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The Rundown - December 21

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

Sunday Talk Shows
The analysis of Shields and Brooks
# Fareed Zakaria discussed Islamic terrorism with Vali Nasr
# George Stephanopoulos discusses Iran with David Axelrod

Hamid Karzai is defending his cabinet picks
# "Der Spiegel" interviews Anders Fogh Rasmussen
# David Ignatius on the 2011 withdrawal deadline
# The "Boston Globe" ed board thinks the U.S. should not favor any Pakistani politicians
# Ann Marlowe on fighting a smarter war in Afghanistan

John Kerry may travel to Tehran
# Abbas Milani analyzes the death of Ayatollah Montazeri
# The UN has passed a resolution calling on Iran to respect human rights
# Roger Cohen thinks the U.S. is wise to do nothing in regards to Iran
# The U.S. sends its condolences for the death of Ayatollah Montazeri
# Iranians can't get enough Korean television

Fareed Zakaria thinks this is a watershed year for Iraq
# Al-Qaeda in Iraq is changing its tactics to remain relevant
# The Iran-Iraq standoff over an oilfield has ended

A potential France-Russia arms deal draws the ire of a few members of the U.S. Congress
# Vladimir Frolov on Medvedev's willingness to fire senior officials
# Anders Aslund on the passing of Yegor Gaidar

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
James Traub measures Obama's progress on engagement
# Fred Hiatt reviews "The Good Soldiers"
# Tom Ricks parses the drone hacking scandal
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"

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