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The Rundown - October 27

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

RFE/RL in the Media
The Weekly Standard cites an RFE/RL commentary by R.W. Johnson
# The Georgia Times reports on RFE/RL's new broadcasts

On the RFE/RL Website
A report on the murder of Maksharip Aushev
# The EU is reviewing its South Caucasus strategy

Int'l Press Review

Andrew Exum thinks Obama has time to decide on Afghanistan
# James Shinn on the Taliban's patience
# Roger Cohen notes UK resolve and US "wavering" in Afghanistan
# Eugene Robinson says bring the troops home
# Mehdi Hasan says we won't find Al-Qaeda in Afghhanistan
# Richard Cohen reminds that the President outranks McChrystal
# Gretchen Peters on the Afghan drug trade

Vladimir Rhyzhkov on pessimism at the bottom of the system
# The Moscow Times reports on the lack of outrage after the elections
# Nikolai Petrov on the regional gubernatorial appointments

Seth Robinson on why Russia won't help with Iran
# Reza Aslan on the need for cultural exchanges between the US & Iran

The FT ed board on the political vacuum in Iraq
# Raaj Alaaldin sees Iraq's democracy as fragile
# Robert Fox on the effects of the latest Iraqi bombings

The Balkans
The NYT ed board on the Karadzic trial at The Hague
# Martin Bell see the Karadzic trial as a test for The Hague

Of Interest
Gregory Rodriguez on Romania's political situation
# Ryan Street & Arthur Brooks on economic liberty as the key to freedom

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
John Kerry thinks the McChrystal plan is over-reaching
# HDS Greenway on Hillary Clinton's leadership
# Ron Capps on the need for civilians in counter-insurgency
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"