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Afghanistan
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Spiegel interviews Richard Holbrooke
# The Newshour has a roundtable analysis
# Obama pledges to "finish the job" in Afghanistan
# The UK Defense Secretary publicly criticizes Obama
# David Ignatius on negotiating with the Taliban
# Joel Achenbach analyzes the decision process
# Paul Staniland on the bloodiness of counterinsurgency

Pakistan
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Ahmed Rashid on bridging the India-Pakistan gap
# Jeremy Scahill on Blackwater (Xe) in Pakistan

Russia
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Yulia Latynina on the death of Sergei Magnitsky...
# ...As Medvedev orders a probe into the killing
# The "CS Monitor" ed board on Putin-Medvedev messaging

Iran
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Jamsheed Choksy on Tehran's nuclear delays
# Michael Crowley wonders if Russia is getting serious on Iran
# An American family sends a YouTube message to Iran

Iraq
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How soccer informs politics in Iraq
# Ranj Alaadin on Iraq's shaky politics
# The Guardian reports from the UK inquiry

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
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Peter Galbraith was handled with soft gloves in Congress
# The new head of the ABA and repressive regimes
# Matt Yglesias calls for a war tax
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"
# Embassy Row - the "Washington Times"
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