Secretary of State John Kerry

Wall Street Journal — The Obama administration hopes to “pivot” away from a hyper-focus on the Middle East during its second term, but John Kerry’s maiden overseas mission as secretary of state–a nine-nation odyssey across Europe and the Persian Gulf–highlighted why that goal may be elusive.

Secretary of State John Kerry

Imminent threats posed by Syria’s civil war and Iran’s nuclear program, and longer-term challenges of Egypt’s flagging economy and the moribund Arab-Israeli peace process, dominated Mr. Kerry’s 11-day trip, even his stops in European capitals.

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