On June 25, 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 discussed the successes of the Biden-Putin Summit, the Iranian presidential elections and the potential for a nuclear deal, and the future of the US role in Afghanistan in the midst of Taliban offensives.

The summit’s main outcome was simply resetting the status quo: returning ambassadors to Moscow and Washington and agreeing to talk further on issues related to arms control and cybers security, in particular.

Emma Ashford

The Supreme Leader calls the shots in Iran. It’s as if Donald Trump remained in office for life but every few years held elections for vice president in which voters got to choose between Ivanka Trump and Mike Pence.

Matthew Kroenig

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