Middle East

Report: Iraq Will Account for Almost Half of Global Oil Growth by 2035

  • By
  • Steve LeVine,
  • New America Foundation
October 9, 2012 |

Much is made of the stunning growth of North American petroleum supplies, but a new report says that for the next two decades, Iraq will account for 45% of global supply growth, and become a new Saudi Arabia.

The Sidebar: The World Doth Protest

September 28, 2012
Romesh Ratnesar considers the future of American strategy in the Middle East after regional protests and President Obama's remarks at the U.N. General Assembly. Emily Parker explains the global implications of recent uprisings in China. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.
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The New World

  • By
  • Parag Khanna,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Frank Jacobs
September 22, 2012 |

It has been just over 20 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the last great additions to the world’s list of independent nations. As Russia’s satellite republics staggered onto the global stage, one could be forgiven for thinking that this was it: the end of history, the final major release of static energy in a system now moving very close to equilibrium. A few have joined the club since — Eritrea, East Timor, the former Yugoslavian states, among others — but by the beginning of the 21st century, the world map seemed pretty much complete.

The Sidebar: Who Decides: Free Speech and Voter's Rights

September 20, 2012
Rebecca MacKinnon explains free speech on the Internet in light of Google's decision to block access to the anti-Islamic video. Len Downie and young journalists from News21 discuss their in-depth reporting on voter ID laws and voter's rights.

The Syrian Endgame

  • By
  • Fred Kaplan,
  • New America Foundation
July 20, 2012 |

So what happens after Bashar al-Assad falls? Do the new Syrian leaders sever ties with Iran and Hezbollah, to say nothing of Russia and China? Do they make friends with the Saudis, the Turks, and even us? Does the place slide into anarchy, leaving power to those radicals most adept at filling vacuums and then imposing total rule?

Ruling Facebookistan

  • By
  • Rebecca MacKinnon,
  • New America Foundation
June 14, 2012 |

At 6 p.m. Taipei time on Friday, June 1, Ho Tsung-hsun was suddenly shut out of his Facebook account. When he tried to log back in, a message in a red box announced: "This account has been disabled." Ho, a veteran activist and citizen journalist on environmental and social issues in Taiwan, immediately took a picture of the message, then wrote an angry blog post on a Taiwan-based citizen journalism platform. He insisted that he had not violated any of the site's community guidelines.

Deaths in Damascus

  • By
  • Steve Coll,
  • New America Foundation
July 18, 2012 |

On Wednesday, an apparent suicide bomber in Damascus attacked a meeting of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s war cabinet, killing Daoud Rajha, Syria’s defense minister, and Asef Shawkat, who was the President’s brother-in-law. The attack was the most striking in a series of signs that Syria’s uprising has tipped into a full-blown civil war, as the Red Cross has now labelled it, with the war’s momentum now favoring the rebels.

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The Sidebar: In the Trenches of Modern Warfare

June 15, 2012
Peter Bergen discusses the Obama Administration's covert drone war in Yemen, White House information leaks, and the president's kill list. Evgeny Morozov explores the peaceful side of cyber warfare and the American cyber attacks on Iran. Elizabeth Weingarten Hosts.

Lebanon’s Dangerous Sunni-Shiite Divide Widens

  • By
  • Randa Slim,
  • New America Foundation
May 26, 2012 |

The main fault line in Lebanese politics is the division between Shiite and Sunni Muslims. Years in the making, this divide must be overcome soon or it could plunge Lebanon into another civil war.

Recent sectarian clashes in north Lebanon and Beirut are but a symptom of this growing divide. At the political-leadership level, Hezbollah’s Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and the Future Movement’s Saad Hariri — the Shiite and Sunni de facto leaders — are not on speaking terms. At the grassroots level, a wall of fear and mistrust separates Lebanon’s two largest communities.

What the Hell Should We Do About Syria?

  • By
  • Randa Slim,
  • New America Foundation
May 31, 2012 |

The massacre in al-Houla, where Syrian military forces and allied militiamen massacred more than 100 civilians in cold blood, leaves no doubt about the intentions of President Bashar al-Assad's regime: survival at any cost and through any means. Assad does not have a Plan B.

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