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The Rundown - September 18

A first look at the news on RFE/RL's broadcast region

RFE/RL in the Media
Spencer Ackerman reports on RFE/RL's fall reception
# FP's Dan Drezner on Transmission's suggestions for Medvedev

On the RFE/RL Website
Iran should bring the American hikers it detained back to the U.S.
# Iran's opposition will "turn Quds Day green"

Int'l Press Review

General Petraeus says Afghanistan is "hard but doable"
# Gunnar Heinsohn on Afghan demographics
# The former head of the SAS on Taliban reconciliation

U.S. Politics/Missile Shield
David Kramer on placating Russia
# Fred Kaplan thinks it's a good idea to scrap the system
# The WSJ ed board is not impressed
# The CS Monitor calls it a "deft" move (w/podcast)
# The FT cautions against emboldening Russia

The Iranian diaspora will march next week
# Philip Stephens on diplomacy with Iran

Of Interest
Richard Gowan & Franziska Brantner on human rights at the UN
Spiegel on homophobia in the Muslim world
# Sergei Konoplyov on the Caucasus and Russian power

From the Blogs
Salome Zourabichvilli on democracy in Georgia
Ygelsias on the missile shield
# The latest from Laura Rozen