: Week One

Updated Oct. 6  at 9:50 am and 12:34 pm EDT On the first Sunday of the partial government shutdown, think of the talk shows as quote machines. With some ominous quotes at that: Boehner: “We are not going to pass...

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Secretary of State John Kerry, left and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at news conference on Sept. 14, 2013, in Geneva, Switzerland, announcing agreement on Syrian chemical weapons.

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Secretary of State John Kerry, left and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at news conference on Sept. 14, 2013, in Geneva, Switzerland, announcing agreement on Syrian chemical weapons.

Syrian Solution: U.S., Russia: ‘The World’s Mediators’

Updated at 4:15 pm EDT Two weeks ago today, President Barack Obama stood in the Rose Garden of the White House threatening U.S. military action against Syria for its evident deployment of chemical weapons killing more than 1,400 people, including...

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United Nations-Arab League special envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, center, speaks on September 13, 2013 during a press conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Russian Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov.

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United Nations-Arab League special envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, center, speaks on September 13, 2013 during a press conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Russian Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov.

Syrian Negotiations: How Long?

The unknown element of the negotiations the U.S. is having with Russia over Syria’s chemical weapons: How long the Obama administration will wait for proof that these talks will be fruitful. “We proceed from the fact that this solution of...

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Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speak to the press at the Hotel Intercontinental on September 12, 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speak to the press at the Hotel Intercontinental on September 12, 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Kerry on Syria: ‘This is Not a Game’

Syria’s deployment of chemical weapons on Aug. 21 was “unacceptable,” Secretary of State John Kerry said today, standing alongside Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva. “We have in no uncertain terms made it clear that we cannot allow that...

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President Barack Obama makes briefs remarks to the news media at the beginning of a cabinet meeting with (L-R) Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker in the Cabinet Room of the White House September 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama noted the absence of Secretary of State John Kerry who is in Geneva meeting with his Russian counterpart about Syria. Obama said he hopes that the meeting would yield concrete results.

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President Barack Obama makes briefs remarks to the news media at the beginning of a cabinet meeting with (L-R) Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker in the Cabinet Room of the White House September 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama noted the absence of Secretary of State John Kerry who is in Geneva meeting with his Russian counterpart about Syria. Obama said he hopes that the meeting would yield concrete results.

Obama: ‘A Lot More Stuff to Do’ — and ‘Thank You’ on that Putin Piece

It’s inevitable, in the ebb and flow of international crises and domestic concerns, that the White House will seize an opportunity to change the subject. Following President Barack Obama’s impassioned appeal for public support for a military strike against Syria...

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov(L) and US Secretary of State John Kerry speak as remarks are delivered to the media while meeting with US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu, and staff on August 9, 2013 at the US Department of State in Washington, DC.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov(L) and US Secretary of State John Kerry speak as remarks are delivered to the media while meeting with US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu, and staff on August 9, 2013 at the US Department of State in Washington, DC.

Lavrov: ‘Nyet’ to No Smoking, Yet No ‘Strangelove’ for Kerry

John Kerry is going to school on Henry Kissinger, one of the world’s most seasoned statesmen and a veteran of the Cold War, as he negotiates with the Russians over a proposal to seize the chemical weapons of Syria. Yet...

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Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger gestures during a birthday reception for Kissinger's 90th birthday in Berlin, on June 11, 2013.

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Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger gestures during a birthday reception for Kissinger's 90th birthday in Berlin, on June 11, 2013.

Kerry Calls on Kissinger: ‘Diplomacy’

Secretary of State John Kerry is going to one of State’s senior statesmen: Kerry is consulting Henry Kissinger, the 90-year-old embodiment of Cold War foreign policy and one of the gray-beards of the foreign policy establishment, before heading off to...

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