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'Zero Dark Thirty': Did Torture Really Net bin Laden?

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

"Zero Dark Thirty" is a likely shoo-in, deservedly, for Oscar nominations for best director (Kathryn Bigelow) and best screenplay (Mark Boal) and perhaps a slew of other categories.

Jessica Chastain, who plays Maya, a CIA analyst who in the film is the key player in finding Osama bin Laden, is reminiscent of Cate Blanchett in both looks and talent. The movie is beautifully filmed, and the propulsive score moves the action forward effectively.

The Conversation Israel and Palestine Needs to Have

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Alan M. Dershowitz
December 3, 2012 |

From the Gaza war and the upgrading of Palestine at the U.N. to Israel’s announcement that it will likely build new settlements, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is spiraling out of control. We as coauthors disagree on the Palestinian U.N. bid, as on other important aspects of Middle Eastern politics. But on this we profoundly agree: negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority must resume, and fast.

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Asset Building Podcast: The Young and the Entrepreneurial

December 5, 2012
Zeenat Rahman, the State Department's special adviser on Global Youth Issues and Director of the Office of Global Youth Issues, talks to Global Assets Project Director Jamie Zimmerman about the critical role the under-30 crowd is playing in the global economy, and what we can do to help them achieve their full economic potential. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.

What's at Stake at WCIT?

  • By
  • Tim Maurer,
  • New America Foundation
December 5, 2012

The latest battle over who governs the Internet is taking place in Dubai this week. As the world’s governments meet at the World Conference on International Telecommunication (WCIT), hosted by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), it is already clear that the Internet governance system is under pressure. The legitimacy of this governance system and the Internet’s future success will be affected by these debates.

Don't Feed the Trolls

  • By
  • Rebecca MacKinnon,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Ethan Zuckerman
December 3, 2012 |

In September 2012, the trailer for the film The Innocence of Muslims shot to infamy after spending the summer as a mercifully obscure video in one of YouTube’s more putrid backwaters.

You Can Have It All... Once Your Kids Are in College

  • By
  • Rosa Brooks,
  • New America Foundation
November 29, 2012 |

Anne-Marie Slaughter made a splash this summer with an article in the Atlantic called "Why Women Still Can't Have it All," chronicling her decision to leave a prestigious State Department job to spend more time with her teenage sons. This week, Slaughter published a short follow-up article on the foreign-policy impact of workplace policies that lead women to "opt out" -- and the factors that make many successful women unwilling to discuss these issues openly.

From Confusion to Kardashian: Misreading the Middle East

  • By
  • Haroon Moghul,
  • New America Foundation
December 4, 2012 |

On the one hand, anything Kim Kardashian does shouldn’t be news. On the other hand, it usually is, so why not use her celebrity to push another point? I’m writing about Kardashian’s recent tweets on Israel and from Bahrain, and what the ensuing teapot-sized tempest tell us about elites, Arabs, and the magic of social media. 

The Sidebar: The National Security Gender Gap and the Truth About Egypt

November 30, 2012
Tara Maller explains why the next CIA director should be a woman and Jonathan Guyer joins from Cairo to discuss what's really going on in Egypt. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.

Republican Obsession with Benghazi Makes No Sense

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
November 28, 2012 |

Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, a possible nominee to be the next secretary of state, came to Capitol Hill Tuesday to perform a private mea culpa to key Republican senators for her erroneous initial public statements about the perpetrators of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in September in which four Americans were killed.

It didn't work.

10 Reasons a Woman Should Head the CIA

  • By
  • Tara Maller,
  • New America Foundation
November 21, 2012 |

One of the most high-profile appointments President Obama will make in his second term is the director of the CIA. Here's a tip for the president: The time is ripe for the first woman to head the agency.

Choosing a woman isn't just about narrowing the intelligence community gender gap. It's also about drawing from the whole pool of talent to ensure the best national security apparatus and responding to Americans' apparent desire for more women in government. Here are the Top 10 reasons President Obama should name a woman as the next CIA director.

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