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The Rundown - December 17

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

RFE In The Media

# Roxana Saberi cites Rad Farda reporting on the jailing of Nasrin Sotudeh
# "UPI" cites RFE reporting on investigations into former Ukrainian PM Yulia Tymoshenko

International Press Review

# "The Way Out Of Afghanistan" - Ahmed Rashid, "NY Review of Books"
# Peter Bergen on how Richard Holbrooke cannot be replaced
# The Red Cross says conditions in Afghanistan are worsening

# "How The Afghan Counterinsurgency Threatens Pakistan" - Anatol Lieven, "The Nation"
# "Review Won't Alter Pakistan's Behavior" - Daniel Markey, "Council on Foreign Relations"

# Konstantin Sonin on foreign commentators talking about Russia
# "The Third Wave Of De-Stalinization" - Masha Lipman, "Foreign Policy"
# Vladimir Putin on Khodorkovsky: "A thief should sit in jail"
# "The Menege of Xenophobia" - Vedomosti, "Moscow Times"

# Pictures of the youngest members of Iran's security forces
# Iran's new foreign minister will travel to Turkey next week
# "An Open Letter To The Islamic Republic" - Kishan Manocha, "The Wall Street Journal"

# "Kosovo And The Myth Of Liberal Intervention" - Neil Clark, "The Guardian"
# "What Richard Holbrooke Didn't Do" - Eastern Approaches, "The Economist"
# "The Perils Of Moral Fervour In The Balkans" - Geoffrey Wheatcroft, "Financial Times"

Of Interest
# "Life Under Europe's Last Dictator" - Anna Nemtsova, "Foreign Policy"
# "Has Islam Karimov Gone Soft?" - Steve LeVine, "Foreign Policy"
# Eliza Griswold travels in search of the Ark of the Covenant in Ethiopia
# "The Daily Beast" reports on the use of military contractors

U.S. Foreign/Policy
# "Will The Afghanistan War Break Obama's Presidency?" - Simon Tisdall, "The Guardian"
# "Room For Debate (NYT)" on leaving Afghanistan
# "Imperial By Design" - John Mersheimer, "National Interest"
# Al Kamen's "In The Loop"