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Communications / The Rundown

The Rundown - September 12

Iran
# The U.S. and Israel are having a public conflict over Iran
# Daniel Byman warns of a "coming Iranian terror wave"
# "NAM in Tehran" - Jaswant Singh, "Project Syndicate"

Russia
# "Gazprom vs. the Commission" - Alan Riley, "The Wall St. Journal"
# The Kremlin has stepped in to the Gazprom-EU fray
# "Russia's Pivot to Asia?" - Ariel Cohen, "National Interest"
# "Putin's Bridge to Nowhere" - Yulia Latynina, "Moscow Times"

Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Alex Strick van Linschoten and Felix Kuehn say blacklisting the Haqqani Network is counter-productive
# The UN says the Taliban raked in $400 million from "diverse sources"
# Afghan and U.S. authorities are at odds over the new (nominated) Afghan spy chief
# The service extension given to General Kayani is being questioned

Iraq
# Iraq is moving away from Iran
# How the war in Syria is fueling sectarian tensions in Iraq

Of Interest
# "The Rise and Fall (and Rise?) of al-Qaeda" - Hassan Mneimneh, "Real Clear World"
# "Are Hackers Heroes?" - Sue Halpern, "NY Review of Books"
# A Daghestani man claiming to be 122 years old has died

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# U.S. diplomatic posts were stormed in Libya and Egypt
# U.S. Embassy Cairo's deleted tweets
# "Obama's Way" - Michael Lewis, "Vanity Fair" (beware the quote rule)
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