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The Rundown - June 25

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region


# "It's Time to Rethink the West's Afghan Strategy" - Ahmed Rashid
# "The New York Times" on Pakistan's influence in Afghanistan
# Daniel Serwer on what a negotiated peace would look like

# "A Relationship Undefined" - Cyril Almeida, "Dawn"
# "Pakistan's Narrow Foreign Policy" - Ibrahim Sajid Malick, "Express Tribune"

New Command in Afghanistan
# The "PBS Newshour" on General David Petraeus' new job in Afghanistan
# "Foreign Policy" interviews Peter Mansoor, General Petraeus's former executive officer
# "Petraeus's Opportunity" - Mark Moyar, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "MacArthur was offline, McChrystal Wasn't" - Hendrick Hertzberg

"Does Russia Have the Courage to Change?" - Lawrence Harrison, "Christian Science Monitor"
# "Medvedev's New Dawn is a Distant Prospect" - Simon Tisdall, "The Guardian"
# "Medvedev Should Look at China's Silicon Valley" - Harley Balzar, "Moscow Times"
# The FSB may get expanded powers

# The Kyrgyz government asked the OSCE for help policing
# Dmitry Sidorov thinks Obama needs to make progress on Kyrgyzstan

# "The Realism of Seeking Democracy in Iran" - Leon Wieseltier, "The Washington Post"
# The U.S. Congress approved new sanctions against Iran

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Can the 'Team of Rivals' Survive?" - Reihan Salam, "Daily Beast"
# Josh Rogin on Senator Jim DeMint's knowledge of Russia
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"

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