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Afghanistan/Pakistan
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The EU will name a new civilian envoy to Afghanistan soon
# Rahimullah Yusufzai is not optimistic on Taliban negotiations
# Hamida Ghafour thinks Afghanistan's youth are the key to peace
# Una Moore points out the lack of women at the London Afghanistan conference
# Pakistan's Army chief tells foreign journalists that Pakistan wants a stable Afghanistan
# H.D.S. Greenway on the tenuous prospects for peace with the Taliban
# "The New York Times" reports on the Taliban's tactics
# Bruce Reidel on why Mehsud's death would not be such a big deal

Iran
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Bret Stephens has 7 myths about Iran
# Iran has released Mehdi Khalaji from prison
# Mary Dejevsky does not want to see a military strike on Iran
# Heather Hurlburt discusses the multi-faceted threat from Iran
# The "Christian Science Monitor" editorializes on U.S. diplomacy with Iran

Russia
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Julia Ioffe on the appointment of a pop singer to the Duma
# Irina Yasina on the looming economic disaster facing Russia
# "The Moscow Times" reports on the continuing drama in Rechnik

Iraq
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"The New York Times" on the return of salons to Iraq

Of Interest
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Larry Diamond thinks it's oil, not Islam, that precludes democracy from the Arab world
# Carl Bildt and Radek Sikorski on U.S. nukes in Europe
# "Foreign Policy" hands out the Oscars for international politics

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