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April 01, 2009

What Diplomacy Looks Like
Posted by Ilan Goldenberg

This seems like a sensible and promising way forward on Russia.

From an anonymous U.S. official in the pool report

It was a "constant strategy on the Bush administration's part, to develop this personal rapport . .. our strategy is to develop an agenda based on interest . .. not to make the goal of these meetings to develop some kind of buddy-buddy relationship [with Russia]."

"Having said that," he went on to say, "it's worth noting there was good rapport." (Obama and Medvedev" "they have some commonalties. They're young, they're lawyers . . . have a common language, and that's not just English, it's this legal language.")

Does rapport matter? "Better to be able to talk than not," he said.

This makes sense.  It's also a lot easier when you have common interests and somewhat compatible views on issues like non-proliferation, instead of having John Bolton and Dick Cheney dictating U.S. non-proliferation policy.


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Dialogue and diplomacy must go hand-in-hand with a very firm message from the United States and the international community that Iran needs to meet its obligations as defined by the Security Council and its continued refusal to do so will only cause pressure to increase...

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