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The Rundown - August 13

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# "Helping Pakistan Despite Its Government" - Imtiaz Gul, "Foreign Policy"
# The U.S. has stopped pressing Pakistan to pursue the Haqqani network
# Asif Ali Zardari is visiting the flooded areas

# "The New York Times" reports on the struggles of the Afghan National Army
# "Hamid Karzai & America's Vietnam Mistake" - Carpenter & Innocent, "LA Times"
# "The State of the War" - Editorial, "International Herald Tribune"

# "Russia's Fiery Summer" - William Dobson, "The Washington Post"
# "Georgia & The Limits of Russian Power" - Melik Kalyan, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "Putin, Medvedev Ignore Kursk Date" - Alexey Eremenko, "Moscow Times"

# "The Endgame in Iraq" - Ellen Knickermeyer, "The Daily Beast"
# "The New York Times" reports on Amb. Christopher Hill's exit from Iraq

# "Sanctions: A Gift to the Regime" - Saeed Kamali Dehghan, "The Guardian"
# Iran is rolling back some stoning sentences

# The Pentagon reacts to Wikileaks' plan to publish 15,000 additional documents
# "How Wikileaks Could Use its Power for Good" - Charli Carpenter, "Foreign Policy"
# The U.S. is pressing its allies to crack down on Wikileaks

Of Interest
# "Central Asia's New Silk Roads" - Parag Khanna, "International Herald Tribune"
# Turkey may have used chemical weapons against the PKK
# "Disaster Politics" - Alastair Smith & Alejandro Quiroz Flores, "Foreign Affairs"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Senator John Kerry will visit Pakistan next week
# "Awlaki vs. Predator" - David Rivkin & Lee Casey, "The Wall Street Journal"
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"

From the Blogs
# Todd Gitlin (TNR) discusses the "Ground Zero Mosque"
# "World Politics Review" on Syria's arresting of 400 PKK members

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