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What Can Data Tell Us About Trends in Terrorism?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 3:00pm


Please join us as we announce the findings of the inaugural Global Terrorism Index.

Drones, Remote Targeting and the Promise of Law

Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 8:30am

On Thursday, February 24, 2011, the New America Foundation, American Society of International Law, and the Arizona State University’s Center for Law, Science and Innovation hosted a conference on drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Four panels addressed a variety of topics associated with the technology, including their applications and limits as well as legal issues surrounding their use. Accounts ranged from academic to the anecdotal.

Nine Years of Guantánamo: What Now?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 3:30pm

On January 11, 2011, the New America Foundation hosted a retrospective discussion on the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. Journalist Andy Worthington, Colonel Morris Davis, Thomas Wilner, and Benjamin Wittes all participated. Patrick Doherty, senior advisor to New America’s Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative and Director of the organization’s Smart Strategy Initiative, moderated the event.

Self-Inflicted Wounds

Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 9:30am

On December 16, 2010, the New America Foundation hosted co-editors of Self-Inflicted Wounds: Self-Inflicted Wounds: Debates and Divisions within al-Qa’ida and its Periphery, a new report from West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center. Brian Fishman, Counterterrorism Research Fellow at the New America Foundation and Assaf Moghadam, Director of Terrorism Studies, Combating Terrorism Center at West Poin, discussed the ideological schisms now apparent within global jihadi movements.

The Jihadis’ Path to Self-Destruction

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 12:15pm

On Tuesday, December 14, 2010, author and academic Nelly Lahoud spoke at the New America Foundation about her newest book, The Jihadis’ Path to Self-Destruction. Her comments focused on modern jihadi discourse as well as historical trends of Islamic dissent. Much of her lecture explored comparisons made between modern jihadis and early Kharijism (a seventh century splinter movement). According to Ms. Lahoud, the two groups are not perfectly analogous, but they do suffer from the same shortcomings. In the case of the Kharijites, this matters little since the group no longer exists.

A Rope and a Prayer

Friday, December 3, 2010 - 3:00pm

At this Dec. 3, 2010, event, New America Foundation President Steve Coll hosted a discussion with David Rohde and Kristen Mulvihill to discuss Rohde’s captivity in Pakistan's tribal areas and Mulvihill’s interactions with U.S. and Pakistani officials as she tried to win his release. The discussion touched on a variety of policy issues, including: Is the Pakistani army simply unable to deliver on promises to rein in militants operating in the tribal areas? Or is it intentionally undermining the Obama administration's strategy in the region?

The Future of South Asia

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 9:00am

On Tuesday, November 9, the New America Foundation hosted a day-long, invitation-only, on-the-record conference on the future of South Asia with some of the world’s leading experts on Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. The conference immediately followed President Obama’s visit to India and preceded the formal review of the president’s Afghan strategy. The panelists provided helpful context on these, and other issues about the future of South Asia.

In addition, two New America Foundation papers are were released at the event:

Pakistan and the United States

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - 12:15pm
On October 27, 2010, Pakistani journalist Imtiaz Gul sat down with moderator Peter Bergen to discuss US-Pakistani relations following high-level strategic meetings between the two countries. Mr. Gul detailed Pakistan’s domestic situation and the impact of the 2010 “super floods” which threw the civilian government into disarray and further enhanced the reputation of the military. His anecdotes and analysis underscored the complexity of the situation as well as competing interests found among ethnic groups, rival governments, and insurgents.

Civilian Casualties in Pakistan

Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 3:30pm

Christopher Rogers, a Pakistan Field Fellow with the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC), presented his findings on civilian casualties at the New America Foundation on October 14, 2010. Evidence drawn from over 160 interviews suggested civilian victims in Pakistan could not reconcile ongoing US and Pakistani operations with their current security situation.

Cutting the Fuse

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 8:30am

NOTE: The above video is of the intro and first two keynotes. Subsequent videos are linked below in the agenda.

Robert Pape’s presentation addressed a fundamental failure of the War on Terror – we are producing more terrorists than we are killing. The argument he lays out in Cutting the Fuse: The Explosion of Global Suicide Terrorism and How to Stop It centers on occupations as the primary driver of suicide terrorism.

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