5 Top Reads
The World This Weekend
The British ambassador to the United States exits the stage, and Europe tries to salvage the Iran nuclear deal.
This week, Kim Darroch, the British ambassador to the United States, resigned after leaked cables revealed his stark criticism of U.S. President Donald Trump—leading the president to lambast Darroch on Twitter. He resigned Wednesday, after Boris Johnson, Britain’s likely next prime minister, declined to defend him in a televised debate.
Meanwhile, as Iran moves away from compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, Europe may be positioned to prevent the collapse of the landmark agreement. But the countries of the European Union have yet to prove they can save the deal.
Here are Foreign Policy’s top five weekend reads.
The circumstances around Darroch’s departure risk curtailing diplomats’ honest assessments of the Trump administration, for fear of the consequences, Foreign Policy’s Robbie Gramer reports.
As Iran violates limits on enriched uranium, Europe—along with Russia and China—must resuscitate the agreement to stabilize the region, Ellie Geranmayeh writes.
Still, Iran’s noncompliance already signals the potential limits of EU foreign policy after the U.S. withdrawal from the agreement last year, Foreign Policy’s Robbie Gramer and Keith Johnson report.
As the civil war in Syria continues to rage, the idea that Bashar al-Assad’s regime has declared victory ignores both the chaos on the ground and the signs of future instability, Charles Lister writes.
Meanwhile, as U.S. forces withdraw from Syria, Britain and France will deploy additional troops to compensate, Foreign Policy’s Lara Seligman reports.
As the U.S. Democratic presidential primary race heats up, Saudi Arabia is courting campaigns to rebuild its influence among Democrats—a departure from years of increasingly strained relations as Riyadh embraced Trump, Alia Awadallah writes.
Princess Haya bint al-Hussein, a wife of Dubai’s sheikh, fled her palace for the United Kingdom, drawing attention to the inferior status and treatment of women in the United Arab Emirates, Ola Salem writes.
The princess’s escape attempt is just one in a growing trend in the Arab world, which Salem wrote about in Foreign Policy earlier this year.