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Boots on the Ground or Robots in the Sky

  • By
  • Evelyn Crunden,
  • New America Foundation
January 22, 2014 |

National Security Program Launches New Version of Definitive Drones Database

October 15, 2013

Washington, DC — Today, the New America Foundation’s National Security Program (NSP) launched a new and updated database, “Air and Drone Wars: Yemen,” adding breadth and depth to what is already one of the most definitive and widely referenced databases on the use of drones in the war against Al Qaeda.

Who Are the Syrian Rebels?

  • By
  • Barak Barfi,
  • New America Foundation
September 6, 2013 |

Afghan Taliban Rejects Calls for Ramadan Ceasefire

  • By
  • Bailey Cahall,
  • Jennifer Rowland,
  • New America Foundation
July 10, 2013 |

Talking to the Taliban

  • By John Bew, Ryan Evans, Martyn Frampton, Peter Neumann, Marisa Porges
June 27, 2013

The aim of this report is to examine the evolution of the idea of ‘talking to the Taliban’, analyse its underlying drivers and assumptions, and capture key lessons that may be of use in future conflicts when talks with insurgents will again be on
the agenda.

APPENDIX: How Dangerous are Freed Guantanamo Prisoners?

June 5, 2014

As of June 5, 2014, 620 Guantanamo prisoners have been released or transferred abroad. Of those 620, we have identified 54 who are either confirmed to be or suspected of engaging in militant activities against either the U.S. or non-U.S. targets. We have placed them in the following categories:

Category 1: GTMO detainees confirmed to be engaging in militant activities against U.S. targets.

TOTAL: 15, 2.4%


April 24, 2013

The CIA drone program began quietly under President George W. Bush with one strike in Yemen in 2002, and then a smattering of strikes in Pakistan between 2004 and 2007 before a more sustained campaign in 2008. During his two terms in office, Bush authorized a total of 48 strikes in Pakistan.

TESTIMONY: After the Withdrawal

March 21, 2013

This past Saturday, March 16, 2013 marked an extraordinary moment in Pakistan’s history, as this is the first time that a civilian government has served its entire five-year term (from 2008 to 2013). And, for the first time in its history, the Pakistani military appears both unwilling and unable to mount a coup against any civilian government. The military has mounted four coups since Pakistan’s independence in 1947.

The Conflict in Syria

  • By
  • Brian Fishman,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Radha Iyengar, RAND Corp.
March 19, 2013

This paper concludes that the most likely medium-run end state to the conflict in Syria is de facto partition of the country into a region controlled by the current regime and another region divided among various rebel factions. Of the potential end states analyzed here, de facto partition is not only the most likely, it is also the worst for U.S. interests. The analysis is based on a series of decision matrices that are standard in the Multi-Attribute Decision Making approach, a method of systematically comparing objectives across a range of national interests.

The Sidebar: The Key to Sanctions and America's Wealth Gulf

March 8, 2013
Reniqua Allen and Hannah Emple explain how and why America's racial wealth gap became a gulf. Tara Maller reveals what makes sanctions a success - or failure - and what she expects from the ones targeting North Korea and Iran. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.
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