(CNN) – John Kerry's first international trip as secretary of state is right out of diplomatic "central casting" – at least the first half, designed to avoid diplomatic pitfalls. But that may end up being impossible.
The 11-day, nine-country sojourn – to England, Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar – begins with a warm embrace for America's traditional European allies.
This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Jill Dougherty explains the challenges Sec. Kerry faces on his first trip.