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The Rundown - February 22

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

Sunday Talk Show Round-up
General David Petraeus on "Meet the Press"
# Colin Powell on "Face the Nation"
# Fareed Zakaria discusses Iran with James Baker
# The political round table from "This Week"
# The analysis of Shields and Brooks

Laura Rozen on who is watching Iran at the State Department
# Fareed Zakaria thinks Iran can be deterred
# Ali Ansari thinks Iran is a "mafia state"
# Reuel Marc Gerecht & Mark Dubowitz on sanctioning Iran
# Jeremy Bernstein on how Iran became a nuclear state

"Dawn" on the arrest of former Afghan Taliban governor Mulvi Kabir
# "The New York Times" reports on the offensive in Marjah, Afghanistan
# The "Boston Globe" editorializes on recent arrests in Pakistan
# Sahar Saba on women's rights in Afghanistan
# The "FT" takes a closer look at the arrest of Mullah Baradar
# "The National" takes a slightly grim view of the arrest
# The "Wall Street Journal" editorializes on Europe's NATO commitments in Afghanistan
# Steve Coll on cooperation between the U.S. and Pakistan

Of Interest
Evgeny Morozov - "Digital Dictatorship"
#Viktor Yanukovich will travel to Moscow some time in March
# Alasdair Palmer on social acceptance of assassination
# The Dalai Lama had no issues with his "low-key" meeting with Obama

Jackson Diehl on Iraq's tenuous stability
# "The National" reports on Iraq's elections
# "The New York Times" reports on Samarra's fragile peace

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
Jimmy Carter and Zbiginiew Brzezinski respond to Walter Russell Mead
# "Terms of Engagement" - a new weekly piece from James Traub
# Thomas Friedman: "If Obama fails, we all fail"
# The "Washington Post" has hired Marc Thiessen

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