National Security

The Legal Debate is Over: Terrorism is a War Crime

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
May 3, 2005 |

Suicide bombing. The massacre of school-children. The crashing of hijacked airliners into buildings. Can acts like these ever be justified by a legitimate cause?

The debate about how best to deter and defeat terrorism worldwide is at an early stage. But the debate about the legitimacy of terrorism is over. It is no longer acceptable to sneer that one person's terrorist is another person's freedom fighter.

Terror in the Past And Future Tense

  • By
  • Robert Wright,
  • New America Foundation
April 26, 2005 |

Timothy McVeigh's bombing of the federal office building in Oklahoma City seems as if it happened less than 10 years ago, but its 10th anniversary, which happened a week ago, seems as if it didn't happen at all. And for practical purposes it didn't. Lots of stories made a bigger ripple in the week's zeitgeist -- some of them understandably (new pope chosen), some less so (on ''American Idol,'' Anwar's journey ends).

Signs of an Impending 'Asian Century'

  • By
  • James Pinkerton,
  • New America Foundation
April 12, 2005 |

Will the 21st century be another "American Century" or will it be the first "Asian Century"? A peaceful -- for now -- struggle has been joined.

For the past few weeks Americans have been focused on news from the Vatican. And for the past few years the bulk of "foreign news" has concerned the Middle East. But in the Far East three huge fuses are burning.

The Torture Papers

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 11:00am

Edited by Karen Greenberg and Joshua Dratel, "The Torture Papers" is a compilation of the "torture memos" and reports written by U.S. government officials to prepare the way for and legitimize coercive interrogation in Afghanistan, Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib. The authors of the memos and documents include Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell, and Counsel to the President Alberto Gonzales among others.

They Will Strike Again...

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
December 12, 2004 |

Is Al Qaeda capable of carrying out another Sept. 11 attack in the United States?

Al Qaeda 2.0

Thursday, December 2, 2004 - 11:00am
Sponsored by the New America Foundation and New York University Center on Law and Security

The Conference featured some of the world's leading experts on Al Qaeda, Islamic fundamentalism, and transnational terrorism. The meeting took place in the historic and beautiful Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill.

U.S. Grand Strategy

Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 12:00pm

In his book The Fourth Power, Gary Hart demonstrates the linkage between a principled foreign policy and national security in the age of terror. He argues that when U.S. sanctions on the world stage are inconsistent with established democratic values, America is made more vulnerable. Stating that policies that erode America's image weaken our fight in the war of ideas, Hart argues there may be no more important arena going forward.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Imperialists

  • By
  • James Pinkerton,
  • New America Foundation
October 11, 2004 |

In 1990, Stephen Covey published The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. A business-oriented self-help book, the volume was a huge bestseller and is still in print today. During the same decade-and-a-half, the American economy grew hugely. A coincidence? Perhaps not.

The No-Win Solution

  • By
  • Rajan Menon,
  • New America Foundation
October 6, 2004 |

George W. Bush and John F. Kerry have more in common on Iraq than is generally believed, or than either acknowledges.

The Long Hunt for Osama

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
October 1, 2004 |

When you fly over the icy peaks of the Hindu Kush, which march in serried ranks toward the Himalayas, dividing Central Asia from the Indian subcontinent, you get a sense of the scale of the problem: Osama bin Laden may be hiding somewhere out there. Wherever he is, bin Laden continues to give substantial ideological direction to jihadist movements around the globe -- and so American forces are scouring the Hindu Kush to find him.

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