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The Rundown - March 11

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

First Read
"Study Abroad with Al-Qaeda" - David Case on Theo Padnos, an American writer who pretended he was a Muslim and settled himself into Yemen’s radical mosque scene

Pakistan and Afghanistan will revive the Jirga process
# Kamila Hyat on the media environment in Pakistan
# Pakistan's spy chief will stay one for one more year
# Tom Ricks on the British experience in Pakistan

"A Franco-Russian Rapprochement...Again" - Cohen & Daniels, "Wall Street Journal"
Vladimir Sorokin on listening to Led Zeppelin in Moscow in the 70s
Russia has arrested 10 in connection with the Nevsky Express bombing
The Kremlin is set to unveil "Russia's Silicon Valley"

"Whither Iran Policy?" - Emanuele Ottolenghi, "Commentary"

Of Interest
"From Chechnya, A Cautionary Tale" - Anna Badkhen, "Boston Globe"
# "When Gorbachev Took Power" - Archie Brown, "International Herald Tribune"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
"How to Win the War of Ideas" - James Glassman, "Foreign Policy"
# "Foreign Policy" interviews Ryan Crocker
# "Foreign Policy" reports on a recent BBG statement
Al Kamen's "In the Loop"
# Embassy Row from "The Washington Times"

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