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

RFE/RL in the Media
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RNW on RFE/RL's new Abkhazia & S. Ossetia broadcasts
# Amnesty Int'l marks 3 years since the Politkovskaya murder

On the RFE/RL Website
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Afghans are preparing for tourism development
# Iran is downplaying last week's talks

Int'l Press Review

Afghanistan/Pakistan
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The Wash Post ed board sees disaster should the U.S. leave
# Michael O'Hanlon on McChrystal's public statements
# U.S. expansion in Pakistan is facing resistance
# Mark Moyar thinks Obama should send more troops
# Richard Cohen wonders if Obama has the resolve

Iran
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H.D.S. Greenway on how to engage Iran

Russia
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Vladimir Shlapentokh on anti-Americanism in Russia
# Alexei Pankin thinks Georgia lost in August...big time
# Tensions between Russia and Ukraine are increasing
# How will Dmitry Medvedev tackle Russia's drinking problem?

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
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Brett Scowcroft praises Obama's diplomatic efforts
# Alexander Golts sees U.S. - Russia relations deteriorating fast
# The APSA Task Force on America's image abroad
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"
# "Embassy Row" - the Washington Times

From the Blogs
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Matthew Yglesias on democracy promotion
# A range of opinions on Iran, from the Opinionator
# SecDef Gates on the possibility of an Al-Qaeda propaganda victory
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