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Road Out of Afghanistan: On the Ground With U.S. Troops in Potential Final Push | Christian Science Monitor

December 3, 2011

A report released by the New America Foundation in October found that while locals in Helmand say the Taliban are weaker now compared with 12 months ago, 49 percent of the population say they believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. ...

How the IMF and World Bank Could Save Cuba's Economy — Defying the U.S. Embargo

  • By
  • Anya Landau French,
  • New America Foundation
November 18, 2011 |

I've just finished reading a new report by Professor Richard Feinberg, a former Clinton administration official and non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution.  "Reaching Out: Cuba's New Economy and the International Response," clocked in at a daunting 101 pages but should nonetheless be required reading for anyone following the island nation's long-awaited economic restructuring.

Six Days Left: Slowly, for Super Committee, Failure Is Becoming an Option | Christian Science Monitor

November 18, 2011

Still, that goal should have been attainable, says Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget in Washington. “It will not reflect well on the people who used this opportunity to move toward compromise to, instead, ...

Nine Days Left: Has the Debt 'Super Committee' Found the Bipartisan Middle? | Christian Science Monitor

November 15, 2011

“The whole push to go big has been surprisingly contagious,” says Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. “Members have pushed themselves out of their comfort zones, and I feel like a deal is completely within ...

Dennis Ross Resignation: What It Signifies for Mideast Peace Process | Christian Science Monitor

November 12, 2011

“He can step down confident he's not going to miss any action,” says Daniel Levy, co-director of the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation in Washington. “And confident as well that he's left behind a situation that is not going to ...

Is US Failing to Respond to Reform in Cuba?

  • By
  • Anya Landau French,
  • New America Foundation
November 11, 2011 |

For the first time in 50 years, Cubans will be able to freely buy and sell their homes. As news of this long-awaited and the biggest yet of Raul Castro’s slow-moving but continuing, irreversible economic reform campaign in Cuba reverberated on and off the island, policymakers in Washington are increasingly – embarrassingly – out of step with what’s actually happening on the island today. It's like the US embargo has become a wax feature at Madame Tussauds: questionably life-like and stuck forever in one moment in time.

A Turning Point For Debt Super Committee? Tax Revenues On The Table. | Christian Science Monitor

November 10, 2011

... and it's clearly in their best interest to see a sustainable fiscal plan in place so they can invest,” says Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, who has been working with the bipartisan group. ...

The Promise Of E-Government | Christian Science Monitor

November 9, 2011

These examples, and many more, are cited in “Hear Us Now,” a survey of the use of digital tools by California's local governments released by the New America Foundation last month. These efforts, the survey concludes, offer California an opportunity to ...

Cuba Legalizes Private Real Estate Transactions

  • By
  • Anya Landau French,
  • New America Foundation
November 4, 2011 |

On the heels of news that Cubans would now be allowed to buy and sell used cars of any kind (they used to only be allowed to do so with the pre-1950’s era almendrones sputtering around the island), today Cuba announced that natural-born Cubans and permanent residents will now have the right to buy and sell their homes, and transfer ownership to others on the island.

Congress: Don't Squander America's Big Investment Opportunity

  • By
  • Rachel Black,
  • New America Foundation
October 21, 2011 |

Two years into economic recovery from the Great Recession, over 46 million Americans live in poverty, including 16 million children, according to the latest data released by the US Census Bureau. But beyond these staggering numbers, the report also clearly identifies a key investment opportunity that could produce higher incomes, lower rates of poverty, a more resilient labor force, and even higher tax revenue.

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