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The Rundown - December 15

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

Oleg Kalugin on planning the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan
# Peter Galbraith thinks Kai Eide was fired in Afghanistan
# Pakistan has rebuffed U.S. calls for an offensive in South Waziristan

The "Times of London" reports on Iran's nuclear chief
# Stuart Levey's role in stemming Iranian funds abroad
# Alireza Nader thinks sanctions will hurt the Iranian people
# Stephen Walt ponders regime change in Iran
# Bret Stephens on Iran-Venezuela relations
# "The Guardian" editorializes on Iran
# Danielle Pletka does not think Iran can be contained

Simon Shuster on NATO-Russia relations and what they mean for Ukraine
# Alexei Pankin on Dmitry Medvedev's personality
# Medvedev praised the ideas of Andrei Sakharov

Christopher Hitchens sees oil on Iraq's route to prosperity
# There have been a series of explosions in Baghdad's Green Zone

Of Interest
Mikheil Saakashvilli on why Georgia sends troops to Afghanistan
# Traian Basescu has won the Romanian presidential election
# Tim Stevens refuses to blame the internet for extremism

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
Hillary Clinton delivered a speech on human rights
# William McGurn wants more than just words from Obama
# Hassan Abbas interviews Hillary Clinton
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"
# Embassy Row from the "Washington Times"

-- Zach Peterson

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