We sometimes forget diplomats, policy makers and think-tankers are ambitious careerists with mortgages and mouths to feed too. Perpetuating the myth that “engagement,” “processes” and “talks” can resolve virtually every international conflict is their stock and trade. It provides them with a reliable sinecure and every incentive to prolong the “negotiations” before the generals take over. Keep that in mind when reading this article, How to Tell if the Iran Talks Are Working, which was written by three “experts” from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and first appeared in the (pardon the expression) New York Times.
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