The tumultuous relationship between the US and Pakistan is moving in a more positive direction after worsening for years.
Two sets of secret talks seeking a 'grand bargain' – between Israelis and Palestinians and between Obama and the GOP on fiscal issues – involve current and former US senators. Can that chamber's style bring solutions?
As preliminary peace talks with Israeli and Palestinian representatives begin in Washington, Israel must make a bold move to push negotiations forward and protect its security: declaring it has no sovereignty claims to key West Bank areas and facilitating voluntary relocation of Jewish settlers.
With Secretary John Kerry confident of talks starting soon, the new imperatives in the US and Middle East can help drive a peace deal between Israel and Palestinian leaders.