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Communications / The Rundown

The Rundown - December 4

RFE/RL In The Media
# Read RFE/RL in "The Atlantic" on AIDS in the former USSR

International Press Review

Iran
# "Ten Reasons Iran Doesn't Want the Bomb" - Seyed Hossein Mousavian, "National Interest"

Russia
# "A Cossack Mafia in the Making" - Alexander Golts, "Moscow Times"
# Boris Berezovsky can no longer pay the legal bills for Alexander Litvinenko's widow
# Russia's embassy in London hits back (kind of) at "The Guardian"

Afghanistan/Pakistan
# The U.S. is pushing to start peace talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan
# AQ Khan has bowed out of the 2013 elections in Pakistan
# Iran and Pakistan are discussing closer military ties
# Violence against Shias in Pakistan continues apace

Syria
# NATO will send batteries of Patriot missiles to Turkey
# Syria is moving its chemical weapons stocks
# Pressure is mounting on the Assad government

Internet Governance
# A lot on the table in Dubai
# There is cause for concern
# Don't be an alarmist

Of Interest
# "Stop Talking About Civil Society" - Sarah Kendzior, "Foreign Policy"
# "Nation Building Fails in the Balkans" - Gordon Bardos, "National Interest"
# The Mars rover found organic compounds, not life (yet)
# Nuclear-powered ice breakers are where it's at

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# How the U.S. and Iran communicate
# Barack Obama calls for restarting the Nunn-Lugar program
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