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The Rundown - December 16

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

RFE In The Media

# Aslan Doukaev discusses the 1994 Russian siege of Grozny on the "BBC"
# "UPI" cites RFE reporting on the trial of Kurmanbek Bakiyev's nephew

International Press Review

# "5 Ways To Win The War In Afghanistan" - Andrew Exum, "Foreign Policy"
# "The Washington Post" reports on the planned U.S. troop drawdown in Afghanistan
# "It's Time For Afghans To Leave Afghanistan" - Cy Kofant, "World Affairs Journal"
# "Could There Be A Tet Offensive In Afghanistan?" - George Will, "The Washington Post"

# Pakistan was the deadliest country for journalists in 2010
# "Obama And The Pakistan Dilemma" - Matthew Kaminiski, "The Wall Street Journal"
# Asra Nomani discusses the blasphemy case of Aasia Bibi
# The CIA Station Chief in Islamabad has been publicly identified

# "The Diplomat" interviews Michael Rubin about Iran sanctions
# "AFP" reports on the Jundullah terrorist group

# Julia Ioffe on the Khodorkovsky trial for "Foreign Policy"
# "Global Voices" looks at Dmitry Medvedev's first six months on Twitter
# Alina Kabaeva will rpeortedly be the January cover girl for the Russian "Vogue"

Of Interest
# "Lukashenko's Certain Victory" - David Stern, "Global Post"
# "Einstein's God" - Michael Shermer, "Big Questions"
# "NBC" will launch a new show called "The Voice of America"
# VIDEO: "Burka Woman" by Saad Haroon

# An Australian businessman has launched Tradeleaks, a corporate version of Wikileaks
# Amy Davidson on Wikileaks cables from Tashkent
# U.S. prosecutors are trying to build a conspiracy case against Wikileaks

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy

# Peter Bergen reviews "Obama's Wars" by Bob Woodward
# "The Taliban On Richard Holbrooke" - Moreau, Yousafzai & Dickey, "The Daily Beast"