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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

The irony of Barack Obama's presidency in one sentence | Vox

August 6, 2014
The 2008 Democratic primary was, as Mark Schmitt wrote, a "theory of change" primary. The different candidates didn't disagree all that much about what to do. They disagreed about how to get it done.

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Is Perpetual War Now A Part Of The U.S. Psyche? | Huffington Post

August 5, 2014
How has the collective American psyche shifted since the 9/11 attack? HuffPost Live's "Always At War" series looks into the evolution of U.S. foreign policy and the ways that we're becoming hooked on warfare.

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Israel, Hamas to negotiate new Gaza border deal amidst truce | CTV

August 5, 2014
Lisa Goldman on outlines of a Gaza solution after a tentative Israel-Hamas ceasefire.

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What Are America's Interests In Israel? | Huffington Post

August 4, 2014
Why does the United States continue to get involved in Israeli politics? Today HuffPost Live's "Always At War" series looks at how U.S. foreign policy is integrally entwined with Israel. Click here to see Lisa Goldman's segment with Stephen Walt and John Judis.

The All-American Al Qaeda Suicide Bomber | CNN

July 31, 2014
Seconds before he detonated the massive truck bomb that killed him and a number of Syrian soldiers two months ago, Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha radioed other fighters in al Qaeda to say, "I see paradise and I can smell paradise."

U.S. tech business losses foreseen if NSA spying isn't curbed | Newsday

July 31, 2014
U.S. technology companies are in danger of losing more business to foreign competitors if the National Security Agency's power to spy on customers isn't curbed, researchers with the New America Foundation said in a report Tuesday.

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Kurdish oil tanker off Texas coast ... huh? | Christian Science Monitor

July 31, 2014
Steve LeVine of Quartz reported on July 24 that the State Department has decided to stop actively fighting the sale of Kurdish oil. Instead, US officials would pursue “passive policy action,” LeVine reported, which consists of discouraging buyers from purchasing oil from the KRG only if they call and ask for advice – no more badgering or warning buyers against moving forward.

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Government Spying Hurts Journalists and Lawyers, Report Says | TIME Magazine

July 30, 2014
A report released earlier this month by the New America Foundation argues the NSA deliberately weakens cybersecurity, making online communications, study authors argue, less secure in general.

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New Report: Snowden Revelations Hurt U.S. Companies | Wall Street Journal

July 30, 2014
A new report by the nonpartisan New America Foundation surveyed the revelations’ impact on U.S. businesses. The authors found that the resulting erosion of trust is having serious consequences for U.S. technology firms and for U.S. credibility around the world.

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Can Congress Rein in the Spies? | New York Review of Books

July 30, 2014
And the same day, the New America Foundation issued Surveillance Costs, a report noting the widespread economic harm to US tech companies that NSA surveillance has inflicted, as potential customers around the world take their business elsewhere.

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Is NSA’s PRISM program ruining cloud computing’s growth? | FedScoop

July 30, 2014
The New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute said that without reforms, NSA will continue to “cause significant damage to the interests of the United States and the global Internet community.”

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TN taxpayers paying thousands for EBT card ATM fees | WSMV

July 29, 2014

"The fees and the surcharges that we are talking about are a real problem that require a real solution," said Aleta Sprague with the New America Foundation.

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Your personal privacy isn't the only cost of NSA surveillance | Boing Boing

July 29, 2014
“Too often, we have discussed the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs through the distorting lens of a simplistic ‘security versus privacy’ narrative. But if you look closer, the more accurate story is that in the name of security, we’re trading away not only privacy, but also the U.S.

NSA Spying Will Cost US Tech Titans Billions, and That's Just the Start | Motherboard

July 29, 2014
“Too often, we have discussed the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs through the distorting lens of a simplistic ‘security versus privacy’ narrative,” Danielle Kehl, a policy analyst at OTI and the primary author of the report, said in a statement. “But if you look closer, the more accurate story is that in the name of security, we’re trading away not only privacy, but also the US tech economy, internet openness, America’s foreign policy interests, and cybersecurity."
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