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The Rundown -- May 15


RFE/RL in the Press

# "Daily Times" reviews Abubakar Siddique's book, "The Pashtun Question"
# Digital Journal cites RFE/RL reporting on Dmitry Rogozin
Russia
# Lavrov says Russia could do business with elected Ukrainian president; Medvedev says gas prices can be renegotiated
# Diplomatic cable from 2008 says Russia warned Ukraine could be split in two if it pursued NATO membership
# U.S. concerned about sale of French ships to Russia
Ukraine
# Interim leaders struggle to maintain support ahead of elections
# Why did a Ukrainian energy firm hire Joe Biden's son?
# What Ukraine would look like without its southeast
# "The Unraveling of Ukraine" - Eugene Rumer and Andrew Weiss, Politico
# "Sorry America, Ukraine Isn't All About You" - Mark Ames, PandoDaily
Eastern Europe
# NATO will boost aid to Moldovan army
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghanistan delays vote result until Thursday
# Priorities for the next president
# Watchdog says U.S. reconstruction push overwhelming Kabul's finances
# Pakistan reduces Afghan immigration
Iran
# Iran looks to "smart filtering" of the Internet
# "No, Sanctions Didn't Force Iran to Make a Deal" - Trita Parsi, Foreign Pollicy
# "America Should Not Soften Its Nuclear Demands on Iran" - Michael Singh, "Washington Post"
# West fears Iran supplying chlorine bombs to Syria
Caucasus
Central Asia
# Kazakh deputy FM says country will not allow expansion of foreign companies in energy sector
# NATO to open office in Tashkent
# "Putin's Plans for Regional Integration Go Boom" - Nate Schenkkan, "Foreign Affairs"
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