New America in the News: 2014

New America staff and fellows appear regularly on radio and television, and are frequently quoted in media outlets of all types. A selection of that coverage is available below.

U.S. history in Mideast hampers hopes for anti-ISIS coalition

August 28, 2014
“I think the U.S. will likely use FSA fighters on the ground but I don’t think that they will be enough to do the necessary ground battle,” said Leila Hilal, a senior international security fellow and former director of the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation. “The U.S. may be then anticipating having to supplement forces with international ground troops, in which case they may turn to others for that role.”

The Obama Administration’s stealth plan to remake the workplace

August 28, 2014
Liza Mundy, director of the breadwinning and caregiving program at the New America Foundation, notes that the first piece of legislation Obama signed after taking office in 2009 was the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which expanded the ability of workers to file equal-pay lawsuits. At that time, Democrats enjoyed majorities in both houses, which they lost in 2011 when the Republicans regained control of the House. “They had some successes with actual legislation at the beginning, but now that we have a divided government, it’s more stealth measures,” says Mundy.

Westerners Join Terror Networks

August 27, 2014
Fmr. CIA analyst Tara Maller says western ISIS members "have typical normal childhoods" before "something goes wrong."

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Re-Establishing the Status Quo | CTV

August 26, 2014
The New America Foundation's Lisa Goldman says despite a "long-term" truce being reached, neither side has long-term solutions.

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China courts documentaries as it limits expression

August 26, 2014
Independent filmmaker Hao Wu was one who benefited from the push — sort of.

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Public Support for Israel Is Eroding in the U.S. | Ian Masters Background Briefing

August 26, 2014
Lisa Goldman, the director of the Israel-Palestine Initiative at the New America Foundation and the co-founder and contributing editor to 972mag.com, a progressive digital magazine based in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, discusses recent polling by Gallup that finds only one quarter of Americans under the age of thirty thought Israel’s actions in Gaza were justified.

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US Iraq strategy: The operation with no name | Deutsche Welle

August 24, 2014
Brian Fishman of the nonpartisan New America Foundation doesn't buy the idea of a limited operation. He argues that defeating IS would require a much larger force and warns against misleading "American people into a war with shifting objectives."

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‘No end in sight’: More than 191,000 have died from conflict in Syria

August 23, 2014
Douglas Ollivant, a senior national security studies fellow at the New America Foundation, joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington to discuss the situation as the United States considers its options against the Islamic State.
 
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Hit Isis Targets In Syria? Not So Fast | CNN

August 23, 2014
Peter Bergen, a CNN national security analyst who has researched terror groups for decades, said it will be difficult to defeat ISIS without ground forces.

"President Obama has been very reluctant to get involved in Syria because what does day two look like?" Bergen said. "Two of the most effective fighting forces in Syria are al Qaeda or al Qaeda splinter groups, or groups like Hezbollah, backed by Iran. So if you intervene, you may be helping Iran and Hezbollah and [Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's] regime."

U.S. Continues Airstrikes Against Islamic State | NPR

August 23, 2014
Journalist James Foley was killed this week by the Islamic State. Will airstrikes be enough to hold back the militants? CNN's Peter Bergen talks with NPR's Scott Simon.

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Two Countries, Two Vastly Different Phone Bills

August 23, 2014
“The United States lacks meaningful competition in its cellular market sector, which leads to higher cell plan prices than a growing list of other countries,” said Sascha Meinrath, founder of the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation.

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Administration feeling the pressure amid new ISIS threats | Fox News

August 22, 2014
Militants threatening to kill another American journalist.

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A CDC for the Internet could help cut down on misbehavior | Washington Post

August 22, 2014
Peter W. Singer of the New America Foundation suggests creating a kind of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for cyberspace. The idea, which has been around for a few years, would be a new organization to bridge the gap between public and private and serve as a trusted source of information, as well as a beacon for early warning. Notably, it would not be part of the military or intelligence system, like the National Security Agency, which has considerable cyberprowess but also a lot of baggage.
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Technology Can Make Lawful Surveillance Both Open and Effective | MIT Technology Review

August 18, 2014
All this secrecy—and its recent partial unraveling—has harmed our democracy and our economy [link to OTI policy paper]. But effective surveillance does not require total secrecy.

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Obama Makes The Middle East Our New 'Quagmire' | The Fiscal Times

August 18, 2014

Walter Russell Mead, the noted policy scholar, wrote a piece in Foreign Affairs two years into the Obama presidency suggesting Obama was due to stumble into “the Carter Syndrome,” meaning he was a president of too many minds to be effective.

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Barack Obama’s mixed messages | Politico

August 18, 2014
“There’s a huge difference,” said Douglas Ollivant, a senior national security fellow with the New America Foundation. “No one is concerned about the Kurds losing control of these arms on a large scale. That was a big concern with the Free Syrian Army. There’s zero concern about that with the Kurds. Any arms that are sent to the Kurds will stay with the Kurds.”

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LBJ's Great Society and War on Poverty | C-SPAN

August 17, 2014
Robert Woodson and Michael Lind talked about President Lyndon Johnson’s goal of promoting equality and ending poverty with the Civil Rights Act and the Economic Opportunity Act.

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Science Writer Explains Why You Should (or Shouldn’t) Talk to Journalists | NIH Record

August 15, 2014
Ultimately, “science is advanced in open societies with a free press,” said former Nature magazine reporter Dr. Meredith Wadman, who recently gave a keynote address at the NIAMS intramural research program’s scientific retreat. “Never underestimate the power of exposure."

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Islamic State Militants Said to Challenge Al-Qaeda for Jihadi Leadership | Bloomberg

August 15, 2014
“Since the late ’90s, al-Qaeda has been focused on prioritizing attacks against the U.S.” while the upstart Islamic State and its predecessor groups seek to control territory in the Middle East -- from Iraq into Syria and the Levant and down into Jordan, said Brian Fishman, a fellow at the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and the author of studies on al-Qaeda and global jihad.

Free wifi is coming to LA’s parks, but is that a good thing? | KPCC

August 14, 2014
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