Realpolitik in the Middle East

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (2nd R) walks with his staff after a negotiation session on the Iranian nuclear program in Lausanne on March 27, 2015.

Between ISIS, Yemen and Iran, President Obama has his hands full of conflicting interests and crises in the Middle East. Fred Kaplan, Slate's War Stories columnist and the author of The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War (Simon & Schuster, 2014), discusses the president's political strategy in the conflicted region.