Asia

Teacher, Leave Those Kids Alone

  • By
  • Amanda Ripley,
  • New America Foundation
September 25, 2011 |

On a wet Wednesday evening in Seoul, six government employees gather at the office to prepare for a late-night patrol. The mission is as simple as it is counterintuitive: to find children who are studying after 10 p.m. And stop them.

In South Korea, it has come to this. To reduce the country's addiction to private, after-hours tutoring academies (called hagwons), the authorities have begun enforcing a curfew — even paying citizens bounties to turn in violators.

China vs. the U.S.: The Case for Second Place

  • By
  • Charles Kenny,
  • New America Foundation
October 13, 2011 |

It is now a foregone conclusion that China’s economy will become the biggest in the world sometime very soon. According to the World Bank, the size of China’s economy is $10.1 trillion, compared with $14.6 trillion for the U.S., based on purchasing power parity (which adjusts exchange rates to account for the different prices people pay for goods and services across countries). But China is narrowing the gap in a hurry. Over the past 10 years, the annual real growth of China’s gross domestic product averaged 10.5 percent, compared with 1.7 percent in the U.S.

From 'War on Terror' to 'New Silk Road'

  • By
  • Parag Khanna,
  • New America Foundation
October 7, 2011 |

As the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks passed, Americans are searching for a new narrative to understand their country’s role in the world. But far more than declared principles or personalities, America’s place in the world is shaped by what it does in other places. Especially overseas, societies judge us by our actions rather than our words.

Beating Al Qaeda in the Next 10 Years: Our Strategy Against Terror Must Evolve

  • By
  • Brian Fishman,
  • New America Foundation
October 7, 2011 |

Ten years to the day after American forces entered Afghanistan to hunt Al Qaeda, the United States faces a severely weakened but resilient foe. Osama Bin Laden is dead. The cleric who inspired many jihadists from his perch in Yemen, Anwar al-Awlaki, is too.

Some want to declare the fight against Al Qaeda over and done. We won, they say. Move on.

Wrong. The ugly reality is that Al Qaeda will be a lingering menace for years to come. The organization has been largely broken - but the ideology will continue to motivate people to kill.

The No-Dick Rule

  • By
  • Fred Kaplan,
  • New America Foundation
October 4, 2011 |

Dick Cheney should no longer be allowed to appear on network TV talk shows. The issue here is not one of ideology or censorship, but rather of compassion and pity. The former vice president has long been a disgrace to his political office; now he is also an embarrassment to himself.

Anwar al-Aulaqi Is Dead, But the Al-Qaeda Ideology Lives On

  • By
  • Philip Mudd,
  • New America Foundation
September 30, 2011 |

The news that confronts Americans about the decade-long counterterrorism campaign defining the post-9/11 era is increasingly episodic, and for good reason.

Savings for the Poor in the Philippines

  • By
  • Anjana Ravi,
  • Eric Tyler,
  • Jamie M. Zimmerman,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Johan N. Diaz, Jesila M. Ledesma, Jaspreet Singh
September 28, 2011

As part of building the stock of knowledge for the Savings for the Poor Innovation and Knowledge Network (SPINNAKER), the Global Assets Project partnered with MicroSave to conduct the first exploratory savings landscape country study. The goal of the study was to not only capture the range of savings products for the poor and identify opportunities for further innovative development, but also to help develop data gathering instruments and approaches and identify gaps for future research.

Payback Feels Right, But Leads to More Terrorism

  • By
  • Robert Wright,
  • New America Foundation
September 8, 2011 |

Just shy of 10 years ago, on Sept. 12, 2001, Secretary of State Colin Powell said the U.S. and its allies would "go after terrorism wherever we find it in the world" and "get it by its branch and root" so that it could "be brought to an end." Things haven't worked out that way.

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It’s Time to Rethink Counterterrorism Spending

  • By
  • Romesh Ratnesar,
  • New America Foundation
September 7, 2011 |

Judged solely on outcomes, the decade-long war on terrorism has been a rousing success. Al Qaeda has been chased out of Afghanistan and Iraq. Its leader and most of his lieutenants are either captured or dead. The organization is on the brink of “strategic defeat,” according to both the U.S. Defense Secretary and the director of the CIA. Across the Middle East, support for jihadist violence has plummeted. Since Sept. 11, 2001, al Qaeda has not mounted one successful strike on American territory—and has failed even to pull off an attack against U.S.

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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.

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