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The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Replacing Hagel. Nikolas Gvosdev identifies some of the many problems that Obama faces in finding a new Secretary of Defense.

What really matters about the extension of Iran talks. Paul Pillar explains how continued negotiations with Iran is to the advantage of the U.S.

How Khamenei responded to the extension of talks. Allen McDuffee reports on the Ayatollah Khamenei’s public reaction to the continuation of negotiations.

A death sentence for negotiations? Jeffrey Lewis draws attention to the advantages that an extension gives hard-line opponents of any deal in both countries.

3 foreign policy turkeys that shouldn’t be pardoned. Paul Saunders lists three policy ideas that need to be put out of their misery.

Bargaining for peace between Ukraine and Russia. Samuel Charap urges Ukraine to pursue a political settlement with Russia.

The thirst for change in Scotland has not been quenched. Alex Massie comments on the significance of the launch of The National, a new pro-independence newspaper.

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Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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