Europe

So Long, Chicken Little

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
February 22, 2011 |

Why is it that fallacies in foreign policy are so endlessly repeated? Whether in the form of alarmist predictions that never seem to pan out or stale clichés that are constantly recycled no matter how discredited, the apocalypse -- or utopia, for that matter -- always seems just around the corner.

Smart Dictators Don't Quash the Internet

  • By
  • Evgeny Morozov,
  • New America Foundation
February 21, 2011 |

The tragic death of Khaled Said—the 28-year-old who in June 2010 was dragged from an Internet cafe in Alexandria and beaten by the Egyptian police—was the event that galvanized young Egyptians, pushing them to share their grievances on Facebook. A group called "We Are All Khaled Said" quickly reached hundreds of thousands of members and played an instrumental role in promoting the protests that eventually swept Hosni Mubarak from power.

Russia Has No Good Terror Options

  • By
  • Anatol Lieven,
  • New America Foundation
January 25, 2011 |

Russia's leadership seems to be reacting relatively calmly to Tuesday's bombing of Domodedovo airport. This is welcome, but it is also a necessity. It seems terrible to admit, but terrorist attacks of this kind are something Russia, like India, is simply going to have to live with in future – and to which it is vital not to over-react.

How the Kremlin Harnesses the Internet

  • By
  • Evgeny Morozov,
  • New America Foundation
January 4, 2011 |

Hours before the judge in the latest Mikhail Khodorkovsky trial announced yet another guilty verdict last week, Russia’s most prominent political prisoner was already being attacked in cyberspace.

No, Khodorkovsky’s Web site, the main source of news about the trial for many Russians, was not being censored. Rather, it had been targeted by so-called denial-of-service attacks, with most of the site’s visitors receiving a “page cannot be found” message in their browsers.

Obama’s November Loss Weakens U.S. Abroad

  • By
  • Steven Clemons,
  • New America Foundation
December 10, 2010 |

President Barack Obama's political fortunes suffered a dramatic blow on Nov. 2. Since then, whether in domestic policy or the international arena, nations, as well as U.S. politicians, have raised their price for cooperating with him.

Why Is Osama bin Laden Going After the French?

  • By
  • Andrew Lebovich,
  • New America Foundation
November 3, 2010 |

Yesterday, in an audio recording released to Qatar-based news station Al Jazeera, al Qaeda Central leader Osama bin Laden for the first time singled out France as a target of attack, saying, "The equation is very clear and simple: as you kill, you will be killed; as you take others hostages, you will be taken hostages; as you waste our security we will waste your security."

Britain's Austerity: 4 Lessons for Washington

  • By
  • Maya MacGuineas,
  • New America Foundation
October 25, 2010 |

The Brits sure did mean it when they promised a tough fiscal austerity plan. Man, the difference between our two governments' ability to act when necessary is depressing. It sure would be nice to have a parliamentary system at a time like this.

The U.K. coalition government last week spelled out spending reductions that average 19% across all agencies over 4 years. That's 500,000 public-sector jobs. Little is spared. Housing benefits and education funds will be cut. Defense will be pared 8%. The cuts go on.

The Three B's of UK Media: BBC, Broadband, and Budgets

October 21, 2010
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With the budget cuts looming in the United Kingdom, it is interesting to look at the future of both wide-scale broadband policy and the possible changes to public media institutions there. On Oct. 20, the Westminster Parliament announced the first of several budget cuts in its Comprehensive Spending Review, totaling to £81 billion ($128 billion) that affects nearly every aspect of public spending except for education and public health. (For an in-depth look at the recent budget cuts in the United Kingdom, please see the BBC’s breakdown by Ministry.) As George Osbourne, the current Chancellor of the Exchequer, stated while announcing the cuts, “Today is the day that Britain steps back from the brink.”

Rise of the Online Autocrats

  • By
  • Evgeny Morozov,
  • New America Foundation
October 4, 2010 |

The tweets started arriving in August, and they did not mince words. One of the first accused the South Korean government of being "a prostitute of the United States." The Twitter account, under the name "uriminzok," or "our nation," seemed to be part of a sprawling North Korean digital operation that included a Facebook account (registered as a man interested in "meeting other men," but solely for "networking purposes") and a series of YouTube videos meant to celebrate the might of the North Korean military.

The 20-Year Miracle

  • By
  • Romesh Ratnesar,
  • New America Foundation
October 1, 2010 |

There won't be many birthday parties for Berlin this year. The city's main thoroughfare, Unter den Linden, is still jammed with tourists, and the Prussian-era museums, destroyed by Allied bombs during World War II, have been restored to their former glory. The cafés and bars of Mitte, in what used to be East Berlin, overflow with polyglot congregations of artists and hipsters. But Berliners are staying stoic about Oct. 3, 2010—the 20th anniversary of German unification, an event that ended four decades of German division and closed the books on the Cold War.

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