Pakistan

An Insider's View of the Palestinian Unity Deal

  • By
  • Tom Kutsch,
  • New America Foundation
May 6, 2011 |

A unity agreement signed this week in Cairo between Palestinian political factions marks the first time in 4 years that a Palestinian government will be unified across the West Bank and Gaza (hitherto the territories were split between governments led by Fatah in the former and Hamas in the latter).

The Outlaw

  • By
  • Steve Coll,
  • New America Foundation
May 16, 2011 |

ABSTRACT: A REPORTER AT LARGE about the life and death of Osama bin Laden and bin Laden’s use of the media to expand his influence. Writer recalls travelling to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 2005, where he saw the house in which bin Laden had come of age and also visited the offices of an advertising agency run by bin Laden’s eldest son, Abdullah. Comments on the similarities between the house in Jeddah and the house in Pakistan where bin Laden was killed.

Programs:

The Raw Truth About the US-UK 'Special Relationship'

  • By
  • Steven Clemons,
  • New America Foundation
May 23, 2011 |

During the tough-fought Democratic presidential primary between then-senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, at a wry moment during a televised debate, Clinton called Obama "very likeable" and he responded with the sterile retort, "you're likeable enough".

New Report Calls for ‘21st Century Agenda for Pakistan’

September 1, 2011

Today an expert study group co-sponsored by the New America Foundation and the National War College released their findings on U.S-Pakistan relations. The group, comprised of both American and Pakistani policy specialists, came together to devise practical ways to advance the U.S.-Pakistan relationship at a time when relations between the two countries are arguably at their most strained.

Peter Bergen, Michael J. Mazarr and additional members of the study group will discuss the findings at an 11 a.m briefing today at the New America Foundation.

The report states:

Afghanistan Has Three Wars at Once. Let’s Fight the Right One

  • By
  • Douglas Ollivant,
  • New America Foundation
May 23, 2011 |

There is not one war in Afghanistan. There are three.

First, there is the fight against al-Qaeda and related terrorist groups. Second is the war to protect and support the fledgling Afghan government against the Taliban insurgency. The third war is the least understood but the most enduring: the internal social and cultural battle between the urban modernizers of Afghanistan, mostly based in Kabul, and the rural, tribal, anti-modern peoples who live in the country's inaccessible mountain regions.

Egyptian Saif al-Adel Appointed Acting Leader of Al Qaeda

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
May 17, 2011 |

An Egyptian who was once a Special Forces officer has been appointed "caretaker" leader of al Qaeda in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death, according to a source with detailed knowledge of the group's inner workings.

Al Qaeda's interim leader is Saif al-Adel, who has long played a prominent role in the group, according to Noman Benotman. Benotman has known the al Qaeda leadership for more than two decades. He was once a leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, a militant organization that used to be aligned with al Qaeda, but in recent years renounced al Qaeda's ideology.

Obama's Mission: Talk to Some Enemies, Don't Kill Them

  • By
  • Romesh Ratnesar,
  • New America Foundation
May 16, 2011 |

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama made two shocking breaches of foreign-policy-establishment etiquette. The first was to suggest if the U.S. had actionable intelligence that Osama bin Laden was hiding in Pakistan, Obama, as President, would commit U.S. force to kill bin Laden. This statement of utter common sense was denounced by Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primaries. "He basically threatened to bomb Pakistan, which I don't think was a particularly wise position to take," she said. And it was similarly ridiculed by John McCain.

Let's Get to the Real Debate

  • By
  • Fred Kaplan,
  • New America Foundation
May 12, 2011 |

Does the death of Osama Bin Laden mean the United States should speed up the drawdown of troops from Afghanistan?

Congressional leaders of both parties are saying it does, as are, reportedly, some advisers in certain quarters of the White House.

After Osama: Where Do We Go From Abbottabad?

May 12, 2011

At an informal, staff-only briefing at the New America Foundation, Steve Coll discusses the death of Osama bin Laden, the implications of bin Laden's Pakistan residence and next steps for U.S. foreign policy and national security.

Highlights from the briefing are below. The full, hour-long video is available at the bottom of this page.

Steve Coll discusses bin Laden's residence in Abbottabad, noting that bin Laden must have gotten some level of local permission to build his house in the area.

ROOM FOR DEBATE: Should the U.S. Cut Off Aid to Pakistan?

  • By
  • Parag Khanna,
  • New America Foundation
May 10, 2011 |

The U.S.-Pakistan relationship is a microcosm of international relations more broadly: talking about change has little correlation to actually achieving it.

Before the assassination of Osama bin Laden, the Government Accountability Office released a study criticizing the lack of progress in making aid to Pakistan more effective. Far less has been spent than promised, and far too few inspectors have been assigned to oversee implementation of the projects.

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