Kaveh L. Afrasiabi, foreign policy analyst | August 29, 2008
If Obama is elected, a VP Joe Biden will likely mean positive developments for troubled US-Iran relations. ++ Biden's experiences with Iranian diplomacy legitimize Obama's call for direct contact with Tehran. ++ However, Biden's plans to negotiate with Iran may cost Obama some Jewish votes and Biden may have to give in to a more hawkish stance. ++ But Biden's more conciliatory approach toward Iran is likely to be reciprocated by Tehran's leaders and, especially in comparison to McCain's plan, is the only chance for progress.