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The Rundown - December 3

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

RFE/RL in the Media
The "At War" blog of the "NY Times" cites Radio Free Iraq reporting on Obama's speech
# Reuters profiles Doku Umarov, citing RFE/RL reporting and interviews

Int'l Press Review

George Will doesn't see Afghanistan ending well
# Robert Kagan gives Obama credit for his decision
# Andrew Bacevich calls the decision a "folly"
# Karl Rove thinks Obama can succeed in Afghanistan
# Claire Lockhart thinks Obama's plan offers hope
# Nicholas Kristof is skeptical of an escalation in Afghanistan
# Eliot Cohen on Obama as a war president

Timothy Garton Ash thinks the U.K. should lead on Pakistan
# Ahmed Rashid on the missing Pakistan strategy
# Pakistani diplomats are alarmed at the new U.S. strategy in Afghanistan
# Brian Katulis thinks Obama's speech forgot Pakistan

Saeed Laylaz has been sentenced to 9 years in prison

Anders Aslund doesn't think Russia belongs in the BRIC
# Yevgeny Bazhanov on a smarter policy in the Caucasus for Russia
# Doku Umarov has claimed responsibility for the Nevsky train bombing

Myriam Benraad on Al-Qaeda's persistence in Iraq

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
The Newshour interviews Robert Gates
# Ben Gilbert on troop reactions to Obama's Afghanistan strategy
# Foreign Policy interviews Bill Clinton
# Embassy Row - The "Washington Times"
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"