How Biden Can Score a Diplomatic Win in the Gulf, With Europe’s Help

Protesters burn pictures of U.S. President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden outside the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Tehran, Nov. 28, 2020 (AP photo by Vahid Salemi).
Protesters burn pictures of U.S. President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden outside the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Tehran, Nov. 28, 2020 (AP photo by Vahid Salemi).
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Many world leaders, dismayed by four years of Donald Trump, are hoping that President-elect Joe Biden will return to an American foreign policy that is more pragmatic and balanced, less fickle and pettily punitive. One region crying out for an urgent recalibration in the U.S. approach is the Persian Gulf. Thanks to an emerging European initiative to help bring a modicum of calm to the tense region, Biden will have the opportunity to do a lot of good early in his term without having to invest too much political capital. Ever since the 1979 Iranian revolution, tensions between Iran and […]

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