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Is Your Job Robot-Proof?

  • By
  • Parag Khanna,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Ayesha Khanna
June 8, 2012 |

Back in 2004, America’s leading humor magazine the Onion ran a story titled “American Robot’s Job Outsourced to Overseas Robot.” The lawnmower assembling 11-year old robot named QT2D-7 bitterly complained of not receiving any notice or severance. For about a decade, outsourcing has been the Democratic Party’s hatchet to attack free-trade Republicans.

And Now, Only One Senior al Qaeda Leader Left

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
June 6, 2012 |

The news that Abu Yahya al-Libi, the No.2 leader of al Qaeda, is now confirmed to have been killed in a CIA drone strike in Pakistan's tribal region along the border with Afghanistan further underlines that the terrorist group that launched the 9/11 attacks is now more or less out of business.

Under President Barack Obama, CIA drone strikes have killed 15 of the most important players in al Qaeda, according to a count maintained by the New America Foundation (a nonpartisan think tank where I am a director).

What the Hell Should We Do About Syria?

  • By
  • Randa Slim,
  • New America Foundation
May 31, 2012 |

The massacre in al-Houla, where Syrian military forces and allied militiamen massacred more than 100 civilians in cold blood, leaves no doubt about the intentions of President Bashar al-Assad's regime: survival at any cost and through any means. Assad does not have a Plan B.

Lebanon’s Dangerous Sunni-Shiite Divide Widens

  • By
  • Randa Slim,
  • New America Foundation
May 26, 2012 |

The main fault line in Lebanese politics is the division between Shiite and Sunni Muslims. Years in the making, this divide must be overcome soon or it could plunge Lebanon into another civil war.

Recent sectarian clashes in north Lebanon and Beirut are but a symptom of this growing divide. At the political-leadership level, Hezbollah’s Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and the Future Movement’s Saad Hariri — the Shiite and Sunni de facto leaders — are not on speaking terms. At the grassroots level, a wall of fear and mistrust separates Lebanon’s two largest communities.

Why Eduardo Saverin Has Company in Singapore

  • By
  • Parag Khanna,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Ayesha Khanna
May 24, 2012 |

It’s a cliché that the Pacific Ocean is displacing the Atlantic, that China will replace America at the top of the world’s hierarchy of power, and the East will surpass the West. The cliché is also wrong. The multipolar world we are entering will have no single winner, and the three-pillared West of the European Union, North America, and Latin America remains a triangular zone of peace and foundation of global stability.

G8 and NATO-athon, With Pakistan at the Table

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
May 16, 2012 |

It's the diplomatic equivalent of hosting both the World Cup and the World Series in the same country on the same weekend.

On Saturday President Obama welcomes the leaders of the world's most powerful countries to the G8 conference at his country retreat at Camp David in Maryland. And the next day he hosts some two dozen NATO heads of state in Chicago.

Finding bin Laden -- More Agatha Christie Than "24"

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
May 11, 2012 |

In a new book, a "60 Minutes" interview and other recent public statements, Jose Rodriguez, a three-decade veteran of the CIA who rose to become head of the National Clandestine Service, has stoutly defended the CIA's use of coercive interrogation techniques on al Qaeda detainees.

Rodriguez asserts, for instance, "Information obtained from senior al Qaeda terrorists, who became compliant after receiving enhanced interrogation techniques, was key to the U.S. government learning of the existence of a courier who was bin Laden's lifeline."

Would Any President Have Made the Call to Kill bin Laden?

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
May 4, 2012 |

At a campaign event Monday in New Hampshire, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney asserted that he too would have made the decision to send a U.S. Navy SEAL team to kill Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, telling reporters, "Of course, even Jimmy Carter would have given that order."

A Visit to Osama bin Laden's Lair

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
May 3, 2012 |

We climbed the stairs to the third floor, where Osama bin Laden died early in the morning of May 2, 2011. I stepped into the bedroom where he was killed and looked up at the ceiling, where you could still see the patterns of blood that had spurted from bin Laden's head when the bullet fired by a U.S. Navy SEAL tore through the terrorist leader's face.

The height of the room was low for someone as tall as bin Laden, who was 6 foot 4.

But Are They “The Good Muslims”?

  • By
  • Haroon Moghul,
  • New America Foundation
May 3, 2012 |

After their strong showing in the Egyptian elections, Salafis are a hot topic. But despite all the talk of Salafis, we still have a difficult time defining Salafism. Take Wendell Steavenson’s recent New Yorker piece, “Radicals Rising,” a portrait of Salafi politicians in Alexandria, Egypt.

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