Will 2014 be a decisive year for the United States regarding Middle Eastern affairs?


05 January 2014

According to STRATFOR, the year 2014 might be a decisive year for the U.S. in its involvement in Middle Eastern geopolitics.

STRATFOR’s latest geopolitical diary makes the case that working toward a nuclear settlement with Iran will take centre stage in U.S. strategy, with other hot spots like Syria and Israel/Palestine playing a peripheral but supportive role.

The Obama Administration is likely to manage Syrian negotiations and the Israeli-Palestinian talks in such a way that they reinforce the U.S. negotiating position with Iran. The ultimate goal, however, will be to pursue a settlement with Iran that points the way toward restoring a balance of power in the region, and in so doing, secure America’s geopolitical position with regard to the Middle East.

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