by Ashley JacksonSwitzerland is no stranger to high-level diplomatic talks. Still, March was notable for its diplomatic flurry in Montreux, Geneva, and Lausanne where world powers attempted to come to an agreement around Iran’s nuclear program.
During the talks, there was the controversial letter from Republicans to Iran’s supreme leader. Then there was Israeli president, Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress, skewered here by Jon Stewart. Tennessee Republican and new chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee worked to pass a bill to require Obama to send any potential deal to Congress for approval. In Iran, meanwhile, domestic critics of the deal kept a low-profile. Arab nations, like Saudi Arabia, expressed alarm at the prospect of a US-Iran agreement.
After intense coffee-fueled all-nighters, American, European, and Iranian negotiators announced a framework agreement.