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The Rundown - September 2

RFE/RL in the Media
# James Glassman discusses U.S. public diplomacy, mentioning RFE/RL
# Michael Crowley cites RFE/RL's Gregory Feifer on Afghanistan

On the RFE/RL Website
# A photo gallery of the Beslan school
# An interview with Romania's King Michael
# Turkey and Armenia are slowly reconciling
# Iranian music - underground no more

Int'l Press Review
Michael O'Hanlon & Bruce Reidel on public support for the Taliban
# The fallout from George Will's piece begins. Bill Kristol, Fred Kagan, Christian Brose, John Nagl, Rich Lowry, and Michael Cohen weigh in
# David Ignatius looks for a middle way on Afghanistan
# The FT editorializes on Gen. McChrystal's plan
# The Newshour on security contractors in Kabul
# The former mayor of Herat is now an active member of the Taliban

Jerry Guo on ineffective sanctions and shopping in Tehran
# The NDI profiles the new Iranian cabinet
Iran's top nuclear negotiator says the country is ready for talks

Roman Solchanyk on what Russians think of Russia's great power-ness
# The FT editorializes on Putin's view of Soviet history

Of Interest
# FP profiles Anders Fogh Rasmussen
# Laura Ling & Euna Lee detail their ordeal in North Korea

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Lionel Beehner, for USA Today, on catchphrase diplomacy
# "Embassy Row" - Washington Times

From the Blogs
Matt Yglesias wonders how different Iraq and Afghanistan really are
# Andrew Exum discusses Afghanistan on NPR
# Evgeny Morozov on US sanctions affecting Twitter and Google in Iran
# Matt Morgan on military public diplomacy

--Zach Peterson