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The Rundown - September 21

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

# Opposition candidates are optimistic following the weekend polls
# Joshua Foust looks at the elections for "Foreign Policy"
# "Ahmadinejad's Offer" - Editorial, "Dawn"

# Christine Fair on Islamic militants and aid in Pakistan
# "How U.S.-Taliban Relations Can Improve" - Muhammad Khan, "Express Tribune"

# "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"

# "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 in Poland
# The Russian military is developing inflatable "weapons"

# "The Washington Post" reports on the children of al Qaeda fighters in Iraq
# 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 Iraq

Of 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 spending

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Dayo Olopade wonders if The Clinton Global Initiative is eclipsing the UN for "The Daily Beast"

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