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Breaking Point

  • By
  • Nicholas Schmidle,
  • New America Foundation
March 20, 2009 |

I could see the heat radiating off the paved motorway up ahead when the trouble started. We had been driving across the savannah for almost an hour, following sandy tracks that crisscrossed a parched landscape made of acacia trees and decomposing cattle corpses, each one’s dehydrated skin pulled like a drumhead over its rib cage. The scene was so desolate it looked lunar, but what appeared to be chunks of black moon rock were actually piles of goat dung. I sat in the front passenger seat of a shiny Nissan pickup. Mohamed, the son of the toppled president of Mauritania, drove.

Arms Dealers Cool as US-Russia Relations Thaw | The National

February 20, 2009
The Middle East accounted for nearly half of arms agreements in the developing world from 2004 to 2007 and is home to six of the top 10 weapons purchasers, according to a report by the New America Foundation. Concern about Iran’s nuclear aspirations is ...

Palestinian-Israeli Peace Process Expected to stall | The National

February 12, 2009
"You are going to have a very wobbly, dysfunctional, survival-minded coalition in Israel," said Daniel Levy, a former Israeli peace negotiator. ...

Slumdogs, Millionaries

  • By
  • Parag Khanna,
  • New America Foundation
February 6, 2009 |

Globalization has become so synonymous with our contemporary, interconnected existence that the word hardly merits usage anymore.

Obama, Gulf Oil and the Myth of America's Addiction

  • By
  • Afshin Molavi,
  • New America Foundation
January 21, 2009 |

Throughout the campaign that culminated in his inauguration yesterday, President Barack Obama called America’s dependence on oil its greatest threat and outlined ambitious plans for energy independence – the American politician’s favorite buzzwords. His energy plan has called for oil savings equivalent to the amount that the United States imports from the Middle East and Venezuela, and he expects these savings to eliminate entirely imports from the Middle East.

Hamas Has Been Targeted Since It Was Elected

  • By
  • Nir Rosen,
  • New America Foundation
December 29, 2008 |

Again the Israelis bomb the starving and imprisoned population of Gaza. The world watches the plight of 1.5 million Gazans live, on television. The western media justifies it. Even some Arab outlets equate the Palestinian resistance with the might of the Israeli military machine. None of this is a surprise. The Israelis just concluded a round-the-world public relations campaign to gather support for their assault, gaining the collaboration of Arab states like Egypt. The international community is guilty for this latest massacre.

Riding Shotgun

  • By
  • Nir Rosen,
  • New America Foundation
December 26, 2008 |
I’m in the driver’s seat of a 2.5-ton armoured truck somewhere west of Baghdad in December 2007, navigating a main supply route used by the American military. Next to me is a Lebanese private security contractor named Abu Layla, who is monitoring the roadside for potential bombs. Suddenly, we get ambushed – a “contact,” as contractors call a violent encounter with Iraqi insurgents, sectarian fighters or al Qa’eda. I hit the panic button on the dashboard, and our signal alerts the nearest US military unit.

The Broken State

  • By
  • Nir Rosen,
  • New America Foundation
November 28, 2008 |

In August of this year I flew in to Kabul, a bustling city undergoing a construction boom, with shopping malls, new banks, restaurants and traffic jams, where I stayed in a hotel catering to weary journalists and aid workers. I arranged to meet two Taliban commanders who agreed to take me to their province, Ghazni – about 100 miles south of the capital. They picked me up one day from a posh Kabul neighbourhood in an innocuous-looking car and we headed south.

Steven Clemons in The National | 'Obama’s Chief of Staff Carries Strong Ties to Israel'

November 6, 2008
“My greatest fear about Emanuel is that he might perpetuate a ‘false choice’ orientation towards Israel in Middle East affairs that he’s going to have to compensate for and get under control,” said Steven Clemons, the founder of the Washington Note website and the director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation.

“There are no rational alternatives in the Middle East than actually delivering on a Palestinian state and finally putting the Middle East peace business out of business,” he said

Steven Clemons in The National | 'Imagined Community'

October 31, 2008
“Both Muslims and Arab-Americans have been ill-treated in this political environment,” noted Steve Clemons, a veteran observer of American politics and popular blogger who is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, a Washington think-tank. “There has been some tacit acceptance of that, even by people around Barack Obama,” he added. LINK
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