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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.

Blue on Blue: the Democrats' Education Civil War | Deseret News

June 17, 2014

Conor P. Williams at the New Republic presaged some of this soul-searching earlier this month in a piece assessing where Hillary Clinton might come down on education. He noted that there are two distinct camps in the Democratic party.

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Oligopolistic America: Anti-Competitive, Unequal, and Deliberate | Boing Boing

June 16, 2014

A brilliant, enraging op-ed in the Washington Post from analysts from the New America Foundation and the American Antitrust Institute shows how the Reagan-era policy of encouraging monopolistic corporate behavior has made America unequal and uncompetitive, creating a horror Gilded Age where the Congressional consensus is that laws cannot possibly put a check on bad corporate actors.

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How Should The U.S. Leave Afghanistan? | The Week Magazine

June 16, 2014

As New America Fellow Anand Gopal recently wrote, "The categories we take as rigid and unchanging, such as 'terrorist', are in fact remarkably fluid in the context of Afghan politics." This lack of a coherent reputation confuses the discussions about U ...

Critics Point To Drawbacks In Starbucks Tuition Program | The New York Times

June 16, 2014

“Given the upfront cost, it pushes a lot of risk onto the student,” Rachel Fishman, an education policy analyst at the New America Foundation, wrote in a blog post dissecting the program. One class is usually worth three credits, and Arizona State ...

Bergdahl Swap Affects Taliban, Afghanistan Futures | Magic Valley

June 16, 2014

The Taliban’s failure to demand negotiations was more surprising than the U.S. agreement to forgo starting them in the Bergdahl deal, said Anish Goel, a senior South Asia fellow with the New America Foundation.

Goel said the U.S. handling of the swap indicates its priorities in-country. Rescuing Bergdahl afforded the U.S. a clean exit, which was more important than “winning the trust of the Afghan people, because they were trying to win the trust of the American people.”

Faiysal AliKhan on the Elections in Afghanistan | CCTV America

June 15, 2014

Election day in Afghanistan: a day of hope but also fear as Afghans turned out to the polls to elect their new president in the second and final round of voting. To discuss the elections in Afghanistan, CCTV's Asieh Namdar is joined by Faiysal AliKhan from the New America Foundation.

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Rebels' Fast Strike In Iraq Was Years In The Making | The New York Times

June 14, 2014

“What we see in Iraq today is in many ways a culmination of what the I.S.I. has been trying to accomplish since its founding in 2006,” said Brian Fishman, a counterterrorism researcher at the New America Foundation, referring to the Islamic State in ...

Tara Maller CNN Situation Room w/Wolf Blitzer on Iraq | CNN

June 14, 2014

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ISIS's Secret Allies | The Daily Beast

June 13, 2014

“ISIS control in Mosul is contingent on political alliances they have made with the Baathists and the tribal groups,” said Brian Fishman, a fellow at the New America Foundation, who has been following ISIS since the group's early days during the Iraq war.

Oil Industry In Iraq Faces Setback to Revival | The New York Times

June 13, 2014

“All the oil companies are on alert,” said Daniel Yergin, the oil historian. “They are going to worry about the security of their people and installations. Obviously, no one is going to do anything new. Confidence about the growth of Iraqi oil output ...

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Collapse of Iraqi Army a Failure for Nation’s Premier and for U.S. Military | The Washington Post

June 12, 2014

“This could be as catastrophic as it looks, or it could be less,” said Douglas Ollivant, a retired U.S. Army colonel who still does business in Iraq. “There’s no question it is bad. But we won’t know for sure until we see how units from the south perform.”

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Obama Proposed Big Reforms To Rein In Loan Costs In 2015 Budget | The Washington Examiner

June 12, 2014

“We've got some indication from the White House that they are interested in making these changes,” said Jason Delisle, director of the Federal Education Budget Project for the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan think tank. The foundation worked ...

Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria | Council on Foreign Relations

June 12, 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. According ...

Militants on March in Iraq Undo What U.S. Sought | Bloomberg

June 12, 2014

ISIL is highly organized, disciplined, and battle-hardened, “a real army” equipped with anti-aircraft guns, .50 caliber sniper rifles and heavy machine guns, according to Douglas Ollivant, a senior vice president at Mantid International, a global consulting firm with offices in Washington and Baghdad. The group also has at least hundreds of members with European Union passports, according to Ollivant.

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New York Gov. Cuomo May Face Primary Challenge from Progressive Democrat | The Washington Post

June 12, 2014

“There’s a very real possibility that the Democratic Party is about to undergo a powerful shift on education policy.” That is how a recent article in The New Republic began. Author Conor Williams argues that the education policies of the Obama administration’s Race to the Top have divided the party into two camps—those who embrace traditional values, such as equitable funding for schools, and those who embrace test-based accountability reforms.

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