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.

Freedom Act Leaves IT Sector at Risk for Spy Program Costs | E-Commerce Times

August 14, 2014
"We are looking at billions of dollars of potential losses for U.S. companies as individuals, businesses, and foreign governments turn away from American companies because of concerns about NSA's surveillance programs," Danielle Kehl, a policy analyst at the Open Technology Institute (OTI), told the E-Commerce Times.

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The Most Influential of 2014: Edward Snowden | CRN

August 12, 2014
"Our findings indicate that the actions of the National Security Agency have already begun and will continue to cause significant damage to the interests of the United States and the global Internet community," said Danielle Kehl, a policy analyst at the Open Technology Institute and the primary author of the report. "American companies have reported declining sales overseas and lost business, especially as foreign companies turn protection from NSA spying into a competitive advantage."

Costs of the NSA | Federal News Radio

August 12, 2014
It's been more than a year since Edward Snowden first leaked news of the National Security Agency's collecting metadata on Americans. While the jury is still out on whether Snowden is hero or villain, one thing is clear: The episode has changed how Americans see the NSA and the technology companies that help it gather information. A new report from the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation aims to tally the costs to both federal agencies and contractors. Policy Analyst Danielle Kehl joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details.

Iraq in Crisis: Is a Coup d'État Inevitable? | Bloomberg

August 11, 2014
New America Foundation's Tara Maller, Col. Cedric Leighton, former member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Bloomberg's Phil Mattingly discuss the deepening political crisis in Iraq with Trish Regan on "Street Smart."

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Cities Are Fighting States over Municipal Broadband | Governing

August 11, 2014
Communities don’t raise and spend the large sums of money it takes to jump into the broadband business unless they are unserved or underserved by private providers, or are unable to partner with private firms, said Patrick Lucey, a policy program associate at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute.

“This is critical infrastructure for these communities,” he said, “and it’s important for communities to have the local choice to do it.”

Permanent Campaigner | Financial Times

August 11, 2014
“That’s the core conflict within the centre left of the Democratic party, but it is hard to say exactly how it is fixed,” says Mark Schmitt, of the New America Foundation.

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Political unrest, airstrikes rock Iraq | SCPR

August 11, 2014
Douglas Ollivant, senior National Security Fellow at the New America Foundation, talked to Take Two on Monday about the situations brewing in Iraq.

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U.S. Actions in Iraq Fueled Rise of a Rebel | New York Times

August 10, 2014

“He has credibility because he runs half of Iraq and half of Syria,” said Brian Fishman, a counterterrorism researcher at the New America Foundation.

Mr. Fishman called the text, “Che Guevara warmed over for jihadis.” 

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Beyond Iraq, what’s next for the Islamic State? | PBS NewsHour

August 10, 2014
As members of the Islamic State continue to brutally terrorize civilians in Iraq, experts are focusing on what's to come. Senior and National Securities Studies Fellow at the New America Foundation Douglas Ollivant joins Hari Sreenivasan.

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Why Obama wants to use air power against the Islamic State | PBS NewsHour

August 9, 2014
In order to protect Americans and provide humanitarian aid to Iraq, President Obama on Saturday discussed efforts to slow advances by Islamic jihadists in northern Iraq and rescue thousands of civilians who have fled from them. Douglas Ollivant, a senior national security fellow at the New America Foundation, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the details.

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Discipline, tactics key to ISIS' power | CNN

August 8, 2014
CNN's Brian Todd and New America's Douglas Ollivant explain how ISIS is able to gain power throughout the Middle East region.

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Obama: Iraq action will be limited | USA Today

August 8, 2014
"We could be in this game for a long time," said Douglas Ollivant, a senior fellow with the New America Foundation and director for Iraq at the National Security Council during the Obama and George W. Bush administrations.

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SketchFactor app for unsafe areas in racism row | BBC

August 8, 2014
"Technology is only as good as the people who form part of its developer and user community," Seeta Peña Gangadharan, a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, told the BBC.

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Why Obama Will Bomb Syria | Politico

August 8, 2014
As the terrorism analysts Doug Ollivant and Brian Fishman have noted, ISIL “holds territory, provides limited services, dispenses a form of justice (loosely defined), most definitely has an army, and flies its own flag.”

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WiFi to the Rescue? | The Wave

August 8, 2014
For Josh Breitbart of the OTI, the success of the mesh network is really up to the community. He says it builds on neighbor-to-neighbor connections and can only place a wireless connection on top of already-existing social connections.

“If you put this in a place where people don’t already have this community then the technology doesn’t work,” says Breitbart. “But my sense is that Rockaway is very mobilized and it is reminiscent of the experience in Red Hook.”

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria | Council on Foreign Relations

August 8, 2014
"For al-Qaeda, attaching its name to Zarqawi's activities enabled it to maintain relevance even as its core forces were destroyed [in Afghanistan] or on the run," wrote Brian Fishman, a counterterrorism fellow at the New America Foundation.

At odds with al-Qaeda's aims, ISIS has since expanded its territorial control, establishing a "de facto state in the borderlands of Syria and Iraq" that exhibits some of the traditional markers of sovereignty, note Douglas A. Ollivant and Fishman.

Alibaba's IPO May Herald the End of U.S. E-Commerce Dominance

August 7, 2014
“One of the top values that employees are asked to follow is to embrace change,” says documentary filmmaker Hao Wu, who worked at the company in 2007 and 2008. “Everyone is supposed to just focus on the new direction and execute.”

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Will U.S. Troops Stand By While ISIS Starves Thousands? | Daily Beast

August 7, 2014
The situation is dire, but legal constraints may limit U.S. options for direct assistance to the Kurds, said Douglas Ollivant, a former U.S. Army officer who advised Gen. David Petraeus and served in the National Security Council under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

“There might not be a legal way for us to sell arms to the KRG [Kurdistan Regional Government],” Ollivant said. “The Kurds are finding out the hard way that there are huge structural barriers, totally independent of policy, being a sub-state unit.”

Last-ditch efforts may fail to save Gaza truce | aljazeera America

August 7, 2014
Speaking to Al Jazeera from Washington, DC, Leila Hilal, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, said: "We could very well see a resumption of hostilities, as the parties still have a major gap between them. Hamas and the Palestinian delegation has been asking for a lifting of a siege over Gaza - the primary grievance that precipitated this round of conflict, and Israel has refused to do that unless Hamas disarms.

"For Hamas, this is a non-starter. Meanwhile, there's a large mediation effort underway to close that gap," she said.

Can a Rebuilt Gaza Build Economy? | Marketplace

August 6, 2014
Leila Hilal, senior fellow at the New America Foundation, said Gaza has human capital that could drive economic development.

“Gazans are very enterprising, they’ve been surviving under total isolation,” said Hilal, adding that the population of Gaza is young, educated and urban. She said the Palestinian diaspora could potentially help — providing expertise, export markets and investment dollars.
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