Op-Ed Diplomacy? TNI's Best of the Web 9/20

Starting this week, TNI’s Managing Editor, Harry Kazianis, will select the day’s top foreign policy, national security, and defense articles for your reading pleasure. From the latest crisis in Syria or the Middle East, to China’s rise, to important matters of U.S. foreign policy, TNI has you covered.

What you need to know for Friday 9/20:

Washington Post: Why Iran Seeks Constructive Engagement (an op-ed from Iran’s new president). From the op-ed:

“As I depart for New York for the opening of the U.N. General Assembly, I urge my counterparts to seize the opportunity presented by Iran’s recent election. I urge them to make the most of the mandate for prudent engagement that my people have given me and to respond genuinely to my government’s efforts to engage in constructive dialogue. Most of all, I urge them to look beyond the pines and be brave enough to tell me what they see — if not for their national interests, then for the sake of their legacies, and our children and future generations.”

BBC: Militants Kill 18 Afghan police - “At least 18 Afghan police officers are killed and 13 wounded in a Taliban ambush in northern Badakhshan province, the interior ministry says.”

Japan Times: 'Humbled' by Pick as U.S. Envoy to Japan, Kennedy Seeks Deeper Bilateral Ties: “Caroline Kennedy tells the Senate confirmation panel she hopes to carry on the legacy of her slain father, John F. Kennedy, as U.S. ambassador to Japan.”

Foreign Policy: Stalemate's End? - “Forget Rouhani. Iran's hard-line Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei might actually be open to a nuclear deal with America.”

Foreign Affairs: Coming Clean on Chemical Weapons - “Israel Abandoned Them a Long Time Ago. Why Won’t It Say So?”

USA Today: Wanted: Cheap Drones

Image: Office of the President - Iran