News & views on RFE's broadcast regionAfghanistan
# Opposition candidates are optimistic
following the weekend polls
# Joshua Foust looks at the elections
for "Foreign Policy"
# "Ahmadinejad's Offer
" - Editorial, "Dawn"Pakistan
# Christine Fair on Islamic militants and aid
# "How U.S.-Taliban Relations Can Improve
" - Muhammad Khan, "Express Tribune"Iran
# "Iran's Near Abroad
" - Haley Sweetland Edwards, "Foreign Policy"
# "Dehli's Tehran Conundrum
" - Harsh Pant, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "The Tehran Tangle In Middle East Peace
" - Hassassian & Kaufman, "The Guardian"
# "Beyond Sanctions
" - Juan Zarate, "National Review"Russia
# "How I Plan To Bust Putin's Monopoly On Power
" - Vladimir Ryzhkov, "Moscow Times"
# "Russia's Push To The West
" - Anatol Lieven, "National Interest"
# "Eastern Approaches (The Economist)" on the Ahkmed Zakayev arrest and release
# The Russian military is developing inflatable "weapons"Iraq
# "The Washington Post" reports on the children of al Qaeda fighters
# More than 600 missing antiquities were found
in a storage room in Nuri al-Maliki's office
# "Danger Room (Wired)" reports on U.S. air support in IraqOf Interest
# "Turkey: A Democratic Superpower In The Middle East
" - Reza Aslan, "Christian Science Monitor"
# "A Nobel Prize For A Chinese Dissident
" - Vaclav Havel, et al, "International Herald Tribune"
# "Hysteria Will Not Help The Roma
" - Gideon Rachman, "Financial Times"
# France is bracing for possible terrorist attacks
# The "Financial Times" reports on Gulf States' arms spendingU.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Dayo Olopade wonders if The Clinton Global Initiative is eclipsing the UN
for "The Daily Beast"