Howard Baker's strong advice helped Reagan through the Iran-Contra scandal, but he also knew when to back down. He urged dropping the line, 'Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall,' but the words were the president's own, and they stayed.
In the run-up to his stop in Saudi Arabia, Kerry has been imploring the region’s powers to refrain from entering the Iraqi conflict in ways he says could turn it into a full-blown sectarian war.
The longtime senator from Tennessee also served as President Reagan's chief of staff and was US ambassador to Japan.
In a BBC interview, Maliki said Iraq welcomed Syrian airstrikes on militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which operates on both sides of the Iraq-Syria border.
Diplomats in the region, as well in the West, are deeply troubled about the possibility that sectarian conflicts in both countries could morph into a wider war.
World Cup groups E and F wrap up first round play Wednesday, matches include Argentina vs. Nigeria, France vs. Ecuador, and Iran takes on Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The video shows young people, including women not wearing the mandatory headscarf, singing and dancing in support of Iran'snational team, interspersed with footage from matches.
Iranian President Rouhani arrived in Ankara with a coterie of ministers and businessmen. Iran and Turkey hope to double their trade by 2015 and may be betting on an end to sanctions on Iran.
"The Ascendants" shows an ordinary family caught up in the Iran-Iraq War, which shapes Iran even today. But in its depiction of the war, the film defies the official narrative of a "sacred defense."
Laughter is a novel prescription for the hardships of life in Iran's crowded, often tense capital. Two hundred and fifty Iranians have been trained to teach residents how.