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Foreign Policy

Red Dawn

  • By
  • Charles Kenny,
  • New America Foundation
September 6, 2011 |

Henry Kissinger's 2001 book Does America Need a Foreign Policy? opens with the observation that "[a]t the dawn of the new millennium, the United States is enjoying a preeminence unrivaled by even the greatest empires of the past.

Cloudy with a Chance of Insurgency

  • By
  • Charles Kenny,
  • New America Foundation
August 29, 2011 |

As the East Coast of the United States was pounded by a hurricane over the weekend, mere days after an earthquake had cracked monuments and upset lawn furniture from Virginia Beach to Baltimore, Mother Nature was once again front-page news across the country.

Stopping the Fifth Column

  • By
  • Brian Fishman,
  • New America Foundation
August 24, 2011 |

The imminent fall of Muammar al-Qaddafi's regime in Libya opens a world of possibilities for Libyans that would have seemed almost impossible a year ago. But scenes of rebels and their civilian supporters celebrating in Tripoli's Green Square and in Qaddafi's Bab al-Aziziya compound should not obscure the still volatile situation in Libya. Even before Saif al-Islam al-Qaddafi's cameo appearance at the Rixos hotel on Aug.

The New Epicenter of China's Discontent

  • By
  • Christina Larson,
  • New America Foundation
August 24, 2011 |

This northeastern port city, with its gleaming skyscrapers, seaside yacht club, and Cartier and Armani boutiques on People's Road, might seem about the least likely site for one of China's largest protests in years. Dalian is, after all, the host of regional World Economic Forum meetings, where Davos Man comes to China; a center of electronics manufacturing; and a popular holiday destination.

The Annotated Toffler

  • By
  • Parag Khanna,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Ayesha Khanna
August 17, 2011 |

Think you've heard it all about the global financial crisis, the Internet distracting us into stupidity, dysfunctional and self-destructive politics, the demise of the nuclear family, and degenerating cities? Well imagine having predicted, written about, and imagined the consequences of all of these postmodern maladies -- before they ever happened. Meet Alvin and Heidi Toffler, the accidental futurists who have lived to see so many of their foresights become our daily reality.

Technology Will Take on a Life of Its Own

  • By
  • Parag Khanna,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Ayesha Khanna
August 16, 2011 |

It was the double date we had looked forward to more than any other. Just before sunset on a hot August day in Los Angeles, we sat in a nearly empty hotel restaurant awaiting the arrival of one of the most influential husband-and-wife intellectual teams in history: Alvin and Heidi Toffler.

The World Will Be More Crowded — With Old People

  • By
  • Phillip Longman,
  • New America Foundation
August 16, 2011 |

Demography is not destiny, as is sometimes claimed. The human race could be wiped out by a plague or an asteroid, or transformed by some new technology. But no matter what, today's patterns of fertility, migration, and mortality fundamentally determine how much society will or can change for many generations to come.

Three Cheers for Decline

  • By
  • Charles Kenny,
  • New America Foundation
August 9, 2011 |

As the U.S. bond rating falls and the stock market plunges, the American Century looks to be well and truly over. While this has provoked no small amount of hand-wringing, Americans may soon come to enjoy no longer bearing the responsibility for running the world's indispensable nation.

The Cultural Evolution

  • By
  • Charles Kenny,
  • New America Foundation
August 8, 2011 |

As hundreds of same-sex couples swapped vows two weeks ago on the day that their weddings became legally recognized in New York, commentators took the opportunity to marvel once more at the dramatic change in U.S.

A Murderer's Manifesto and Me

  • By
  • Phillip Longman,
  • New America Foundation
August 1, 2011 |

There have been a few, gratifying moments during my long career as a writer when people have told me their lives were changed for the better by something I wrote. Yet every writer, particularly those dealing with controversial subjects, has to confront the possibility that his or her words will have, or will seem to have had, baleful influences as well.

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