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The Rundown - January 21

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

"The New York Times" reports on how the Taliban is trying to change its image
# Rafia Zakaria on suicide bombings in Pakistan
# Ashraf Ghani thinks Afghanistan needs a "virtual surge"
# Karl Inderfurth and Chinmaya Gharekhan think Afghanistan needs a diplomatic surge
# Robert Gates urges Pakistan to tackle home-grown terror
# The U.S. government drops the term "Af-Pak"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
David Miliband will testify before the U.S. Senate today
# Fred Kaplan wonders if Obama will become a foreign policy president
# "ABC News" has an exclusive interview with President Obama
# Steve Coll on the shifting threat from al-Qaeda
# Kate Allen is disappointed with Obama on human rights
# Stephen Hess looks ahead to Obama's second year
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"
# Josh Rogin reports on foreign aid turf wars in Washington

RFE/RL Broadcast Region
# James Glassman on a soft power solution for Iran
# A plane of illicit weapons from North Korea has been tied to a Kazakh firm
# Vladimir Ryzhkov on corruption in Russia
# William Courtney on Kazakhstan's chairmanship of the OSCE
# Alastair Campbell on strategic communications lessons from the Iraq War

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Written by RFE/RL editors and correspondents, Transmission serves up news, comment, and the odd silly dictator story. While our primary concern is with foreign policy, Transmission is also a place for the ideas -- some serious, some irreverent -- that bubble up from our bureaus. The name recognizes RFE/RL's role as a surrogate broadcaster to places without free media. You can write us at

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