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"Don't Blame Russia" - Peter Levelle, "The National Interest"
# "Medvedev's Losing Fight on Terrorism" - Georgy Bovt, "The Moscow Times"
# "Neither Money Nor Guns Are a Solution in Chechnya" - Alan Philps, "The National"

"Sanctions Will Make Tehran Take Notice" - Meir Javendafar, "The Guardian"
# "Is Turkey Trying to Sink or Save Iran?" - David Kenner, "Foreign Policy"

"Hamid Karzai's Unpleasant Friends" - Con Coughlin, "The Telegraph"
# "The Wall Street Journal" reports on Taliban control of Kandahar

Tribes in South Waziristan are returning home after an offensive against the Taliban
# "Al Qaeda's Ground Zero" - Paul Cruikshank, "Foreign Policy"
# President Zardari is close to losing some political power

Jon Lee Anderson profiles Iyad Allawi for "The New Yorker"
# Allawi's ties to Ba'athists may cost him the election

Of Interest
"In Azerbaijan, Voices for Democracy Strive to be Heard" - Ali Marimli, "The Washington Post"
# A women's rights group is suing Ukraine's Prime Minister
# "Serbia's Honest Apology" - Tim Judah, "The New York Times"
# Stephen Rademaker on the International Criminal Court
# "The Little Nukes That Got Away" - David Hoffman, "Foreign Policy"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
Mark Bowden profiles David Petraeus for "Vanity Fair"
# The "PBS Newshour" interviews James Jones
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop" (part 1 and part 2)

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