Ambassador Thomas Pickering served more than four decades as a U.S. diplomat. He last served as under secretary of state for political affairs, the third highest post in the U.S. State Department. Pickering also served as ambassador to the United Nations, the Russian Federation, India, Israel, and Jordan, and holds the personal rank of Career Ambassador.
Our Posts Mentioning Thomas Pickering
May 02, 2013– Trita Parsi, The Court Has Spoken
Apr 18, 2013– Why Not Cancel Sanctions Altogether?
Mar 09, 2013– Working the Room
Oct 03, 2012– Bibi’s Red Line and CNN’s Editorial Line
Top Quotes By Thomas Pickering
Apr 25, 2013 (CSM)
“It is time for the administration to make the sweat equity investment in negotiations equal to what it has done on sanctions and the potential to use military force”
Apr 22, 2013 (WashingtonPost)
“After 30 years of sanctioning and trying to isolate Iran, it is doubtful that pressure alone will change the decisions of Iran’s leaders or get a desired outcome now.”
Feb 19, 2013 (BROOKINGS)
After several years of increasingly punishing sanctions against its economy, there is hope that Iran is now prepared to resume negotiations with the international community to reach a solution to the ongoing nuclear standoff. Many experts fear that Iran is quickly approaching the nuclear threshold, and that 2013 could be the last chance to avoid this outcome. If the international community cannot seize that opportunity, it may be left only with much worse alternatives.