As international leaders convene, what will the leader of the free world say?

Amid a slew of international crises – Syria’s protracted civil war, al Shabaab’s bloody siege of an upscale mall in Nairobi, and brewing tensions in the East and South China Seas – dignitaries and envoys from around the world will descend on New York City this week for the opening of the 68th session United Nations General Assembly.

President Obama will address the UN this morning. He is expected to signal his willingness to engage with the new Iranian government and call on U.N. Security Council members to approve a resolution that would mandate consequences for Syria if it fails to cooperate with a plan to turn its chemical weapons stockpiles over to the international community.

Iran’s newly elected President Hassan Rouhani is likely to use his speech to reiterate his country’s preference for diplomatic solutions to the Islamic Republic’s controversial nuclear program, but are his overtures genuine? Or merely gambits to buy his country more time? Will Russia continue to balk at a UN resolution that threatens force if Syria does not comply with the terms of the much-heralded chemical disarmament deal? What can the world expect to hear from the leader of the free world on the issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

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