New America in the News: 2011

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.

'Unique Urgency' Facing Global Economy | Financial Post

December 31, 2011

The New America Foundation, sponsored by Silicon Valley tycoons such as Eric Schmidt and Steve Jobs' widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, recently published an important and concise prescription to fix the listing world. The Way Forward was written by two ...

Editorial: Learning the Lessons of Iraq | Metrowest Daily News

December 30, 2011

Further, while the planners of the invasion and reconstruction of Iraq considered themselves conservatives, they abandoned their conservative principles, as Peter Beinart wrote for The Daily Beast. That is, people who argue strongly against government ...

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No More Military Custody for Al-Qaeda Fighters | The Washington Post

December 29, 2011

Philip Mudd served as deputy director of the CIA's Counterterrorist Center from 2003 to 2005 and as senior intelligence adviser to the FBI from 2009 to 2010. He is senior global adviser at Oxford Analytica, a global analysis and consulting firm. ...

Author To Discuss the True Cost of Gasoline at Mill Valley Library | Marin Independent-Journal

December 29, 2011

Journalist Lisa Margonelli, director of the energy policy initiative at the New America Foundation, will discuss the environmental, economic, moral and political cost of gasoline at 7 pm Jan. 6, a First Friday event at the Mill Valley Library. ...

Stephen Elsberry: Time for a Pragmatic Approach on Iran | CT Post

December 29, 2011

That policy, as former National Security Council staffers Flynt Leverett and his wife, Hillary Mann, describe, is one where "Israeli elites want to preserve a regional balance of power strongly tilted in Israel's favor and what an Israeli general ...

Cities Drive Growth in Emerging Market | CNN

December 29, 2011

New American Foundation's Parag Khanna outlines his concept of a city state index.

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Democratic Sen. Mark Warner Defies Party To Engage GOP on a Deficit Deal | The Daily Beast

December 28, 2011

Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, calls Warner a tireless “policy wonk.” “Once he focuses on something it is all or nothing,” she says. As soon as he arrived in the Senate, Warner started cultivating ...

Why Books Are Better Than e-Books for Children | The New York Times

December 28, 2011

The answer, according to Lisa Guernsey of the New America Foundation’s Early Education Initiative, is that when we read with a child on an e-reader, we may actually impede our child’s ability to learn. Ms. Guernsey interpreted recent research on childhood literacy for Time magazine, and found that parents interact differently with children over an e-reader than over a physical book. That difference may make children slower to read and comprehend a story.

Conferences Raise Unanswered Questions About Fact Checking | Poynter

December 28, 2011

Lucas Graves, a PhD candidate at Columbia working on a thesis about fact checking, shared data at the New America event about the number of articles that are labeled as fact checks. Here's a summary by MIT's Ethan Zuckerman: How big is the fact ...

Dealing With Dictators: Is Exile Or Trial Better? | NPR

December 27, 2011

... "In the case of Syria, the ICC is an important additional tool to apply pressure on Assad," says Leila Hilal, a former Palestinian legal adviser who is now at the New America Foundation. ...

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Will Asma Al-Assad Take a Stand or Stand By Her Man? | CNN

December 25, 2011

He didn't seem to have the personality for the job; he wasn't deeply involved in military or government matters, according to "Inheriting Syria: Bashar's Trial by Fire," a biography by Flynt Leverett, who worked as an expert on Syria for the CIA in the ...

CIA Has Suspended Drone Attacks in Pakistan, U.S. Officials Say | Sacramento Bee

December 23, 2011

The New America Foundation, a think tank in Washington, estimates that the CIA drones have killed at least 1717 people, including 1424 militants. Other estimates run considerably higher. John Brennan, Obama's chief counter-terrorism adviser, ...

Paradise Mislaid: In Pop Culture, Suburbia Is All Over the Map | CNN

December 22, 2011

Today's suburbs are increasingly multicultural and, in some cases, have developed their own skyscraper-filled "edge cities," in the term popularized by journalist Joel Garreau. Accurately portraying such a complex environment is as difficult as ...

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Bombings Rock Baghdad and Kill Scores | The Washington Times

December 22, 2011

His assessment fit with that of Douglas A. Ollivant, a senior national security fellow at the New America Foundation, who said the “bombings looked like al Qaeda in Iraq; it has their classic signature.” “This is about al Qaeda demonstrating that it's ...

Trying to Carry Their Voices from Adams Morgan to Havana | DCist.com

December 21, 2011

"It's important to be clear that this isn't about helping Cuban people get connected to the Internet," says Anya Landau French, the director for the US-Cuba Policy Initiative at the New America Foundation, a public-policy think tank. ...

Global Development Podcast: Looking Back at the Big Global Issues Of 2011 | The Guardian (London)

December 21, 2011


Joining the discussion from Washington DC is Charles Kenny, the economist and author of Getting Better, an optimistic look at global development. And down the line from New Delhi, economist Jayati Ghosh provides insights from India. ...

The Media Consensus on Israel Is Collapsing | Salon

December 21, 2011

Peter Beinart, also of Newsweek/Daily Beast, inspired headlines with his critique of the “Failure of the American Jewish Establishment.” He has a forthcoming book sure to get a lot of attention called The Crisis of Zionism. Former New York Observer ...

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How SOPA's 'Circumvention' Ban Could Put a Target on Tor | CNET

December 21, 2011

Wendy Seltzer, a fellow at Yale Law School and former intellectual property litigator who is a member of the Tor Project's board of directors, says she's worried about how the DOJ would wield this language. The Tor Project develops software to preserve ...

Key Obama K-12 Programs Won Out in Budget Deal | Education Week News

December 21, 2011

... was much closer to the Senate Appropriations Committee's version of the measure, which level-funded most programs in the department, said Jennifer Cohen, a senior policy analyst at the Federal Education Budget Project at the New America Foundation, ...

Lie of the Year 2011: 'Republicans Voted To End Medicare' | PolitiFact

December 20, 2011

... conversation about fiscal reform, the last thing we need is demagoguing attacks against people who have put forward serious policy proposals," said Jason Peuquet, a policy analyst with the bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. ...

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