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Our Allies In Iran

  • By
  • Afshin Molavi,
  • New America Foundation
November 3, 2005 |

When Iran's new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, called last week for Israel to be "wiped off the map," he raised fears not only abroad but also at home, particularly among Iran's sizeable, democratically minded middle class. The new president's confrontational tone threatens to deepen the isolation of Iran's democrats, pushing them further behind his long shadow. Western powers have a dual challenge: to find a way to engage this population even as they struggle to address the new president's inflammatory rhetoric.

Where Have All the Revolutions Gone?

  • By
  • Anatol Lieven,
  • New America Foundation
October 29, 2005 |

A pattern has established itself in Western coverage of so-called "people power" revolutions. The revolutions themselves are reported on television and on the front page of newspapers, and extensively praised and analyzed on the editorial pages. Distinguished staff correspondents fly in to cover the story. The revolution is described as part of a growing wave of democracy sweeping the region or the world. The latest examples of this treatment have been the Western responses to the "colored" revolutions in Georgia, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan.

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson on the Bush Administration's National Security Decision Making Process

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 - 12:10pm

At this New America event, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, who served as Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell from 2002-2005, outlined his views on national security, government reorganization and the Bush Administration's approach to power.

Wilkerson's newsmaking remarks offered an insightful and far-ranging account of U.S. foreign policy. Video of the event can be played at right, while and audio recording and complete transcript are available for download below. 

If You Can't Lick 'em, Try Diplomacy

  • By
  • Anatol Lieven,
  • New America Foundation
September 10, 2005 |

Since 9/11, American policy has focused far too much on changing other countries, and far too little on getting along with them. Too much talk of democracy, and not enough of diplomacy. This wouldn't matter if the United States were powerful enough to impose its will, but the war in Iraq has cruelly exposed the limits to U.S. military power, and the next phase in America's approach to global terror and national security must start by acknowledging these limits.

Terrorism, Security and America's Purpose

Tuesday, September 6, 2005 - 12:00pm

On September 6-7, 2005, just days before the fourth anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks on the United States, the New America Foundation convened a major national policy forum to examine the challenge of international terrorism and how best to confront it.

The forum brought together national and international public leaders, policymakers and scholars, security and intelligence officials, media, and citizens from diverse viewpoints to discuss a comprehensive plan of action for addressing the threat of terrorism around the world.

The Tragic Costs of Bush's Iraq Obsession

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
September 6, 2005 |

Samuel Huntington has called it the Lippmann Gap, echoing the American journalist Walter Lippmann in 1943: "Foreign policy consists in bringing into balance, with a comfortable surplus of power in reserve, the nation's commitments and the nation's power." The historian Paul Kennedy has another name for it: "Imperial overextension." Whatever you call this dangerous disease, the symptoms are clear in the US.

Privatizing Foreign Policy

  • By
  • Maria Figueroa Kupcu,
  • Michael A. Cohen,
  • New America Foundation
August 31, 2005 |

In August 2000, a motley array of democracy activists, politicians, and fringe nationalists trudged into a hotel in Budapest. The assembled figures constituted the leading members of Serbia’s political opposition movement -- a fractured and increasingly desperate group. Only weeks earlier, Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic, hoping to catch his erstwhile opposition off guard, had announced snap presidential elections. After watching his domestic opponents spend eight years repeatedly snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, Milosevic was confident.

Engage Iran, Support Pipeline

  • By
  • Rajan Menon,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Anatol Lieven
July 18, 2005 |

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is in Washington this week and, in addition to meeting with President Bush, will address a joint session of Congress -- an indicator of the dramatic change in the once-chilly relationship between India and the US.

Equally remarkable has been the upturn in the India-Pakistan relationship, which the Bush administration has helped promote.

Ethical Realism

Wednesday, July 13, 2005 - 12:00pm


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Our Ally, Our Problem

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
July 8, 2005 |

As the shock waves from yesterday's terrorist attacks in London -- which seem to be the work of jihadist militants -- reverberate across the Atlantic, a grim truth should become increasingly clear: one of the greatest terrorist threats to the United States emanates not from domestic sleeper cells or, as is popularly imagined, from the graduates of Middle Eastern madrassas, but from some of the citizens of its closest ally, Britain.

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