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From Confusion to Kardashian: Misreading the Middle East

  • By
  • Haroon Moghul,
  • New America Foundation
December 4, 2012 |

On the one hand, anything Kim Kardashian does shouldn’t be news. On the other hand, it usually is, so why not use her celebrity to push another point? I’m writing about Kardashian’s recent tweets on Israel and from Bahrain, and what the ensuing teapot-sized tempest tell us about elites, Arabs, and the magic of social media. 

Mobile Networks are Missing Out on a Huge Market in Transferring Money to the World’s Poor

  • By
  • Anjana Ravi,
  • Nicole Tosh,
  • New America Foundation
November 21, 2012 |

Mobile money has an estimated potential worldwide revenue of $1 trillion within the next three years, and has become the “it” technology of the moment. The ability to send and receive money through cell phones simplifies the transaction process and offers customers both mobility and flexibility in managing their money. The most notable mobile money platform in the developing world, Kenya’s M-PESA, had 17 million subscribers as of December 2011, and other countries throughout the developed and developing world are quickly jumping on the bandwagon.

ICANN, Make a Difference

  • By
  • Sascha Meinrath,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Elliot Noss
November 27, 2012 |

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is little known, but it wields a tremendous amount of power: It controls all of the Web’s top-level domains (those letters after the “dot,” like .com and .org). Currently, ICANN is in the midst of creating hundreds (and possibly thousands) of new, generic top-level domains (gTLDs) that span a host of different ideas, from .web to .cars to .anything_else_you_can_imagine. These new gTLDs have the potential to dramatically affect the future of Internet browsing, and they’re already stirring up some serious discussion.

The Survivor

  • By
  • Randa Slim,
  • New America Foundation
November 12, 2012 |

On Aug. 18, 2011, U.S. President Barack Obama released a written statement that declared: "For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for President Assad to step aside." It was his first explicit call for the Syrian leader to resign -- but today, 452 days later, Bashar al-Assad is still in power. As he told Russian TV last week, "I am Syrian; I was made in Syria. I have to live in Syria and die in Syria."

Pakistani Military, Judiciary Clash Over Roles

  • By
  • Jennifer Rowland,
  • New America Foundation
November 6, 2012 |

EVENT NOTICE: The New America Foundation is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for participants in our "South Asia 2020" conference to be held in Dubai from Friday, January 18 to Sunday, January 20, 2013, hosted by Steve Coll and Peter Bergen.

Is the Two-State Solution Still Relevant?

  • By
  • Leila Hilal,
  • New America Foundation
November 5, 2012 |

The apparent political dead-end in the Middle East Peace Process combined with a deepening apartheid-like reality on the ground, has reached a degree where many Palestinians and Israelis are asking not can the two-state solution be salvaged but should it? And, perhaps more urgently, what may be the alternatives? Khaled Elgindy, Fellow at the Brookings Saban Center for Middle East Policy and Leila Hilal, Director of New America’s Middle East Task Force, moderated a discussion on this critical question with Omar Dajani at the New America Foundation.

Enough About the Middle East Already

  • By
  • Andrés Martinez,
  • New America Foundation
October 26, 2012 |

The United States has lost its bearings in the world. Our foreign policy clings to a host of antiquated assumptions and no guiding strategic vision. It’s a bipartisan confusion, judging by this week’s foreign policy debate between President Obama and Governor Romney. The two men may have gotten personal in their sparring, but neither questioned the other’s assumptions about the places that matter most to Washington.


Why Syria's Fragmentation is Turkey's Opportunity

  • By
  • Parag Khanna,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Soner Cagaptay
October 24, 2012 |

One-and-a-half years into Syria's civil war, the latest chapter is the armed hostility between Syria and Turkey, once a friend of the Assad regime. A century ago, it was Western powers that dismantled and carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I. Today, Turkey can place itself in the driver's seat of shaping the borders of the emerging Near East map.

End of the Exit Visa in Cuba?

  • By
  • Anya Landau French,
  • New America Foundation
October 16, 2012 |

After literally years upon years of rumors that the Cuban government was planning to implement migration reforms, today, finally it did indeed publish significant changes to Cuba's migration law in the Gaceta Oficial. After several years of economic reforms, some of which came ever so slowly and others of which seemed to cycle out rather quickly, such as new rules for property sales, these changes to Cuban migration law represent the first substantial political reform enacted by Raul Castro's government.

Private Security

  • By
  • Tim Maurer,
  • New America Foundation
October 12, 2012 |

On October 11, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta gave a speech on cyber threats -- "an issue at the very nexus of business and national security," he said. "Ultimately, no one has a greater interest in cybersecurity than the businesses that depend on a safe, secure, and resilient global digital infrastructure." He's right: Businesses are interested and engaged -- but some in a different way he meant.A new front is emerging in cyber-warfare: Multinational corporations are standing up to governments that use the Internet for military purposes.

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