Diplomacy Challenges For The U.S. In The Middle East, Iran, Afghanistan

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry disembarks from his plane after arriving at Vienna International Airport on July 13, 2014. Kerry landed in Austria early on July 13 to help steer the final stretches of negotiations between global powers and Iran over Tehran's suspect nuclear program, as a deadline for a deal looms. (Jim Bourg/AFP/Getty Images)

Amid mounting calls for a truce in the Middle East, Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza strip are apparently at an impasse. International negotiators are trying to broker a ceasefire a week after the start of a violent flare-up that’s considered the worst in almost two years.

Today, the military wing of Hamas claims it has sent a drone over Israel, which Israeli authorities say they have shot down.

To talk about how the Middle East unrest, as well as the situations in Iran in Afghanistan, affect the United States’ diplomatic efforts, Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson turns to Jim Walsh, an expert in international security.


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