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The Rundown - June 18

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

First Read
# "The Wall Street Journal" interviews Dmitry Medvedev

# "The New York Times" reports that the Kyrgyz government has no control in the South
# "Turmoil in Kyrgyzstan" - James Joyner. "National Interest"
# The "PBS Newshour" reports on the humanitarian crisis
# "A New Great Game in Central Asia" - Adrian Pabst, "The National"

# "Coddling Pakistan's Islamists" - Rania Abouzeid, "Foreign Policy"
# Pakistani students recount their ordeal in Osh, Kyrgyzstan

# There will be a meeting in London to discuss Afghanistan's mineral deposits
# International forces have set up an anti-corruption task force

# "Iran's Persecution of the Baha'i" - Wahied Wahdat-Hagh, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "Iran's Next Rival: Turkey" - Meir Javendafar, "The Diplomat"

# "Modernize or Maginalize" - Aslund & Kuchins, "Moscow Times"
# Elected mayors are becoming a thing of the past in Russia

Of Interest
# "West Must Offer Turkey a Proper Seat" - Philip Stevens, "Financial Times"
# "Get Shorter: An Open Letter to Twitter" - Blake Hoskin, "The New Yorker"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Sally Quinn thinks Hillary Clinton should be Vice President
# "Waiting Games in Afghanistan" - George Will, "The Washington Post"
# "Not Winning Hearts and Minds" - Henry Allen, "The Washington Post"
# Pew has released its new Global Attitudes Survey

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