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Why Bin Laden Still Matters

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
September 4, 2010 |

In late January, Osama bin Laden released an audiotape praising the Nigerian who tried to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day 2009. “The message delivered to you through the plane of the heroic warrior Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was a confirmation of the previous messages sent by the heroes of [September] 11th,” he said.

Mission Accomplished in Iraq?

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
September 1, 2010 |

On May 1, 2003, aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, President George W. Bush announced "major combat operations" in Iraq had ended. The defeat of Saddam Hussein, he told the American people, was "a crucial advance in the campaign against terror."

For the umpteenth time, Bush bracketed Saddam and the 9/11 attack. "The battle of Iraq is one victory in a war on terror that began on September 11th, 2001, and still goes on."

What's It Like to Be a Tourist in North Korea?

  • By
  • Christina Larson,
  • New America Foundation
August 16, 2010 |

On special guided trips, arranged for tourists and permitted by Pyongyang, Patrick Chovanec, a professor at Tsinghua University's School of Economics and Management in Beijing, has twice visited North Korea. On each trip, he and his fellow travelers were accompanied by official guides, only permitted in certain areas, and asked to delete "objectionable" photos from their digital cameras. Yet the visits afforded Chovanec a rare glimpse inside the Hermit Kingdom.

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.

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.

Desperately Seeking "Defectors" to Make a Case for an Iran War

  • By
  • Flynt Leverett,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Hillary Mann Leverett
July 19, 2010 |

Coverage of Shahram Amiri's departure from the United States and his return to Iran has focused, rather superficially, on the question of whether he was kidnapped or defected and then changed his mind.  Frankly, we are more interested in what reports that the CIA tried to pay Amiri $5 million say about the current political and policy environment in Washington with regard to Iran-related issues.

The Slippery Slope to Strikes on Iran

  • By
  • Flynt Leverett,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Hillary Mann Leverett, CEO of STRATEGA
April 26, 2010 |

Last week’s partial leak of Defense Secretary Robert Gates’s January memo on Iran, and the later statements from Gates and Defense Undersecretary Michele Flournoy, reveal two crucial points.

First, the Obama administration is deeply divided about its Iran policy, beyond the current effort to get new sanctions approved by the U.N. Security Council. Second — and more important — there is a serious risk that President Barack Obama may eventually be maneuvered into ordering military strikes against Iranian nuclear targets.

Al-Qaeda’s Allies

  • By Anne Stenersen
April 19, 2010

Fragmented alliances. This paper examines the nature of the relationship between al-Qaeda and the Taliban after 2001, which is complex because neither the Taliban nor al-Qaeda is a homogenous actor. Rather, each is a network of like-minded groups and individuals that answer, to some degree or other, to a centralized leadership.

Obama's No Drama, Un-Bush Nuke Summit

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
April 14, 2010 |

Although I’m embarrassed to admit it, the nuclear summit bores me. At the health-care summit, the prospect of President Obama body-slamming Eric Cantor kept me on the edge of my seat. Even at the beer summit, there was the tantalizing whiff of ill will. The nuclear summit, by contrast, lacks the essence of good drama: conflict. Dozens of the world’s sanest and most benign leaders are descending on Washington to declare their resolve never to let Osama bin Laden get his hands on a nuclear weapon. Ahmadinejad won’t be there; Chavez won’t be there; Netanyahu has pulled out.

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