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A Visit to Osama bin Laden's Lair

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
May 3, 2012 |

We climbed the stairs to the third floor, where Osama bin Laden died early in the morning of May 2, 2011. I stepped into the bedroom where he was killed and looked up at the ceiling, where you could still see the patterns of blood that had spurted from bin Laden's head when the bullet fired by a U.S. Navy SEAL tore through the terrorist leader's face.

The height of the room was low for someone as tall as bin Laden, who was 6 foot 4.

Barack Obama Killed Osama Bin Laden. Period.

  • By
  • Fred Kaplan,
  • New America Foundation
May 1, 2012 |

The Republicans have glommed on to a neat rhetorical trick: When Barack Obama does something indisputably admirable or effective, simply pretend that he had nothing to do with it.

This ploy was first trotted out in the aftermath of Moamar Qaddafi’s downfall in Libya, when Obama’s former presidential rival, Sen. John McCain, gave all the credit to the French.

The Last Days of Osama bin Laden

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
April 26, 2012 |

Early on the morning of May 2, 2011, the residents of Osama bin Laden's heavily fortified compound were startled awake by the sound of explosions. Bin Laden's daughter Maryam, 20, rushed upstairs to his top-floor bedroom to ask what was going on. "Go downstairs and go back to bed," he told her. Then bin Laden told his wife Amal, "Don't turn on the light."

Fighting the Great Firewall of Pakistan

  • By
  • Rebecca MacKinnon,
  • New America Foundation
April 10, 2012 |

It takes a strong stomach and a thick skin to be a female activist fighting online censorship in Pakistan. Sana Saleem has both.

The 24-year-old founder of a Karachi-based free expression group Bolo Bhi has been accused of supporting "blasphemy." On Twitter, a chilling message made the rounds last month: "this @sanasaleem is a prostitute who feature in porn movies #throwacidonsana." Her photo was posted in pornography forums.


May 1, 2012

The gripping account of the decade-long hunt for the world's most wanted man.

Where do Mobile Solutions make the most sense?

April 10, 2012

The UNDP’s recently released report, “Mobile Technologies and Empowerment: Enhancing human development through participation and innovation,” is exceptional for straddling the gap between tech hype and tech reality while providing direction as to how best to advance development goals. The report also serves as a perfect complement to the Global Savings and Social Protection initiative’s recent work on payment infrastructure and infrastructure utilization in showing (among other things) that different contexts demand different technical interventions.

What Does Pakistan Want?

  • By
  • Steve Coll,
  • New America Foundation
March 29, 2012 |

“I think it’s important for us to get it right,” President Obama said on Tuesday of the American relationship with Pakistan. Lately, though, we haven’t. After 2009, the United States and Pakistan constructed what they called a “strategic dialogue”—addressing Pakistan’s needs for economic growth, its search for energy and water security, Afghanistan, and possible negotiations with the Taliban—to define and solidify a long-term partnership.

CIA Drone War in Pakistan in Sharp Decline

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • Jennifer Rowland,
  • New America Foundation
March 27, 2012 |

The past year has seen the number of CIA drone strikes in Pakistan plummet. In the first three months of 2012, there were 11, compared with 21 in the first three months of 2011 and a record 28 in the first quarter of 2010.

On Monday, Pakistan's parliament started to debate whether the United States should be made to stop CIA drone strikes altogether in the Pakistani border regions with Afghanistan and also whether the U.S. should apologize for NATO airstrikes that killed some two dozen Pakistani soldiers late last year.

Bin Laden's Final Days -- Big Plans, Deep Fears

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
March 16, 2012 |

Tapping away at his computer in the study of the suburban compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, that he called home for the last years of his life, Osama bin Laden wrote memos urging his followers to continue to try to attack the United States, suggesting, for instance, they mount assassination attempts against President Obama and Gen. David Petraeus.

The 80 Percent Solution

  • By Thomas F. Lynch III
February 2, 2012

With the death of Osama bin Laden in May 2011, the United States and Western governments scored a major but still underappreciated victory in the nearly decade-and-a-half-old war against al-Qaeda. Bin Laden’s death did not eliminate all of the features of al-Qaeda that make it dangerous as a factor in terrorism internationally. Its role in assisting regional jihadist groups in strikes against local governments and by inspiring “lone wolf” would-be martyrs in acts of violence will remain with us for many years.  Yet the manner in which U.S.

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