Foreign Policy

The Wars Condoleezza Rice & John McCain Left Out of Their RNC Speeches

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
August 30, 2012 |

Republicans like to talk about individual responsibility. In case you haven’t heard, it’s what makes America great.

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Sense and Nonsense About Obama and Osama

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
August 29, 2012 |

On Wednesday some media outlets obtained copies of the heavily embargoed book "No Easy Day" by Mark Owen, the pseudonym of one of the Navy SEALs who was part of the mission that killed Osama bin Laden.

Shootings by Afghan Forces Take Growing Toll on NATO Troops

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • Jennifer Rowland,
  • New America Foundation
August 14, 2012 |

Before dawn on Friday, a man wearing an Afghan uniform shot and killed three U.S. soldiers during a meeting to discuss local security issues in the southern province of Helmand.

It was one of an unprecedented series of five attacks by people in Afghan security forces uniforms in the past week against NATO forces.

The Sidebar: A Global Romney and the Backyard Terror Threat

August 10, 2012
Steve Coll explores the Republican presidential hopeful's evolving foreign policy agenda and gaffe-ridden trip abroad. Jennifer Rowland illuminates the American group that poses a greater threat to our national security than al Qaeda. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.

The United Nations and the Internet: It's Complicated

  • By
  • Rebecca MacKinnon,
  • New America Foundation
August 8, 2012 |

On Aug. 2, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution urging the White House to stop an obscure U.N. agency from asserting greater control over the Internet. It is the "consistent and unequivocal policy of the United States," the lawmakers affirmed, "to promote a global Internet free from government control and preserve and advance the successful multistakeholder model that governs the Internet today."

The Limits of Drone Warfare

  • By
  • Philip Mudd,
  • New America Foundation
August 3, 2012 |

The impact of drones in the counterterror campaign is hard to overstate:  terror groups, like many organizations, develop into global threats not because they can recruit suicide bombers but because they have leaders with vision, capability, commitment, and experience.  Tactical leaders might view a local government as their primary adversary; strategic leaders, from Osama bin Laden to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Iraq to Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen, have broader horizons.

Why Drone Pilots Deserve Medals

  • By
  • Jamie Holmes,
  • New America Foundation
August 2, 2012 |

The escalating dependence on drone pilots, as Maj. Dave Blair agonized in the May-June issue of Air & Space Power Journal, is undercutting the ability to award combat medals. “On the current trajectory,” Blair wrote, “the only Air Medals will be the ones in history books.” In 2009, after all, the Air Force was already training more drone pilots than bomber and fighter pilots combined. Blair’s proposal to give drone pilots combat medals—despite the fact that the pilots sit safely thousands of miles away from the battlefield—is revealing.

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Unraveling Afghanistan

  • and Rajiv Chandrasekaran
July 17, 2012

Obama Does Not Always Get Good Job Ratings but His Likeability May Be the Key to a Win

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
July 13, 2012 |
Back in 2004, I debated Jonah Goldberg about the presidential election. Bush will win, Jonah said, because after sniffing both of these guys for a while, Americans have simply decided they don’t like Kerry very much. Nonsense, I said. Likeability is in the eye of the beholder. Most Americans think the country is on the wrong track. Democrats have the demographic advantage. But I was too clever by half. Jonah was basically right.
 
Eight years later, something similar may be happening.
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Civilian Casualties Plummet in Drone Strikes

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • Jennifer Rowland,
  • New America Foundation
July 13, 2012 |
Last week, a U.S. drone attack killed 19 suspected Taliban militants at a compound in North Waziristan on the Afghan border, according to Pakistani intelligence officials.
 
Dawn, a leading English-language Pakistani newspaper, later reported that the drone actually launched two separate strikes, the second of which occurred "when tribesmen were still carrying out rescue work," and killed an additional three people.
 
It was unclear whether the three were civilians or militants.
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