This week's special edition of Outside the Box touches on the strained relationship between the U.S. and Iran as the war in Iraq continues to loom. Bush is nearing the end of his tenure as President and is (as well as has been) seeking a solution for America's involvement in the Middle East. Diplomats from each country recently met up to begin discussion on the subject.
In his article "Two Busted Flushes: The U.S. and Iranian Negotiations," Stratfor President George Friedman discusses the U.S. / Iran relationship as well as the potential roles of other major world powers like Russia. He goes on to explain the agendas of both governments followed by some possible scenarios that may begin to play out soon.
For those of you unfamiliar with George's company Stratfor, they are a leading information and analytics agency on geopolitical affairs. Kind of what I like to label as a "private CIA" of sorts. George has continued to offer my readers a special discount on his service that can be obtained by clicking through the following link: https://www.stratfor.com/offers/061130-50OFFa/?ref=061130-50OFFa
My hope is that you will continue to find these special editions of Outside the Box to be both a comprehensive and enlightening view on global affairs and geopolitical events.
John Mauldin, Editor
Outside the Box
Two Busted Flushes: The U.S. and Iranian Negotiations
U.S., Iranian and Syrian diplomats met in Baghdad on March 10 to discuss the future of Iraq. Shortly afterward, everyone went out of their way to emphasize that the meetings either did not mean anything or that they were not formally one-on-one, which meant that other parties were present. Such protestations are inevitable: All of the governments involved have substantial domestic constituencies that…