Assessments of meetings today between Iran and the IAEA were optimistic, with IAEA officials planning to head to Tehran Nov. 11 to finalize a deal on inspections of key sites.
This week's roundup of Good Reads includes a profile of Iran negotiator Wendy Sherman, freedom of the press and the White House, today's lessons from the working relationship between President Reagan and Tip O'Neill, a profile of Amazon's founder, and how Life magazine came to have the photos of JFK's assassination.
The US-Saudi relationship, which is built on defense partnerships and oil wealth, has been publicly strained over disagreement over Syria, warming US-Iran ties, and a UN Security Council seat.
At talks next week, Iran may offer to stop controversial fuel enrichment, a key demand of negotiators, in order to lift painful sanctions.
Israel may be willing to be the spoiler of US-Iranian rapprochement because in its leadership's eyes, the alternative is extermination.