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Lula and Erdogan demonstrate their diplomatic clout

May 17, 2010

Lula and Erdogan demonstrate their diplomatic clout

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Here is a link to Paul Woodward excellent blog War In Context.  (Updated: Here is another link with a bit more analysis on the situation from Juan Cole) With the pressure mounting against Iran by the US and its global allies, it seems possible that a deal may to resolve some of the most outstanding issues surrounding the prolonged stand-off between the Islamic Republic and the West over its right to develop nuclear technology (which it is entitled to for peaceful energy purposes as a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty).  The significance of a possible deal brokered by the likes of Brasil and Turkey largely outside the dictates of US demands, which would have been unthinkable only ten years ago, speak to the extent of the erosion of US influence in the world in the past decade.

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