The change in tone from the White House appears to have made a difference. On Friday, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, one of numerous Democrats who have been expressing doubts about the Iran nuclear deal, announced his support for the accord.
Behind the Millennium Development Goals’ remarkable though incomplete success is a combination of a competitive spirit, a desire to achieve universally recognized progress, and a growing demand for government accountability, experts say.
In a blunt speech Wednesday, President Obama warned that war in the Middle East would be more likely without the Iran nuclear agreement. Critics say the deal would make it easier for Iran to acquire nuclear weapons.
With the Iran nuclear negotiations out of the way and President Obama in legacy-building mode, the White House is seen by some to be refocusing on the devastating conflict in Syria with the Turkey agreement.
After 9/11, George W. Bush favored isolation and military action over diplomacy – an approach that didn't win over other countries. Now, the US could again find itself on the outs with others if it rejects the Iran nuclear deal.
President Obama's first three trips to Africa were high on symbolism. This one, at a time of heightened security concerns over Islamist extremism, aims to leverage private-sector investment and encourage entrepreneurship.
As the presidents of Iran and the US lobby their publics for the nuclear accord, both countries are finding themselves entering heated electoral campaigns. And in both cases, there's searing opposition to the deal.
The implementation of the complex nuclear deal – in many ways a road map for Iranian action for the coming decade and more – will be the toughest test of the Obama foreign policy doctrine, analysts say.