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.

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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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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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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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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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.

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

August 14, 2014
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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.

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."

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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