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The Rundown - August 3

# Kamran Yousaf on negotiations with the Taliban
# Akbar Ahmed on the "America complex" in Pakistan
# "When the Yankees Go Home" - Shahid Javed Burki, "Project Syndicate"
# Shehrbano Taseer on the promise of Hina Rabbani Khar

# The government wants to disband some armed militias
# Erin Cunningham on violence in Kandahar
# The Afghan Analysts Network on the death of journalist Ahmad Omaid Khpalwak
# The curious claims of Homa Sultani

# Residents of South Ossetia and Abkhazia may vote in Duma elections
# "Trade Can Build Peace in Georgia and Abkhazia" - David Phillips, "Moscow Times"
# The story of Alexander Donskoy's entrepreneurial spirit

# "Spiegel" reports that Mossad is behind a string of assassinations in Iran

Of Interest
# Installment 2 of Joshua Kucera's dispatch series from Kazakhstan
# Phillip Longman on being included in the Norway terrorist's manifesto
# Twitter is now valued at roughly $8 billion

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "The New York Times" reports on the Global Hawk drone program
# Andrew Hacker on the 2012 Presidential elections
# Al Kamen's "In The Loop"