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In a Ditch

  • By
  • Nicholas Schmidle,
  • New America Foundation

Corpses have been showing up on roadsides in North and South Waziristan for years. Some of the time they are headless; almost all of the time they display a note alleging that the deceased was a spy. Khalid Khawaja’s death was no different, except that he never hid the fact that he had once worked for Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency, the ISI. The association gave him credibility in many circles.

Pakistan's Uncontainable Insurgency | The New Republic Online

April 1, 2009

In the first part of a TNRtv series on Pakistan, Nicholas Schmidle, fellow at the New America Foundation and author of To Live Or To Perish Forever: Two Tumultuous Years In Pakistan, argues that the attack outside of Lahore on Monday has revealed the uncontainable nature of this insurgency, and that putting a bounty on the head of Baitullah Mehsud will only immortalize him. Link to video

T.A. Frank in the New Republic Online | 'The Mugabelogue'

July 2, 2008

Who's interested in Zimbabwe, and why? How should Westerners understand the situation there? And could this all be Jimmy Carter's fault? T.A. Frank and James Kirchick discussed the situation over IM...

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The Hugh Hefner Of Politics

  • By
  • Joe Mathews,
  • New America Foundation
June 16, 2008 |

I ask Taylor Marsh whether she really keeps a gun to protect herself from her detractors, as she claims on her website. So, she escorts me into her bedroom to show the proof: an HK 9mm handgun. "I know how to use it," she says, pointing the weapon briefly in my direction (it's unloaded) before walking over to the other side of the bed. There, she holds up her husband's firearm, a Ruger Mini-14 rifle. "I am just reviled everywhere," she declares with more than a hint of pride.


  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
June 19, 2007 |

In the current issue, I write about Afghanistan’s shaky future as the country tries to overcome years of violence and a devastating dependence on opium trade. The books and testimony below help to illustrate a place whose history is fraught with tragedy -- but where a cautious hope for a better life is beginning to take hold.

Coalition Unwilling

  • By
  • Parag Khanna,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Khalil Matar, co-author of "Lockerbie and Libya"
April 2, 2007 |

For all the bluster about the United States’ democratization policy, military action remains America’s principal weapon for confronting Islamist extremism. In many parts of the world, U.S. forces have teamed with the security and intelligence services of Muslim states to "take the fight to the enemy" and root out common foes. Muslim regimes from North Africa to Asia had been feeling the heat well before September 11 from Islamist groups that had labeled them apostate.

Pay to Play

  • By
  • Mark Schmitt,
  • New America Foundation
March 16, 2007 |

"The billion-dollar election." Get used to that phrase, because you’ll be hearing it a lot over the next year and a half. That’s the total that all candidates for the presidency are expected to spend on their campaigns between now and 2008. It’s a staggering figure that critics will surely cite as evidence that money has thoroughly corrupted politics. Newt Gingrich shocked the bluenoses back in 1996, when he said that there was too little money in politics, not too much. The price tag this time around will be sure to give them apoplexy. Maybe, though, Gingrich had it right.


New Republic Credits New America with Individual Mandate Reforms

February 6, 2007

In 2004, John Edwards was just another Democratic presidential candidate offering just another incremental plan to help make health insurance more affordable. It was a perfectly laudable plan -- one that would have made life better for millions of Americans struggling with the cost of medical care. And for that, surely, he deserved plenty of credit. Still, it wasn't as ambitious a scheme as the ones several of his rivals had put forth. Indeed, it would still have left some 10 to 20 million people -- up to half the uninsured population -- without health coverage...

Terrorism is No Longer a Male-Only Preserve

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Paul Cruickshank
September 11, 2006 |

Their arrest last month hit front pages around the world. Married for only three years and with an eight-month-old baby, they are now in British police custody, suspected of plotting to bring down several U.S. passenger jets over the Atlantic -- a plan that, had it succeeded, could have killed thousands. Ahmed Abdullah Ali, 25, is charged with conspiracy to murder. Historically, Islamist jihadis have kept spouses, siblings, and relatives in the dark, but not in this case: Abdullah’s wife, Cossar Ali, 23, is charged with failure to disclose information about the plot.

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