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The Rundown - March 17

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

"Rafsanjani Makes His Move" - Geneive Abdo, "Foreign Policy"
# Jason Rezaian reports on the beginning of Nowrooz from Tehran
# Iran's opposition leaders are criticizing Ahmadinejad's economic policies

"Why Negotiate with the Taliban?" - F. and K. Kagan, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "Why the U.S. Must Talk to the Taliban" - Ahmed Rashid, "The Washington Post"

Shaukat Qadir on the arrests of Taliban officials in Pakistan
# "Let Pakistan Make its Own Progress" - Nadia Naviwala, "IHT"
# Kalsoom Lakhani on Taliban attacks in urban areas

"The Independent" interviews Mikhail Khordokovsky
# "The Moscow Times" interviews the chief editor of Russia Today
# "Berezovsky's Sweet Revenge" - Alexei Pankin, "The Moscow Times"
# "A Happy Defeat for the Kremlin" - Julia Ioffe, "Foreign Policy"

Of Interest
"The End of Newspapers?" - Marie Benilde, "IHT"
# "China's Rise is Real" - Gideon Rachman, "Financial Times"
# Ian Bremmer on the slow liberalization of Saudi Arabia
# Jack Shafer has issues with the back page of "The Washington Post"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
Robert Kagan on how the U.S. deals with its allies
# H.D.S. Greenway on extricating from Iraq and Afghanistan
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"

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