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The Rundown - September 25

A first look at the news on RFE/RL's broadcast region

RFE/RL in the Media
Thomas Barnett reposts RFE/RL's interview with Khamenei's nephew
# Hurriyet cites RFE/RL reporting on Georgian politics

On the RFE/RL Website
Security in northern Afghanistan is deteriorating
# The report on the Russia-Georgia war is set to be released
# Will Russia actually help the U.S. with Iran?

Int'l Press Review

David Brooks endorses a full COIN strategy (kind of)
# Kori Schake thinks the west needs to fully commit or leave
# Georg Diez wants more public action in Germany on the war
# Bruce Hoffman thinks the west can't leave

The Newshour on the difficulties in dealing with Tehran
# Con Coughlin thinks Obama will need more help
# The Brooklyn Bridge has been turned green

Missile Defense
Kurt Volker parses the missile defense decision
# Andrew Nagorski thinks Reagan would have canceled the missile shield
# Katherine Butler on the geopolitics of the decision

Of Interest
Lord Howell thinks the U.K. needs a foreign policy rethink
# Ehud Barak admonishes the U.N.
# Mikhail Gorbachev on controlling nukes
# Nicolaus Mills & Michael Walzer on a just withdrawl from Iraq
# Michael Gerson on the internet as a tool for extremism

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The US will triple financial aid to Pakistan
# "Embassy Row" - the Washington Times
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"

From the Blogs
Tom Ricks doesn't like a boring Petraeus
# Steve Coll on legitimacy in the Afghan army
# USAID still doesn't have a director
# What do Americans think of the UN?