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The Rundown - January 22

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

Mehdi Khalaji on the Iranian regime's governing style
# John Hughes on how the U.S. can approach Iran
# A German firm signs a $1.4 billion deal with the National Iranian Gas Co.
# Con Coughlin on Iran and stability in the Gulf region

"The New York Times" editorializes on Iraq's political crisis
# Most of the candidates barred from the Iraqi elections are from secular parties
# U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Iraq
# "The Guardian" reports on the Chilcot Inquiry

Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar says he may negotiate with Hamid Karzai's government
# "The National" reports on Robert Gates' trip to Pakistan
# The U.S. has delayed a plan to engage with local militias in Afghanistan
# Ahmed Rashid reviews "My Life With The Taliban"
# The U.S. military offered Pakistan's armed forces the use of drone aircraft

Nikolai Petrov on the naming of Alexander Khloponin as envoy to the North Caucasus
# Ramzan Kadyrov has plans for a ski resort in Chechnya - after "rebels are destroyed"
# Gazprom plans to double gas purchases from Azerbaijan in 2011

Of Interest
Robert Mahoney discusses the dangers to journalists around the world

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
Full text of Hillary Clinton's speech on internet freedom
# The "Wall Street Journal" editorializes on the speech
# Evgeny Morozov weighs in as well
# Doris Kearns Goodwin on Obama's first year as U.S. President
# Josh Rogin reports on a new House of Representatives Global Engagement caucus
# Phillip Stevens on U.S. foreign policy and Europe
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"

-- Zach Peterson

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