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The Rundown - January 26

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

The "Times of London" interviews General David Petraeus
# The "Financial Times" interviews General Stanley McChrystal
# "The New York Times" reports on Karl Eikenberry's reservations
# "Dawn" reports on James Jones' latest speech
# Les Gelb on U.S. military leaders' publicity push
# Ahmed Rashid thinks it's time to talk to the Taliban
# The UK's Ambassador to the U.S. previews the London Afghanistan conference

"Foreign Policy" reports that Russia disapproves of removing Taliban from terrorist list
# Russia's Ambassador to Ukraine has arrived in Kiev
# Daid Firestein on the pending failure of the "reset" with Russia
# Nikolai Petrov ponders a new perestroika
# Vladimir Rhyzkov on the Putin-Medvedev government

"Spiegel" reports on Iran's nuclear program

Of Interest
James Kirchick on Dennis Blair trying to rescue U.S. intelligence
# "The New York Times" reports on U.S. cybersecurity
# Experts debate the meaningfulness of the Davos convention
# Bob Herbert thinks Obama has a credibility gap

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