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Ambassador Nicholas Burns, American foreign policy expert, makes case for West accepting Iran nuclear deal.

Nicholas BurnsExpert speaker, Ambassador Nicholas Burns gives his insight into the next steps the US must take to contain Iran after a nuclear deal was reached in Vienna on July 14th.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Nick outlines the importance of a ‘reassertion of American interest in playing the leading role in that region’ in order to maintain control over Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

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Dennis Ross: Obama Needs to Soothe the Saudis

In a recent op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, Dennis Ross, counsellor at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, discussed President Obama’s trip to Saudi Arabia and what he needs to consider in order to affect Saudi behaviour.

Fundamentally, Dennis explains, the Saudis believe that America’s friends and interests are under threat, and the U.S. response has ranged from indifference to accommodation. Particular tensions have arisen because the Saudis claim that there is an Iranian effort to shift the balance of forces in the region dramatically in Tehran’s favour. Iran’s Quds Force encircling the surrounding region is thus perceived as an existential threat.

With regards to Iran’s nuclear disarmament, Dennis adds that Saudi leaders believe the U.S. is seeking détente with Iran and is turning a blind eye to Tehran’s troublemaking in the region. U.S. hesitancy in Syria, and the Saudis’ view of American policy toward Egypt adds to their sense of disquiet.

Dennis argues that none of this will mean that the Saudis will turn away from the United States; Saudi leaders know that only the U.S. can safeguard Saudi Arabia against external threats. However, as Dennis points out “insecurity often leads to self-destructive policies…given the depth of the Saudi doubts, the president will be unlikely to succeed if he offers only words of reassurance.”

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To find out more about Dennis Ross, or to book him as a geopolitical speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@chartwellspeakers.com or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

Ambassador Dennis Ross calls for “credible endgame” on Iran

An interesting piece by Ambassador Dennis Ross, former special assistant to President Obama, on how the US and other governments should approach diplomacy with Iran. As Tehran’s nuclear ambitions once again hit headlines Ambassador Ross discusses the need for a tougher stance on Iran to be underpinned by a credible endgame proposal if coercive diplomacy is to make ground.

A fascinating insight into this potential geopolitical flash-point.

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To find out more about Dennis Ross, or to book him as a geopolitical speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@chartwellspeakers.com or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

Dennis Ross: “It’s time to call Iran’s bluff”

It was an absolute delight to meet US diplomat and foreign affairs adviser, Dennis Ross, when he was in town last week. Having advised the Obama, Clinton and George H. W. Bush administrations, with particular experience in the Middle East, he is someone worth listening to.

Ahead of the next round of nuclear negotiations with Iran, taking place in Moscow today, Dennis has written a piece in the New Republic setting out what the West must do to stop the process from stalling. He argues that Iran should be offered a civil nuclear power capability in order to move the process forward, as the current strategy of playing for time isn’t working.

To find out more about Dennis Ross, or to book him as a geopolitical speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@chartwellspeakers.com or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

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