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The Rundown - March 5

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

"Can Iraq's Democracy Survive This Test?" - Ayad Allawi, "Times of London"
# "America and the Future for Iraq" - Ahmad Chalabi, "Wall Street Journal"
# "Foreign Policy" follows the Iraqi elections
# Jane Arraf reports from Sadr City, Baghdad
# "Iraq's Elections Leave a Sliver of Hope" - David Gardner, "Financial Times"
# "Iraq's Elected Criminals" - Ali Al-Saffar, "Foreign Policy"
# "An Opportunity For Iraq" - Alan Philips, "The National"

"Iran in its Intricacy" - Roger Cohen, "The New York Times"
# "Talking to Iran has Helped the U.S." - Katulis & Charap, "The Guardian"

The "Financial Times" interviews Richard Holbrooke
# "Is North Waziristan Next?" - Imtiaz Gul, "Foreign Policy"
# "The New Face of the Pakistani Army" - Mustafa Qadri, "The Guardian"
# "Encouraging Signs in Afghanistan" - Iain Martin, "Wall Street Journal"
# Kuldip Nayar on India-Pakistan relations

Michale Bohm on Russia's global influence, for the "Moscow Times"
# The Kremlin will remain firm on gas prices to Ukraine

Of Interest
Turkey has recalled its ambassador from Washington
# An interview with Osama bin Laden's former bodyguard
# "Gogol Haunts the New Ukraine" - Timothy Snyder, "New York Review of Books"
# Ilham Aliyev's son owns some lucrative properties

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy

# "On Foreign Policy, Room for Agreement" - Robert Kagan, "Washington Post"
# The National Intelligence Estimate on Iran will be delayed
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"

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