"... On Iran, the US president should pursue bold diplomacy, seeking a deal that includes sanctions relief and recognising Iran’s right to 20 per cent enrichment, in return for much full Iranian transparency and regular inspections of its nuclear sites. There is broad consensus that such a deal is possible if Iran perceives it as generous. A useful start for Obama will be to unilaterally suspend some of its sanctions against Iran or declare that he will no longer consider the option of using force.
On Syria, Obama needs to support the opposition and his administration should work to encourage the opposition leaders to be less chaotic and define a more positive series of political steps through which the current civil war may be brought to an end and a fresh start be made to build an inclusive Syria. This may well include working with some ideas coming from the present government, while also facilitating the exit of President Bashar Al Assad...."