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A Split Syria

  • By
  • Elizabeth Weingarten,
  • Leila Hilal,
  • New America Foundation
June 1, 2012 |

On May 25, gangs of primarily government-affiliated gunmen killed more than 100 people – including 49 children- in the Syrian town of Houla, The massacre ignited global outrage: Diplomats this week have demanded that Syrian President Bashar al Assad halt the violence that has plagued the country since last spring, and pressed him to implement the U.N. Security Council cease-fire plan that was supposed to take effect on April 12.

Savings for the Poor in Kenya

  • By
  • Anjana Ravi,
  • Eric Tyler,
  • New America Foundation
May 23, 2012

Kenya’s financial market has caught the world’s attention. The rise of mobile money in Kenya has become the interest of financial inclusion experts, the excitement of mobile network operators, and an opportunity for financial institutions to rethink their products and services. However, the implications and transformative impact of mobile money and other related innovations in the financial landscape are often much less examined and understood.

The Case for Extending Financial Inclusion to Children

  • By
  • Terri Friedline,
  • New America Foundation
June 1, 2012

Children are significantly more likely to maintain a relationship with financial institutions and have greater financial assets later in life when they own a savings account earlier in life. However, some children gain access to savings accounts while others do not—an inequity that tends to be based on parents’ socio-economic status. This paper explores the case for extending financial inclusion to children by improving access to basic financial services.


  • By J.M. Berger
May 21, 2012

Since September 11, 2001, more than 300 U.S. residents have been prosecuted for crimes related to homegrown terrorism. About half were targeted by law enforcement using infiltration techniques – confidential informants, undercover operations, or, in some cases, both.[i]

Russian Roulette

  • By
  • Brian Fishman,
  • New America Foundation
May 18, 2012

The strategic partnership agreement between the United States and Afghanistan that was signed by Presidents Barack Obama and Hamid Karzai on May 1, 2012 did not address several critical questions, the most important of which is whether, and to what degree, the international community will continue to fund the Afghan government after 2014. Addressing the Afghan government’s budget needs is to be a major focus of the upcoming Chicago summit.

The Promise of Open Technology

May 4, 2012 |

Usually talk of Internet censorship pits an authoritarian state against its citizens. But reality is not always so simple, as evidenced at New America’s Annual Board Retreat and two-day conference launching the Open Technology Institute at Washington’s Newseum April 27-28.

Take Mexico, a country whose government doesn’t obstruct freedom of speech, but whose journalists are among the most endangered on earth. As Oscar Salazar explained, the censorship is of a more private nature: “We don’t have an authoritarian government, we have an authoritarian group of criminals” limiting freedom of speech.

Salazar is the CEO of CitiVox, an innovative social media platform for civic mobilization in that country. In the city of Monterrey alone, 50,000 Twitter followers brought together by CitiVox serve as a credible source of information regarding organized crime. It provides a means for civil society to leverage an open Internet and social media to reclaim public spaces and fight back against powerful drug cartels. From Russia, Alexey Sidorenko talked about his similar experience with RuNet Echo, his effort to leverage  social media to track everything from forest fires to political rallies and other news not adequately covered by official media.


Testimony Before the Committee on Government Operations, Council of the District of Columbia Regarding Budget Oversight: OCTO

April 25, 2012

Testimony before
The Committee on Government Operations, Council of the District of Columbia
Budget Oversight: OCTO
Joshua Breitbart, Director of Field Operations,
New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative
April 18, 2012

Value Added: America's Manufacturing Future

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • Joshua Freedman,
  • New America Foundation
April 18, 2012

Manufacturing matters. That is the rapidly emerging consensus in the United States, after a generation in which leading policymakers, economists and journalists dismissed the importance of the U.S.

Universities as Hubs for Next-Generation Networks

  • By
  • Benjamin Lennett,
  • Sarah Morris,
  • Greta Byrum,
  • New America Foundation
April 23, 2012

Based on a request for information (RFI) submitted to The University Community Next Generation Innovation Project (Gig.U), the paper describes a model for universities to develop next generation  broadband infrastructure in their communities. In our view universities can play a critical role in spurring next generation networks into their communities through use of their physical infrastructure to extend high-speed Internet access and sharing their expertise and resources to support engagement and participation by community members, businesses, and institutions. 

Starting Early With English Language Learners

  • By
  • Maggie Severns,
  • New America Foundation
April 11, 2012

English Language Learners are a large and growing population in America’s public school system, but schools often fall short in preparing these students for success in college and the workforce. A new policy paper from the Early Education Initiative of the New America Foundation focuses on one state, Illinois, that is taking a different approach: building English Language Learner services that begin as early as pre-K to ensure that all students, regardless of their age, are supported in school.

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