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A New U.S. Grand Strategy

  • By
  • Patrick C. Doherty,
  • New America Foundation
January 9, 2013 |

The strategic landscape of the 21st century has finally come into focus. The great global project is no longer to stop communism, counter terrorists, or promote a superficial notion of freedom. Rather, the world must accommodate 3 billion additional middle-class aspirants in two short decades -- without provoking resource wars, insurgencies, and the devastation of our planet's ecosystem. For this we need a strategy.

Tearing Down the 'Electronic Cottage'

  • By
  • Evgeny Morozov,
  • New America Foundation
January 2, 2013 |

The early case for telecommuting—made most prominently by Alvin Toffler in his best-selling The Third Wave in 1980—had a strong romantic flavor to it. For futurists like Toffler, the home office would be an "electronic cottage” that might “glue the family together again,” provide “greater community stability,” and even trigger a “renaissance among voluntary organizations.” Forget about bowling alone: In Toffler's future, we'd all be telecommuting together! (Toffler, it must be said, was only popularizing ideas that had been aired many decades earlier.

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The Sidebar: Taking on Guns and Brains on Trial

December 20, 2012

Robert Wright weighs in on whether the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School will spur a gun control policy change. Kayla Pope and Hank Greely, who we recorded after an October New America event, discuss the developing field of using brain science in the courtroom. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.

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The Lottery Effect: Basing Policy on Outliers Is a Bad Idea

  • By
  • Rachel Black,
  • Aleta Sprague,
  • New America Foundation
December 10, 2012 |

Last year, two Michigan residents won the state lottery. Ordinarily, this would not be a newsworthy occurrence, but they were also Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients. Despite their windfall, they continued to receive SNAP benefits.

Michigan was one of around 40 states that don’t require SNAP recipients to document their savings to determine eligibility. Technically, neither winner was in violation of the rules. Still, it didn’t take long for charges of waste, fraud, and abuse to draw attention to this “loophole,” and Michigan reinstated its asset limit.

You Can Have It All... Once Your Kids Are in College

  • By
  • Rosa Brooks,
  • New America Foundation
November 29, 2012 |

Anne-Marie Slaughter made a splash this summer with an article in the Atlantic called "Why Women Still Can't Have it All," chronicling her decision to leave a prestigious State Department job to spend more time with her teenage sons. This week, Slaughter published a short follow-up article on the foreign-policy impact of workplace policies that lead women to "opt out" -- and the factors that make many successful women unwilling to discuss these issues openly.

Where Karl Rove Was Right

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
November 9, 2012 |

Give Karl Rove a break. His meltdown on election night may not have been entirely about Fox News prematurely calling Ohio for President Barack Obama. After all, the poor guy had every right to get upset while watching the Republican Party nominee’s campaign crash and burn.

For all intents and purposes, Mitt Romney trampled on Rove’s once vaunted GOP playbook–and leaves a weakened GOP in his wake.

End of the Exit Visa in Cuba?

  • By
  • Anya Landau French,
  • New America Foundation
October 16, 2012 |

After literally years upon years of rumors that the Cuban government was planning to implement migration reforms, today, finally it did indeed publish significant changes to Cuba's migration law in the Gaceta Oficial. After several years of economic reforms, some of which came ever so slowly and others of which seemed to cycle out rather quickly, such as new rules for property sales, these changes to Cuban migration law represent the first substantial political reform enacted by Raul Castro's government.

New America NYC: Color Blind: Does Race Matter in Electoral Politics?

October 11, 2012
The election of the first black president in 2008 felt historic - and meaningful - for all Americans: Finally, the guy sitting in the oval office understood what it was like to be different. The marginalized and misunderstood felt they had an ally at the top. But how has race really impacted public policy and political participation?
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Romney Crosses the Immigration Divide

  • By
  • Tamar Jacoby,
  • New America Foundation
September 22, 2012 |

Polls show President Obama way ahead with Latinos, the nation's fastest-growing voting bloc. According to the latest Gallup figures, he leads Mitt Romney by 66% to 26% among registered Latinos, who could be the voters who make the difference in November in four of the eight must-win battleground states: Colorado, Nevada, Florida and Virginia.

Days of Rage

  • By
  • Steve Coll,
  • New America Foundation
September 24, 2012 |

In “The Roots of Muslim Rage,” an essay published in 1990, the historian Bernard Lewis describes a “surge of hatred” rising from the Islamic world that “becomes a rejection of Western civilization as such.” The thesis became influential. It posited a crisis within a global Islamic community that made conflict with the United States and Europe inevitable. Academics and policymakers expanded on these ideas after September 11th, which brought urgently to the fore questions about how Al Qaeda’s radical ideas should be understood in relation to wider, diverse Muslim thought.

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