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Event Archives: 2015

All New America events for the given year are available below. To jump to another year's archives, please use the links at right. To view upcoming events click here.

The War in Syria

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 12:15pm
With the Syrian crisis entering its fourth year, the New America Foundation’s International Security Program is taking stock of current developments in and projected scenarios for ending the crisis. Headlines about Syria have been overwhelmed with details of the battlefield and the more than 9 million people who have been affected by the fighting. The fight between President Bashar Assad’s forces and opposition groups has long been stalemated, yet recent battles suggest that Assad is winning the war. But is this really the case?

The Corporate Takeover of Marijuana

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 9:30am

The practical question is no longer whether to legalize marijuana; a solid majority of Americans now favors it, and state after state is moving in that direction. The practical question is how to legalize it without greatly expanding the incidence of problem use and use by adolescents.


The Bright Continent

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 6:00pm
Africa is a continent on the rise. Beyond bleak headlines about conflict or corruption-ridden states, there are innovative, creative entrepreneurs turning challenges into opportunities across the nations. People transcending bad aid and bad governments to build multi-million dollar industries, develop cutting edge healthcare technology and foster citizen activism.

From Nowhere to Nobels: Pathways to Success for Women in STEM

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 11:45am
Women now hold more than half of all American jobs, but they still make up less than twenty-five percent of the science, technology, engineering, and math or STEM workforce. And the numbers are even worse when it comes to the male-dominated field of computer science. Only last year a Yale study revealed that scientists at six major research institutions were more likely to favorably view a male job candidate than a woman with the same qualifications. Yet women are graduating in increasing numbers with STEM degrees, so why does this gender gap persist?

Degrees of Inequality

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 9:30am
In collaboration with The Century Foundation

Beyond Screen Time

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 1:00pm

Click here to read Lisa Guernsey's report, Envisioning a Digital Age Architecture for Early Education, which is being released today.

Transatlantic Solutions to Government Surveillance

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 12:15pm
Last year, revelations about the National Security Agency's digital surveillance created a breach of trust between the United States and close international allies. European citizens, in Germany in particular, remain concerned about the state and scope of both NSA activity as well as the online spying activity of their own governments.  

Controlling Surveillance: Export Controls as a Tool for Internet Freedom

Monday, March 24, 2014 - 1:00pm
“A retail market for surveillance tools has sprung up from ‘nearly zero’ in 2001 to about $5 billion a year”, the Wall Street Journal reported in 2011. Governments around the world increasingly rely on the private sector and commercial technologies for monitoring and surveillance, including technology made in the U.S. and Europe.

New America NYC: Why Women Aren't Welcome Online

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 6:30pm