Can France’s Macron Deliver on His High-Stakes Diplomacy With Iran and Russia?

French President Emmanuel Macron, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin talk after a service for late French President Jacques Chirac, in Paris, Sept. 30, 2019 (pool photo by Alexei Druzhinin of Sputnik via AP Images).
French President Emmanuel Macron, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin talk after a service for late French President Jacques Chirac, in Paris, Sept. 30, 2019 (pool photo by Alexei Druzhinin of Sputnik via AP Images).
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Is President Emmanuel Macron turning France into the new indispensable nation of European and global politics? Or is he doomed to demonstrate that France is neither necessary nor sufficient to solve the world’s problems? After a string of successes in European Union politics in the late spring and summer, Macron has positioned himself at the center of diplomacy over the Iran nuclear deal and thawing Europe’s ties with Russia. It remains to be seen, however, whether he can actually achieve his objectives. Macron has already gone through a few boom and bust cycles since winning the French presidency in his […]

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