On December 4, Foreign Policy published a biweekly column featuring Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig and New American Engagement Initiative senior fellow Emma Ashford discussing the latest news in international affairs.

In this column, they discuss the killing of a senior Iranian nuclear scientist and its implications for US-Iran relations, and President-Elect Joe Biden’s picks for his national security team.

I don’t think this will hurt the chances for diplomacy too much, but I have no doubt that’s what it was intended to do.

Emma Ashford

Americans tend to think that one prepares for diplomacy by being nice, but Iran only makes concessions under pressure.

Matthew Kroenig

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