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Afghanistan/Pakistan
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H.D.S. Greenway on the German Army fighting abroad
# The Pakistani Armyhas been unable to stop Taliban attacks
# Seth Cropsey on the possible breaking up of Pakistan

Iran
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The U.S. House passed an Iran sanctions bill
# Laura Rozen reports on the sanctions here and here
# Mohsen Makhmalbaf praises the Green Movement's resiliency
# Western experts are parsing a memo on Iran's nuclear program
# David Patrikarakos thinks sanctions will do little to deter the Iranian regime

Iraq
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The Iraqi government wants to relocate the MEK from Camp Ashraf

Russia
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Christian Caryl thinks Gazprom is not as strong as perceived to be
# Uffe Elleman-Jensen on Russia's use of energy as a weapon
# Fyodor Lukyanov on Western modernization in Russia

Of Interest
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Michael Bronner interviews a would-be suicide bomber
# Thomas Friedman on internet-based extremism
# Niall Ferguson on 2009's top thinkers (hint: they are all deceased)
# John Bolton on the concept of universal jurisdiction

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
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The "Washington Post" ed board on 5 Americans detained in Pakistan
# Jonathon Freedland does not think Obama is the saviour of the free world
# Embassy Row from the "Washington Times"

-- Zach Peterson

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