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The Rundown - June 23

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

First Read
# "The Runaway General" - Michael Hastings, "Rolling Stone"

General Stanley McChrystal
# Reactions: "Washington Post", "NYT", "Foreign Policy", Andrew Exum (on "NPR"), "Room for Debate"
# "Judging McChrystal's War" - Max Boot, "International Herald Tribune"

# Sam Khan looks at the parallel lives of ethnic Uzbeks and Kyrgyz
# "It's Not Too Late To Save Kyrgyzstan" - James Traub

# Said Jawad says Hamid Karzai "is not a puppet"

# General Shaukat Qadir (ret.) on Pakistan's support for the Taliban
# "From Muslim to Islamic Schools" - Muzzafar Iqbal, "News International"

# "Iran is to Blame for Sanctions" - Meir Javendafar, "The Guardian"

# "Where is Russia?" - Mark Medish, "International Herald Tribune"
# "The Wall Street Journal" on Kremlin economic advisor Arkady Dvorkovich
# Russian delegates to the Council of Europe approved a resolution critical of Russia’s North Caucasus policy
# "Going From State Capitalism to Pragmatism" - Anders Aslund, "Moscow Times"

Of Interest
# "Moqtada al-Sadr Reshapes Iraqi Politics" - Mohamad Bazzi, "The National"
# "Reviving The OSCE" - Denis MacShane, "Moscow Times"
# "The Death of Turkey's Democracy" - Dani Rodrik, "The Wall Street Journal"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"

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