by Ashley Jackson
Switzerland is no stranger to high-level diplomatic talks. Still, March was notable for its diplomatic flurry in
where world powers attempted to come to an agreement around Iran’s nuclear program.
During the talks, there was the
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
, expressed alarm at the prospect of a US-Iran agreement.
intense coffee-fueled all-nighters
, American, European, and Iranian negotiators announced a
Reactions to the Announced Framework:
Many around the world felt the deal represented the
. Republicans, however, predictably attacked the deal while
others mocked Republican’s
opposition. In Iran,
news of the deal. Worldwide,
investors expressed enthusiasm
at the prospect of the opening of Iran’s markets.
Saudi Arabia tentatively embraced
the deal. Netanyahu continued to criticize it, but
former Israeli Mossad Chief says Iran made important concessions
What is Next:
Many of the details will need to be determined by July, the agreed deadline for a formal agreement. In the meantime, President Obama must now focus on building support for the deal
. You can see the outlines of his pitch in the
recent interview with Thomas Friedman
Ashley Jackson is Democrats Abroad Switzerland's Member-at-Large, International Policy Issues. In this new column, she discusses cross-border U.S. politics of particular interest to our members and Americans everywhere.
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