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The Rundown - February 17

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

Steven Lynch warns against "appeasing" the Taliban
# Shaukat Qadir on what happens when the U.S. leaves Afghanistan

"The New York Times" and "Wall Street Journal" report on the capture of Abdul Baradar
# Steve Coll weighs in on the arrest and the ongoing Marjah offensive
# The "Washington Post" praises the arrest
# The U.S. will fund more "high visibility" projects in Pakistan
# Balochistan is beefing up security on its border with Afghanistan

"The Boston Globe" ed board praises Hillary Clinton's recent statements on Iran
# Russia says that it may be willing to support sanctions against Iran
# Emile Hokayem on the complications of dealing with Iran
# The "Wall Street Journal" reports on increased international pressure on Iran
# "Der Spiegel" reports on the Revolutionary Guards

The "Washington Post" reports on sectarianism in Iraq
# General Ray Odierno accuses 2 Iraqi politicians of being tied to Iran
# "The New York Times" reports on women in Iraqi politics

Fyodor Lukyanov on NATO - Russia relations
# Yulia Latynina thinks Russian liberals lie too
# The Russian government will privatize a host of state-owned firms

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
Robert Ford has been nominated to be U.S. Ambassador to Syria
# Rami Khouri discusses Hillary Clinton's trip to the Middle East
# Les Gelb suggests some staff changes in the White House
# David Ignatius on partisanship and U.S. national security
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"

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