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The Perils of Diplomatic Disengagement

  • By
  • Tara Maller,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Ambassador Timothy Carney
October 4, 2012 |

After the recent unrest at embassies in Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and Tunisia and the killing of U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, there may be mounting pressure in upcoming weeks or months to permanently shut down embassies or rupture diplomatic relations. Already, there have been significant diplomatic staff withdrawals from many of the embassies.

A Dangerous New World of Drones

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • Jennifer Rowland,
  • New America Foundation
October 1, 2012 |

A decade ago, the United States had a virtual monopoly on drones.

Not anymore. According to data compiled by the New America Foundation, more than 70 countries now own some type of drone, though just a small number of those nations possess armed drone aircraft.

The explosion in drone technology promises to change the way nations conduct war and threatens to begin a new arms race as governments scramble to counterbalance their adversaries.

Foreign Policy and US Elections

  • By
  • Shamila Chaudhary,
  • New America Foundation
September 30, 2012 |

CAMPAIGN season in the United States is in full swing, with the presidential election scheduled to take place within one month’s time.

Early voting in some states has already started. Washington’s policy wonks are planning their election night parties, while campaign workers gear up for the home stretch, making last-minute phone calls to voters asking for donations and reminding them to vote.

For foreign policy enthusiasts, this election has been less than thrilling. With the exception of Iran and Israel, foreign policy is not a priority in this election.

Go Army, Beat Navy

  • By
  • Douglas Ollivant,
  • New America Foundation
September 28, 2012 |

The conventional wisdom holds that the future of American conflict will be dominated by drones, SEALs, and a massive combined naval/air team in the Pacific. This scenario envisions little purpose for land power outside the limited but potent capabilities inherent in Special Operations. But there is an alternative view that believes the conventional wisdom to be utopian and unwilling to consider the most likely conflicts to occur in the future.

Shadow Wars

  • By
  • Rosa Brooks,
  • New America Foundation
September 20, 2012 |

What Happens When the Lights Go Out in Karachi?

  • By
  • Shamila Chaudhary,
  • New America Foundation
September 20, 2012 |

Since 2001, U.S. dealings with Pakistan have been guided primarily by security concerns -- and with Hina Rabbani Khar traveling to Washington for the first time as Pakistan's foreign minister this week, the buzz about Afghanistan, terrorism, and security is unlikely to abate. Indeed, the last time a Pakistani foreign minister visited Washington, Richard Holbrooke, then the special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, felt compelled to remind Americans that "We don't work with Pakistan because of Afghanistan.

Extremists and Leaders Incite Violent Protests

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • Jennifer Rowland,
  • New America Foundation
September 13, 2012 |

On November 2, 2004, Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was bicycling to work in Amsterdam when he was shot eight times at close range. He died instantly, but in a fit of rage, his assailant, Dutch-Moroccan Mohammed Bouyeri, also attempted to cut off his head with a machete.

Bouyeri killed van Gogh because of a short film he had recently produced with Somali-born Dutch politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali that criticized Islam's treatment of women.

Tragic Violence in Libya: No Excuse for Perpetrators—or for Provocateurs

  • By
  • Haroon Moghul,
  • New America Foundation
September 12, 2012 |

With the tragic killing of the American ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and several of his staff as a consequence of an attack on a US consulate in Benghazi (where the Libyan revolution, that we supported, began, I might add), and the nearly simultaneous storming of the US embassy in Cairo, maybe we’re now thinking: is it Iran all over again? Has the Arab Spring turned into an anti-American winter?

11 Years After 9/11: Who Are the Terrorists?

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • Jennifer Rowland,
  • New America Foundation
September 11, 2012 |

On August 15, Floyd Lee Corkins allegedly walked into the Family Research Council in Washington, a conservative think tank, and shot the building manager Leo Johnson in the arm, saying something along the lines of, "I don't like your politics," as he did so.

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