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The Rundown - February 3

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

"The New York Times" reports on the difficulties in raising an Afghan police force
# Michael O'Hanlon wonders if Karzai is too desperate for a deal with the Taliban
# Shamshad Ahmad on Pakistan's commitment to democracy
# Rizwan Asghar was not impressed with the London conference
# David Ignatius discusses drone strikes in Pakistan

Mir Hussein Mousavi makes his strongest remarks yet against the regime (transcript)
# Abbas Milani wonders if the Green movement has sold out
# Mehdi Karroubi does not think Ahmadinejad will last his full term
# Michael Gerson thinks the U.S. should show solidarity with Iran's Green movement
# Steven Walt assesses the punditry that is taking place on Iran
# "The National" reports on Iran's state budget

Henry Kissinger on Iraq's strategic importance

The Kaliningrad protests have worried United Russia and the Kremlin
# Nikloai Zlobin thinks Russia should take advantage of Obama's offer of better relations

Ian Bancroft on Kosovo's legal status
# Bosnian police have raided a Muslim-majority village

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
Victoria Nuland has been named U.S. Special Envoy for Conventional Armed Forces in Europe
# George Packer on Twitter as crack for media-types
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"

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