"Diplomacy is not just about negotiating with adversaries. It is also about bringing along one’s allies and domestic constituencies, without whose support an agreement would be a hollow achievement. Leadership is not simply about exercising prerogatives; it is also about persuading others to follow."
"We have also fallen short when it comes to deploying multiple elements of power in support of clear strategies and goals."
"Even if one believes that efforts to isolate Cuba diplomatically and economically were unsuccessful, it does not follow that reversing those policies will be successful, any more than total withdrawal from Iraq was the sensible policy in 2011, whatever one’s opinion of the decision to go to war in 2003."
"The clearest path to this outcome for the White House is not only to stop improving its offers to Iran, but to toughen its negotiating position and agree to impose new sanctions by a date certain in exchange for Congress agreeing to the extension of talks and working with the White House on a smart sanctions relief offer."
On Monday, AHS speaker Michael Singh discussed the upcoming nuclear negotiations between the United States and Iran:
“To paraphrase the Rolling Stones, neither Obama nor Rouhani may get what they want from nuclear talks — for Obama a historic diplomatic breakthrough, and for Rouhani the preservation of Iran’s nuclear options and capabilities — but with some effort each may get what he needs."