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The Rundown - March 24

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

The Taliban says it is not involved in peace talks
# Hezb-i-Islami presented a 15-point peace plan to the Afghan government
# Thomas Ruttig looks at the life of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar
# "Newsweek" reports on deficiencies in the Afghan National Army
# Jessica Stone on Afghan police killing coalition troops

"Should Pakistan Get a Nuke Deal?" - Christine Fair, "Foreign Policy"
# "The Pakistan Complex" - Editorial, "The Washington Post"
# "Pakistan's War of Choice" - Michael O'Hanlon, "The New York Times"
# "Prosecuting Taliban War Criminals" - Rondeaux & Grono, "IHT"

Yulia Latynina thinks Putin does not fear a free internet
# Lyudmila Alexseyeva appeals to the EU for protection for rights activists
# Esther Dyson on being part of the innovation delegation to Russia

Of Interest
"Remembering Misha" - Max Singer, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "Don't Put Iraq in the Rear View Mirror" - Jawad Al-Bolani, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "The Washington Post" reports on growing discontent in North Korea
# Jeremy Bernstein on nuclear tests in the 1950s

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
"Caution Lights for the Military's Information War" - David Ignatius
# Vladimir Kara-Murza discusses John McCain's view on Russia's democracy

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