Two more pieces in PolicyMic this week, so be sure to take a look. You can find the links and a couple of clips below.
Also, an interview with Middle East Monitor on negotiations with Iran. You can find the whole podcast here, with my interview at about 3:50.
From the first piece, on Hagel’s confirmation hearing:
“Little praise has been spoken for anyone involved in Thursday’s Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, which lasted nearly the entire day. Conservative members came prepared to attack, while it seems Hagel may not have prepared at all. Having weathered a firestorm of controversy since his nomination, Hagel’s discomfort baffled his colleagues, but in many ways, his stumbling may have also worked to his advantage.”
From the second, on some of Kerry’s possible ongoing priorities as Secretary of State:
“Kerry is spending most of this first week getting acquainted, but if his tweets are any indication, it won’t be long before the enthusiastic new secretary of state is off and running. With the eagerness of a fresh-faced intern, but the experience and connections of a veteran statesman, Kerry could be a great force for change in Obama’s second term.”