Europe

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.

China’s Back-Door Yuan Strategy

  • By
  • Samuel Sherraden,
  • New America Foundation
September 24, 2010

It has been widely reported that China has dramatically reduced its purchases of US Treasuries over the past year.  But it would be wrong to conclude that China has stopped intervening in currency markets or even that it is dumping the dollar.

New START now

  • By
  • William D. Hartung,
  • New America Foundation
August 16, 2010 |

If twisted logic were an Olympic sport, James Carafano would be a gold medalist.

In his most recent piece he seems to take issue with my opposition to the idea of developing a massive, costly, and destabilizing missile defense system aimed at thwarting Russia’s nuclear deterrent.  He then goes on to say that if I believe that, I should be opposed to the New START treaty, which puts no limits on missile defense development.

New START Puts No Limits on Missile Defense

  • By
  • William D. Hartung,
  • New America Foundation
August 4, 2010 |

Baker Spring, following the lead of his Heritage Foundation colleague James Jay Carafano, has misrepresented the relationship between missile defense and the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia (New START).  Along the way he makes a series of gratuitous and misleading comments regarding my own views on the subject, but they are irrelevant to the real issues at hand.

Coming to California, Designing a Brand New Initiative Process

July 29, 2010
(cross posted at Fox & Hounds Daily)

Why would Europeans be coming to California, seeking advice?

Well, a group of European activists and scholars are coming this week to learn as much as they can about our initiative process. Their goal? Learn what to do (and perhaps not to do) as they design a new initiative process of their own.

New START, on the Merits

  • By
  • William D. Hartung,
  • New America Foundation
August 2, 2010 |

In his July 29 opinion piece, James Jay Carafano of the Heritage Foundation takes issue with my support for the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with Russia. But if one looks at the case for the treaty on the merits, his arguments against it are unpersuasive.

Renewable Energy Cannot Drive the Recovery

  • By
  • Samuel Sherraden,
  • New America Foundation
July 28, 2010

The promotion of the renewable energy industry is central to the Recovery Act and the Obama administration's broader economic recovery program, but it is unlikely to create enough jobs or have a large enough domestic multiplier effect to contribute significantly to the economic recovery. It reflects an ambition to transform the economy into a green energy leader of the 21st century and tackle climate change. But these investments are a questionable short- or medium-term generator of growth and jobs.

Uncovering France's Veil Ploy

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
July 19, 2010 |

Poor France. On Tuesday, just in time for Bastille Day, the lower house of the French Parliament overwhelmingly passed a measure aimed at changing the offensive sartorial habits of 2,000 Muslim women who critics say are a threat to French values and identity.

At the World Cup, the Empire Strikes Back

  • By
  • Dayo Olopade,
  • New America Foundation
June 15, 2010 |

In July 1978, an obscure Nigerian literary magazine called Third World First published a posthumous essay from South African anti-apartheid activist Stephen Biko. In it, Biko rejects the "lie" of black inferiority reinforced by 19th and 20th century colonialism. "To make the lie live even longer, blacks have to be denied any chance of accidentally proving their equality with white men," he notes.

2010 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy

Friday, July 30, 2010 - 5:00pm

Is the new European initiative process going to change what you eat and invest in? Has Oregon figured out a better way to find errors in ballot measures? Will robots solicit your signature on referendum petitions? Should California's initiative process be expanded, reformed or eliminated? How does Hong Kong conduct direct democracy in the shadow of the People's Republic of China? Why is tiny Uruguay so good at soccer and direct democracy?

Answers to these and other questions were discussed at this international forum.

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