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The Rundown - December 14

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

Sunday Talk Shows
The analysis of Shields & Brooks
# Fareed Zakaria has Paul Krugman and Bjorn Lomborg
# "Meet the Press" discusses the U.S. economy
# George Stephanopolous interviews Larry Summers

The "New York Times" editorializes on Europe's role in Afghanistan
# Nick Horne doesn't like the idea of a high representative in Afghanistan
# Anna Nemtsova & Owen Matthews on avoiding the fate of the Soviet Union

Dana Goldstein on the role of women in Iranian opposition
# Michael Slackman on defiling pictures of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
# "The Guardian reports as well
# Josh Rogin on the State Dept. memo to the Senate on sanctions

Samantha Shields reports on Russian influence in Abkhazia
# "The Guardian" editorializes on Russia-NATO relations
# Jamison Firestone on the case of Sergei Magnitsky

The "New York Times" reports on Iraq's oil field auctions
# Russia's LUKOil acquired rights to one of the largest oil fields

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
Jackson Diehl on Obama's foreign policy
# Leslie Gelb praises Obama's Nobel speech
# Laura Rozen & Ben Smith grade Obama's national security team
# Der Spiegel interviews Paul Volcker
# Con Coughlin on U.S.-UK relations
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"
# Embassy Row from the "Washington Times"

-- Zach Peterson

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