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Communications / The Rundown

The Rundown -- March 7

Turkey -- The US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun sets sail in the Dardanelles straits, on its way to the Black Sea, March 7, 2014
Turkey -- The US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun sets sail in the Dardanelles straits, on its way to the Black Sea, March 7, 2014
RFE/RL in the Media

CS Monitor mentions RFE/RL in its piece on Kremlin's TV channel Russia Today.
Constitution Daily (blog) quotes the RFE/RL Ron Synovitz's story titled “The Budapest Memorandum and Its Relevance to Crimea.”

Afghanistan / Pakistan

Afghan forces struggle to combat explosives threat Washington Post
Afghan army, police struggle to combat IED threat as U.S. forces prepare to leave Washington Post
NATO airstrike kills 5 Afghan soldiers Washington Post
7-Point Human Rights Agenda for Afghan Presidential Candidates Amnesty International
The Bargain from the Bazaar: A Family’s Day of Reckoning in Lahore Foreign Policy

Iran

Iran launches insurance plan to tackle high healthcare costs Financial Times
Iran's Secret Weapons Wall Street Journal
Iran’s Structural Constraints Limit Rouhani’s Domestic Agenda World Politics Review

Iraq

Bombings, clashes in Iraq kill at least 42 AP
Row as Iraq minister's son 'forces' flight turnaround BBC

Eastern Europe

Eastern Promises Foreign Policy
Ukraine’s Tiny, Impoverished Neighbor Moldova Also Worries About Moscow's Incursions ibtimes.com
#  Grybauskaitė: Russia redrawing borders, Moldova and Baltics could be next after Ukraine lithuaniatribune.com

Caucasus

Azeri Opposition Party Says Government Behind HQ Blast IWPR
Mysterious explosions and discretionary arrests: A day in the life of Azerbaijan’s opposition Amnesty International
Georgia: Does Ukraine Crisis Improve Euro-Atlantic Integration Odds? Eurasia View
# MIKHEIL SAAKASHVILI When Putin invaded my country Washington Post

Central Asia

Kashagan fails to live up to promise (Kazakhstan) Financial Times
Kyrgyzstan Sees Homophobic Backlash after Report on Gay Abuse Eurasia View
#  ANALYSIS - Will Kazakhstan be Next in Putin’s Reintegration Project? Carnegie Endowment 3/6/14
#  ANALYSIS - Asia Shares a WWII Hangover with Ukraine Asia Sentinel 3/6/14

Russia

Obama bets on Putin’s unlikely reversal on Ukraine Washington Post
Putin ally accuses U.S. of trying to ‘destroy’ Russia Financial Times
Sochi Paralympics: Russia ready for biggest ever Winter Games BBC
Rouble trouble: Why fear of recession might be driving Putin's policies BBC
Russia wants IMF to move ahead on reforms without U.S. Reuters
10 Lies? Russians Fire Back New York Times
Russia Experts See Thinning Ranks’ Effect on U.S. Policy New York Times
Violent attack on former Pussy Riot members must not be tolerated Amnesty International
#  MICHAEL GERSON As the U.S. retreats, what will fill the vacuum? Washington Post
#  PHILIP STEPHENS Reset the reset – visa bans will not deter Putin Financial Times
#  FRED HIATT Will the West let Putin off the hook? Financial Times
# JOHN BOEHNER Counter Putin by Liberating U.S. Natural Gas Wall Street Journal
#  FACTBOX - EU options to apply pressure on Russia over Ukraine Reuters
#  ANALYSIS - U.S. Options Are Limited for Sanctions on Russia Stratfor
#  MAP - Territorial changes in Russia over the centuries RIA Novosti

Ukraine

Crimea Approves a Secession Vote as Tensions Rise New York Times
Obama bets on Putin’s unlikely reversal on Ukraine Washington Post
Netherlands Flags Possible Ukraine Asset Withdrawal Wall Street Journal
Ukraine's revolution and the far right BBC
Crimean authorities take two more broadcasters off air CPJ
#  ROGER COHEN Ukraine Fights for Its Truth New York Times
#  ANALYSIS - The Ukraine blame-game Economist
#  ANALYSIS - Ukraine’s Unintended Consequences Project Syndicate
#  ANALYSIS - U.S. Options Are Limited for Sanctions on Russia Stratfor
#  ANALYSIS - China’s Soft “Nyet” to Russia’s Ukraine Intervention CFR
#  ANALYSIS - Ukraine’s Lessons for Asia CFR
#  ANALYSIS & MAPS - Crimea: A region divided Financial Times
#  FACTBOX - What is Crimea and why does it matter? Reuters
#  MAPS - Ukrainian crisis: Situation maps Washington Post
#  POLL - Democracy Important to Most Ukrainians Gallup

Of Interest

#  RANKING - World's Top 100 universities 2014 Times Higher Education
The World's Most Reputable Universities In 2014 Forbes 3/6/14
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