Constructive Engagement News

News about American diplomacy, constructive engagement, and isolation of adversaries.


Syria wants talks on Iraq
Bashar al-Assad told ABC's "Good Morning America" in an interview in Damascus, Syria's capital, that Bush administration officials were "not willing to achieve peace; they don't have the will and they don't have the vision."

In contrast, he praised Bush's father, President George H.W. Bush, who sponsored a 1991 Arab-Israeli peace conference that included Syria. Assad said the elder Bush had the "will to achieve peace."


[click here for a partial transcript of the interview]


Bush's Diplomacy Allergy
As war in the Middle East rages, even some conservatives are calling for the U.S. to start talking to its enemies, not just its friends.
Talking to Evil
There simply is no substitute for engaging directly, even with brutal regimes, as President Richard Nixon did so successfully with Mao's China.
Dealing with Tehran: Assessing U.S. Diplomatic Options Toward Iran

Flynt Leverett lays out a comprehensive strategy for diplomatic engagement with Iran. Leverett says that a successful resolution of the Iranian nuclear issue requires a “grand bargain” between the United States and Iran—that is, an overarching framework in which outstanding bilateral differences are resolved as a package.

Critics Cite 'Constrained' Mideast Policy

The Bush administration's policy of refusing to engage with nations and groups linked to terrorism, including Syria, Iran and Palestinian factions, has sharply limited U.S. maneuvering room during the war between Israel and Hezbollah, according to former administration officials and outside experts.

TURMOIL IN THE MIDEAST: NEWS ANALYSIS; U.S., Needing Options, Finds Its Hands Tied

By and large, the Bush administration has sought to deal with the Middle East in bold strokes, emphasizing regime change and democracy but spurning the garden-variety diplomacy of mediating conflicts between Israel and its rivals.

"Cabal" Blocked 2003 Nuclear Talks with Iran
The George W. Bush administration failed to enter into negotiations with Iran on its nuclear programme in May 2003 because neoconservative zealots who advocated destabilisation and regime change were able to block any serious diplomatic engagement with Tehran, according to former administration officials.