Posted: Apr 4, 2014 1:26 AM
Updated: Apr 4, 2014 1:26 AM
RABAT, Morocco (AP) More than a week into what was supposed to be only a five-day trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sat in a Paris hotel suite contemplating his next moves on multiple crisis fronts.
It was Monday morning, and despite an emergency meeting with his Russian counterpart the night before, Moscow was still massing troops on Ukraine's border. Kerry was due in Brussels the next day for a NATO meeting on the situation, and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process was spiraling out of control.
Kerry's decision on how to proceed turned a routine trip abroad into a frenetic tour of high-stakes diplomacy marked by abrupt changes in plan. That's come to define his 14-month tenure as secretary of state.