Can Obama Make History at the UN? TNI’s Best of the Web For 9/24

September 24, 2013 Topic: UN Region: Iran

Can Obama Make History at the UN? TNI’s Best of the Web For 9/24

Starting this month, 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 and domestic politics, TNI has you covered.

What you need to know for Tuesday 9/24:

Text of President Obama’s speech today at the United Nations:

From the speech:

“The United States and Iran have been isolated from one another since the Islamic revolution of 1979. This mistrust has deep roots. Iranians have long complained of a history of U.S. interference in their affairs and of America’s role in overthrowing the Iranian government during the Cold War. On the other hand, Americans see an Iranian government that has declared the United States an enemy and directly or through proxies taken American hostages, killed U.S. troops and civilians, and threatened our ally Israel with destruction.

I don’t believe this difficult history can be overcome overnight. The suspicions run too deep. But I do believe that if we can resolve the issue of Iran’s nuclear program, that can serve as a major step down a long road toward a different relationship, one based on mutual interests and mutual respect.”

Foreign Policy: Armageddon 2 - “The supremely bad U.S.-Russian plan to nuke asteroids.”

Foreign Affairs: Talk Is Cheap - “Sanctions might have brought Rouhani to the table, but they won't keep him there.”

BBC - Obama Urges Diplomatic Push on Iran Nuclear Program

Japan Times: Japan-U.S. Exercise Involving Ospreys to be Held in Shiga

Washington Post: Obama calls on U.N. to Enforce Syria Pact; Vows to Pursue Better Relations with Iran

The Diplomat: Trust and U.S. Foreign Policy - “U.S. issues with trust in foreign policy seem closely tied to the difficulty it has grasping the concept of national interest.”

Image: The White House/Flickr.