America’s pivotal role as Middle East builds towards peaceful future

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (photo:dpa)
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (photo:dpa)

Elections in the United States, Israel and Iran have brought together three global leaders and the political climate which could see agreement reached on the complex issues of Iran and its nuclear status. Russia’s influence in the region will diminish as negotiations progress but the US will retain a pivotal balancing role even as its focus turns to the Asia-Pacific.

<i>The United States and Iran have seized the opportunity to reopen a direct discourse after 35 years of tense silence. It is almost certain to become a game-changer in the wider Middle East and globally. Israel had run out of options to impose pressure and Iran could not delay any more. Both face challenges to find...

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