John Kerry made an all-out push to save what he considers one of his most significant accomplishments as secretary of state. It began in New York on a Sunday afternoon two weeks ago, where, more than a year after he left office, he engaged in what can be characterized as shadow diplomacy with a top-ranking Iranian official.
Kerry sat down at the United Nations with Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to discuss ways of preserving the now defunct deal limiting Iran’s nuclear weapons program. It was the second time in nearly two months that the two had met to strategize over salvaging a deal they spent years negotiating during the Obama administration.
Last month Kerry met with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and he’s been on the phone with top European Union official Federica Mogherini, according to sources, who spoke to Townhall News on the condition of anonymity to reveal the private meetings. Kerry also met with French President Emmanuel Macron in both Paris and New York, conversing over the details of sanctions and regional nuclear threats in both French and English.
These were unusual moves for a former secretary of state which highlight what a personal issue this is for Kerry. He coordinated his push with a group of officials who were his top advisers at the State Department, and who helped craft and negotiate the Iran deal in the first place. The group, called Diplomacy Works, has an advisory council that includes lead Iran-deal negotiator Wendy Sherman, former State Department chief of staff Jon Finer, and former spokeswoman Jen Psaki.
What say you SOFREP? He ultimately failed in his mission to keep the U.S. in the Iran deal, but does this constitute a form of shadow diplomacy, or something worse? Sound off in the comments.