Foreign Policy

A Humbled President? We'll See.

  • By
  • James Pinkerton,
  • New America Foundation
February 2, 2006 |

The conventional wisdom on the State of the Union address is that George W. Bush's ambitions, which are normally Texas-sized, have been reduced to the dimensions of, say, Delaware. But those who wish to shrink this president should bear in mind that he has three more years in office.

Five Blunders, One Terrorist State

  • By
  • James Pinkerton,
  • New America Foundation
January 31, 2006 |

The U.S. and Israeli policies toward the Palestinians and their new elected leaders, Hamas, represent a five-fold error. That's a lot of mistakes to make about such an important topic and region -- Israel and America will have to do better. But for now, we can simply note each blunder in hopes that corrections are being put in place.

The Gap Between U.S. Rhetoric and Reality

  • By
  • Anatol Lieven,
  • New America Foundation
January 31, 2006 |

The victory of Hamas in the Palestinian elections ought to lead to a fundamental rethinking of U.S. strategy in the Middle East, especially since it follows electoral successes for Islamist parties in Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Hamas Election Pleases Hard-liners on Both Sides

  • By
  • James Pinkerton,
  • New America Foundation
January 31, 2006 |

The Hamas election in the Palestinian territories was disturbing to many. But not to all. Some were happy--extremely happy.

There's a concept in political science called "objective allies." That is, even people who hate each other can still find common ground--by, for example, hating others even more. In the past century's Europe, the communists and fascists of Europe agreed on nothing, except that they both, from their respective extremes, hated the centrists. And so both Reds and Browns would be objective allies, as both sought to tear down moderate parties and governments.

The Real State of the Union 2006

Monday, January 30, 2006 - 8:01am

General Clark delivered the keynote address at this special event, where an honest assessment of the United States' foreign policy drove a lively discussion. The morning began with Steve Clemons and John O'Sullivan leading a discussion on "Benchmarking Successes and Failures: The Condition of America's Great Purposes and Evolving 21st Century Challenges". Next, a panel of experts discussed "Global Outlooks: American Grand Strategy and Widening Arcs of Instability."

The Dollar-Cost of War Doesn't End When it's Over

  • By
  • James Pinkerton,
  • New America Foundation
January 24, 2006 |

When nations go to war, government spending goes up. First for the fighting, then for the social-welfaring.

So all the fond dreams of reducing the size and cost of government in the years ahead are just that--fond dreams and nothing more. If a country calls its young people to rally to the colors, it had better be prepared to pay for their service, in the short run and also the long run. To do otherwise is to risk disaster, on the homefront as well as the warfront.

Will Globalization Make Hatred More Lethal?

  • By
  • Robert Wright,
  • New America Foundation
January 24, 2006 |

"Link found between hatred and killing" is not a headline that would sell many newspapers. But you might turn a few heads with "Link between hatred and killing changes in ominous way." Or--to put a finer point on it--"Ratio of killing to hatred slated to rise." This is one of the biggest stories of the last 30 years and, probably, the next 30 years: the growing lethality of hatred.

History Gives the English Some Credit

  • By
  • James Pinkerton,
  • New America Foundation
January 19, 2006 |

According to futurist-strategist Herman Kahn, the most important fact about the 20th century is that America and Britain shared the same language.

But an upcoming movie, The New World, offers a look at the long-ago origins of that alliance--and questions its moral implications.

The US Should Express Regret for Lives Lost in Pakistan Airstrike

  • By
  • Anatol Lieven,
  • Rajan Menon,
  • New America Foundation
January 19, 2006 |

A tearjerker from the 1970s starring Ali McGraw and Ryan O'Neal popularized the adage "Love Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry." That maxim may work in romance -- although even that is doubtful -- but it is certainly not good for dealing with a weak and critical ally.

The Osama bin Laden I Know

Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 11:00am

Since 9/11, the American psyche has been haunted by Osama bin Laden. Numerous military operations attempting his capture have failed, and what little is known about him has been obscured by anecdote and myth -- until now. Join the New America Foundation for a fascinating discussion with Peter Bergen, Terrorism Analyst for CNN and author of the New York Times best seller Holy War, Inc., about his just-released book, The Osama bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of al Qaeda's Leader.

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