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The Rundown - December 29

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

President Obama's statement on Iran
# Karim Sadjadpour and Trita Parsi discuss Iran on "The Newshour"
# Abbas Milani on the weakening of the regime in Tehran
# "Slate" has a report from an anonymous journalist in Iran
# Selig Harrison on the threat of separatists in Iran
# Robert Fisk on the power of Mohammed Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi
# Saba Farzan thinks the West is not doing enough for Iranian democracy
# The "Wall Street Journal" reports on mass arrests in Iran
# "The Guardian" editorializes on continuing protests in Iran

Asif Ali Zardari on democracy as the best weapon against the Taliban
# Stephen Kinzer on foreign intervention in Afghanistan

William Browder on the death of Sergei Magnitsky
# Sergei Karaganov thinks Russia will save the West
# Kevin O'Flynn on the year that was in the Russian media
# Joshua Kucera on the Siberian independence movement
# Russia has opened a new Pacific oil operation

Of Interest
Niall Ferguson on the rise of the East in global politics
# Michael O'Hanlon on the military progress made by the West in 2009
# Michael Crowley sums up Obama's year in foreign policy
# Laura Rozen on Congress' role in the U.S. security net

-- Zach Peterson

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