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.

Barack Obama’s mixed messages | Politico

August 18, 2014
“There’s a huge difference,” said Douglas Ollivant, a senior national security fellow with the New America Foundation. “No one is concerned about the Kurds losing control of these arms on a large scale. That was a big concern with the Free Syrian Army. There’s zero concern about that with the Kurds. Any arms that are sent to the Kurds will stay with the Kurds.”

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Technology Can Make Lawful Surveillance Both Open and Effective | MIT Technology Review

August 18, 2014
All this secrecy—and its recent partial unraveling—has harmed our democracy and our economy [link to OTI policy paper]. But effective surveillance does not require total secrecy.

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Obama Makes The Middle East Our New 'Quagmire' | The Fiscal Times

August 18, 2014

Walter Russell Mead, the noted policy scholar, wrote a piece in Foreign Affairs two years into the Obama presidency suggesting Obama was due to stumble into “the Carter Syndrome,” meaning he was a president of too many minds to be effective.

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LBJ's Great Society and War on Poverty | C-SPAN

August 17, 2014
Robert Woodson and Michael Lind talked about President Lyndon Johnson’s goal of promoting equality and ending poverty with the Civil Rights Act and the Economic Opportunity Act.

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Science Writer Explains Why You Should (or Shouldn’t) Talk to Journalists | NIH Record

August 15, 2014
Ultimately, “science is advanced in open societies with a free press,” said former Nature magazine reporter Dr. Meredith Wadman, who recently gave a keynote address at the NIAMS intramural research program’s scientific retreat. “Never underestimate the power of exposure."

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Islamic State Militants Said to Challenge Al-Qaeda for Jihadi Leadership | Bloomberg

August 15, 2014
“Since the late ’90s, al-Qaeda has been focused on prioritizing attacks against the U.S.” while the upstart Islamic State and its predecessor groups seek to control territory in the Middle East -- from Iraq into Syria and the Levant and down into Jordan, said Brian Fishman, a fellow at the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and the author of studies on al-Qaeda and global jihad.

Freedom Act Leaves IT Sector at Risk for Spy Program Costs | E-Commerce Times

August 14, 2014
"We are looking at billions of dollars of potential losses for U.S. companies as individuals, businesses, and foreign governments turn away from American companies because of concerns about NSA's surveillance programs," Danielle Kehl, a policy analyst at the Open Technology Institute (OTI), told the E-Commerce Times.

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Free wifi is coming to LA’s parks, but is that a good thing? | KPCC

August 14, 2014
Click here to hear the KPCC radio interview with Patrick Lucey.

Costs of the NSA | Federal News Radio

August 12, 2014
It's been more than a year since Edward Snowden first leaked news of the National Security Agency's collecting metadata on Americans. While the jury is still out on whether Snowden is hero or villain, one thing is clear: The episode has changed how Americans see the NSA and the technology companies that help it gather information. A new report from the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation aims to tally the costs to both federal agencies and contractors. Policy Analyst Danielle Kehl joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details.

The Most Influential of 2014: Edward Snowden | CRN

August 12, 2014
"Our findings indicate that the actions of the National Security Agency have already begun and will continue to cause significant damage to the interests of the United States and the global Internet community," said Danielle Kehl, a policy analyst at the Open Technology Institute and the primary author of the report. "American companies have reported declining sales overseas and lost business, especially as foreign companies turn protection from NSA spying into a competitive advantage."

Permanent Campaigner | Financial Times

August 11, 2014
“That’s the core conflict within the centre left of the Democratic party, but it is hard to say exactly how it is fixed,” says Mark Schmitt, of the New America Foundation.

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Political unrest, airstrikes rock Iraq | SCPR

August 11, 2014
Douglas Ollivant, senior National Security Fellow at the New America Foundation, talked to Take Two on Monday about the situations brewing in Iraq.

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Iraq in Crisis: Is a Coup d'État Inevitable? | Bloomberg

August 11, 2014
New America Foundation's Tara Maller, Col. Cedric Leighton, former member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Bloomberg's Phil Mattingly discuss the deepening political crisis in Iraq with Trish Regan on "Street Smart."

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Cities Are Fighting States over Municipal Broadband | Governing

August 11, 2014
Communities don’t raise and spend the large sums of money it takes to jump into the broadband business unless they are unserved or underserved by private providers, or are unable to partner with private firms, said Patrick Lucey, a policy program associate at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute.

“This is critical infrastructure for these communities,” he said, “and it’s important for communities to have the local choice to do it.”

U.S. Actions in Iraq Fueled Rise of a Rebel | New York Times

August 10, 2014

“He has credibility because he runs half of Iraq and half of Syria,” said Brian Fishman, a counterterrorism researcher at the New America Foundation.

Mr. Fishman called the text, “Che Guevara warmed over for jihadis.” 

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Beyond Iraq, what’s next for the Islamic State? | PBS NewsHour

August 10, 2014
As members of the Islamic State continue to brutally terrorize civilians in Iraq, experts are focusing on what's to come. Senior and National Securities Studies Fellow at the New America Foundation Douglas Ollivant joins Hari Sreenivasan.

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Why Obama wants to use air power against the Islamic State | PBS NewsHour

August 9, 2014
In order to protect Americans and provide humanitarian aid to Iraq, President Obama on Saturday discussed efforts to slow advances by Islamic jihadists in northern Iraq and rescue thousands of civilians who have fled from them. Douglas Ollivant, a senior national security fellow at the New America Foundation, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the details.

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WiFi to the Rescue? | The Wave

August 8, 2014
For Josh Breitbart of the OTI, the success of the mesh network is really up to the community. He says it builds on neighbor-to-neighbor connections and can only place a wireless connection on top of already-existing social connections.

“If you put this in a place where people don’t already have this community then the technology doesn’t work,” says Breitbart. “But my sense is that Rockaway is very mobilized and it is reminiscent of the experience in Red Hook.”

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria | Council on Foreign Relations

August 8, 2014
"For al-Qaeda, attaching its name to Zarqawi's activities enabled it to maintain relevance even as its core forces were destroyed [in Afghanistan] or on the run," wrote Brian Fishman, a counterterrorism fellow at the New America Foundation.

At odds with al-Qaeda's aims, ISIS has since expanded its territorial control, establishing a "de facto state in the borderlands of Syria and Iraq" that exhibits some of the traditional markers of sovereignty, note Douglas A. Ollivant and Fishman.

Discipline, tactics key to ISIS' power | CNN

August 8, 2014
CNN's Brian Todd and New America's Douglas Ollivant explain how ISIS is able to gain power throughout the Middle East region.

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