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The Rundown - August 17

RFE In The Media
# The "St. Petersburg Times" quotes RFE's interview with Alexandra Garmazhapova
# "The Washington Post" on Radio Liberty broadcasts in 1991
# "Eurasianet" links to Bruce Pannier's blog post on the musical stylings of the Turkmen President
# "The Lives Of Others" - James Kirchick, "Tablet"

International Press Review

# Anna Badkhen on local militias in Afghanistan
# RAND has a new report on negotiations in Afghanistan
# "Al Jazeera" reports on failures in Afghan police training

# "The Killers of Karachi" - Matthew Green, "Financial Times"
# China says it was not shown the U.S. stealth helicopter
# Kathleen MacLaughlin says China-Pakistan ties aren't really news
# Noah Shachtman doesn't think it's a big deal if the Chinese saw the wreckage

# Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is using his newspaper in his political battles
# Patrick Disney on partisanship in Tehran
# Iran priased Russian efforts to restart nuclear talks

# "Stalin Caused the Soviet Collapse" - Rutland & Pomper, "Moscow Times"
# The failed 1991 coup in pictures

# "The Forgotten War" - Babak Dehghanpisheh, "The Daily Beast"
# Shell has signed a $17 billion oil deal in Iraq
# "What to Leave Behind in Iraq" - Jacob Stokes, "RealClearWorld"

Of Interest
# "The End Of Foreign Policy" - Philip Zelikow, "Financial Times"
# 58,000 people have signed up for a Stanford class on robotics

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Jackie Kochell on the Smith-Mundt debate
# Al Kamen's "In The Loop"