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.

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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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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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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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.

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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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.

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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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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Trust and Economic Growth in China

August 6, 2014
Guests include Madeleine Lynn, Director of Communications at Carnegie Council; Evan Osnos, staff writer at The New Yorker; Hao Wu, fellow at the New America Foundation; William Kirby, professor at Harvard University; and Edward Chin, supporter of the Occupy Central Movement with Love and Peace in Hong Kong.

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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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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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.
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