New America in the News: 2014

New America staff and fellows appear regularly on radio and television, and are frequently quoted in media outlets of all types. A selection of that coverage is available below.

Weighing Obama’s strategy to defeat Islamic militants

September 11, 2014
How feasible is the President’s ISIS strategy? Is it risk for the US to train and arm Syrian rebels? A network of alliances between the US and the Middle East has to be established in order for the plan to work, what’s the motivation driving different Middle East stakeholders to join the cause?

Click here to listen.

Did Obama sell his ISIS strategy?

September 11, 2014
CNN asked for views on President Obama's speech, in which he outlined his administration's plans for addressing the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), including a campaign of airstrikes and a call for Congress to provide additional authority and resources to train and equip opposition fighters in Syria.

Click here to read the full article.

Did Obama sell his ISIS strategy?

September 11, 2014
CNN asked for views on President Obama's speech, in which he outlined his administration's plans for addressing the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), including a campaign of airstrikes and a call for Congress to provide additional authority and resources to train and equip opposition fighters in Syria.

Click here to read the full article.

Israel, Gaza and Monitoring Human Rights

September 10, 2014
Monitoring human rights during wartime is a particularly daunting challenge, since the message and the messenger are often greeted by a hostile audience.

B’tselem, Israel’s leading human rights organization, has for years led the way in monitoring and reporting on the state of human rights in the West Bank, Israel and Gaza. Since the Israeli army commenced Operation Protective Edge in July, many have praised the organization’s attempts to humanize the dead and to fact-check both the Israeli army and Hamas evenhandedly. Others have called them traitors.

Tech coalition urges support for Senate bill banning bulk collection of phone, Internet data

September 10, 2014
In a statement Robyn Greene, policy counsel with New America's Open Technology Institute, said CISA is "wholly inadequate."

"When it comes to cybersecurity, rather than recycling old ideas about cyber information sharing and weakening privacy protections, Congress should focus on cleaning up the mess that the NSA has made of our Internet," said Greene in a statement.

Click here to read the full article.

Will Americans Accept Obama's Islamic State Plan?

September 10, 2014
New America Foundation's Tara Maller and Bloomberg's Al Hunt and Romesh Ratnesar discuss President Barack Obama's speech about the U.S. fight against the Islamic State militant group. They speak with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann on "Bloomberg Politics: America's New War."

Click here to watch the video.

With US Considering Strikes Against Syria, Reflections and Realities from Iraq

September 7, 2014
As the Obama administration debates expanding its air offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) from Iraqi Kurdistan into eastern Syria, its main challenge remains finding a reliable military partner on the ground. We asked Douglas Ollivant, a senior national security studies fellow at the New America Foundation who focuses on Iraq, to weigh in on how lessons from that arena could shape the battle on Syrian terrain.

Click here to read the full article.

Should Airstrikes Against ISIS Continue?

September 6, 2014
NATO countries have acknowledged the need for a global plan of attack against the militant group ISIS. One option the White House is considering is airstrikes against ISIS in Syria. The group now controls vast amounts of territory in the northern part of that country. For more on the potential goals of additional airstrikes, we turn to Douglas Ollivant. He's a former Middle East security advisor to President George W. Bush and President Obama. Douglas Ollivant, welcome to the program.

America Has an Unannounced ISIS Strategy, and It Involves Iran

September 6, 2014
“The ground coalitions we’re supporting with air power are uniquely different in each case,” said Doug Ollivant, a former advisor to Gen. David Petraeus who served in the National Security Council under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. “In Sinjar, it’s largely the PKK [a Kurdish militia] who rescued the Yazidis,” Ollivant said. “In Mosul, it was the Golden Brigades [An elite unit of the Iraqi army] with the Peshmerga in support, and in Amerli it looks like Shia militias with the Iraqi military in support.

Privacy groups pressure Senate on NSA

September 5, 2014
“Based on these important improvements, a wide range of major technology companies and public interest groups spanning the political spectrum is eager for Congress to pass this legislation swiftly and without weakening the bill,” wrote the 43 groups, including the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, American Civil Liberties Union and the Constitution Project.

Click here to read the full article. 

Welcome to the Future of War project!

September 5, 2014
Earlier this week, Arizona State University and the New America Foundation announced a joint project, the Future of War. The project combines the intellectual resources of a leading university-based research center with a powerful, interdisciplinary think tank and civic enterprise–a powerful combination. 

Teachers Unions Under Fire

September 4, 2014
"It's a really critical moment" for teachers unions, said Melissa Tooley, a senior policy analyst who specializes in education at New America Foundation, a nonpartisan think tank.
Programs:

How should the U.S. respond to Steven Sotloff’s killing?

September 2, 2014
For reaction, Judy Woodruff talks to Charles Sennott of The GroundTruth Project. Then, former National Security Council staff Lt. Col. Douglas Ollivant (Ret.), former Counterterrorism Official Daniel Benjamin and former State Department official Anne-Marie Slaughter discuss how the killing of Steven Sotloff affects U.S. policy toward the Islamic State group.

Click here to watch the full video. 
Programs:

ASU teams with think tank on Future of War project

September 2, 2014
Arizona State University is partnering with the New America think tank to focus on issues such as the increasing use of unmanned drones in warfare, the threat of cyberattacks, and the rise of violent conflicts started by terrorist groups such as the ISIS extremists now trying to take over Syria and Iraq.

Click here to read the full article.
Programs:

Is New York City’s universal pre-K program a worthwhile priority?

August 29, 2014
Mayor Bill De Blasio’s signature campaign project is set to launch next week, with over 50,000 students enrolled. On-air guest panel of experts, including Conor Williams, senior early education researcher, New America Foundation.

Click here for more.

U.S. history in Mideast hampers hopes for anti-ISIS coalition

August 28, 2014
“I think the U.S. will likely use FSA fighters on the ground but I don’t think that they will be enough to do the necessary ground battle,” said Leila Hilal, a senior international security fellow and former director of the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation. “The U.S. may be then anticipating having to supplement forces with international ground troops, in which case they may turn to others for that role.”

The Obama Administration’s stealth plan to remake the workplace

August 28, 2014
Liza Mundy, director of the breadwinning and caregiving program at the New America Foundation, notes that the first piece of legislation Obama signed after taking office in 2009 was the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which expanded the ability of workers to file equal-pay lawsuits. At that time, Democrats enjoyed majorities in both houses, which they lost in 2011 when the Republicans regained control of the House. “They had some successes with actual legislation at the beginning, but now that we have a divided government, it’s more stealth measures,” says Mundy.

Westerners Join Terror Networks

August 27, 2014
Fmr. CIA analyst Tara Maller says western ISIS members "have typical normal childhoods" before "something goes wrong."

Click here to see the video.

Re-Establishing the Status Quo | CTV

August 26, 2014
The New America Foundation's Lisa Goldman says despite a "long-term" truce being reached, neither side has long-term solutions.

Click here to see the video.

China courts documentaries as it limits expression

August 26, 2014
Independent filmmaker Hao Wu was one who benefited from the push — sort of.

Click here to read the full article.
Syndicate content Syndicate content Syndicate content Syndicate content