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The Rundown - January 2

RFE/RL In The Media
# RFE/RL President Steve Korn has resigned
# "The Betrayal of Russian Orphans" - Masha Gessen, "International Herald Tribune"
# "The Worse the Better" - Masha Gessen, "International Herald Tribune"
# "Fight the Militants, or Die" - Daud Khattak, "The Express Tribune"
# "Foreign Policy" links to RFE/RL reporting on Gulnara Karimova
# "Reason" links to RFE/RL reporting on Europe's shadow economy

International Press Review

# "Why Russia Won't Help on Syria" - Sam Charap, "The New York Times"
# "The End of Putinomics" - Owen Matthews, "The Daily Beast"
# Good review of defense ties between Russia and India

# Is Iran ready to deal?
# How domestic politics steer the nuclear debate inside Iran

# A look at the Taliban's bankers
# How "insider attacks" work
# Pakistan released eight Afghan Taliban prisoners
# Did U.S. Navy SEALs miss a bin Laden diary? Maybe, maybe not

RFE/RL Broadcast Region
# "Rough Year Ahead for Central Asia" - Ilan Greenberg, "National Interest"
# Steve LeVine on Chinese businesses in Asia
# Moqtada al Sadr is encouraging anti-government protests
# "How Astana Could Lead the World" - Darius Sanai, "GQ"

# Russian spy tech fuels censorship in Central Asia
# Cyber threats in 2013

Of Interest
# The Magna Carta doesn't look a day over 799
# Will a robot take your job?

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Heidi Moore on the fiscal cliff deal and what comes next
# "A New Agenda for U.S.-Russia Cooperation" - Albright & Ivanov, "The New York Times"
# "The Frivolous U.S.-Russian Relationship" - Robert W. Merry, "National Interest"
# The U.S. and Russia will cooperate on intellectual property issues