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The Rundown - December 13

RFE/RL In The Media
# "U.S. Public Diplomacy And Iran" - Trevor Thrall, "National Interest"
# "The American Prospect" links to RFE/RL coverage of Russia
# "UPI" quotes RFE/RL's interview with Zalmay Khalilzad

International Press Review

# "The Civil Archipelago" - David Remnick, "The New Yorker"
# Mikhail Prokhorov says he will run against Vladimir Putin (is he for real?)
# Mobile internet service was spotty during the weekend's protests
# Ian Bremmer thinks a Russian Spring is still a ways off
# "Fighting the 'Mafia State'" - Alexei Bayer, "Moscow Times"
# "Spiegel" reports on technology and protests in Russia

# The U.S. has asked Iran to return a downed drone
# Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had a shoe hurled at him

# "Afghanistan: A New Sectarian War?" - Ahmed Rashid, "NY Review of Books"
# The U.S. Congress will freeze $700 million in aid to Pakistan
# "Change Afghanistan Can Believe In" - Charles Kenny, "Foreign Policy"

# "The Washington Post" editorializes on post-war Iraq
# Nuri al Maliki is "consolidating power" as the U.S. exits

Of Interest
# Hoes does social media affect your health?
# We are witnessing the twilight of privacy

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Norman Eisen's ambassadorial nomination has cleared the Senate
# The gloves are coming off at the top of the GOP presidential race
# The "60 Minutes" interview with President Obama was not exactly hard-hitting