In the lead up to the June 30th deadline for the talks on Iran’s nuclear program, news outlets began reporting on a ‘secret message’ that had been relayed from Obama to Iran’s leaders via the Iraqi Prime Minister. In the weeks prior to the March framework agreement deadline, the group of 47 Republican senators revealed their own not so secret letter to the Iranian leadership. But buried amongst the expected media frenzy on what such moves mean for these negotiations, lies a diplomatic tool that has become an enduring feature of US-Iran diplomacy since the late 1990s.
The three leading contenders in Argentina’s 2015 presidential race recurrently state they prefer closer ties with the United States. Why are they so eager to espouse an unpopular opinion when Electoral Campaigning 101 dictates that they should be doing otherwise? To answer this question, we need to take a closer look at the predicaments faced by the Argentine economy and how a friendly United States can help in the way of investments and international borrowing.