Al Qaeda Controls More Territory Than Ever in Middle East

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • Jennifer Rowland,
  • New America Foundation
January 7, 2014 |

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.

Report: Iraq Will Account for Almost Half of Global Oil Growth by 2035

  • By
  • Steve LeVine,
  • New America Foundation
October 9, 2012 |

Much is made of the stunning growth of North American petroleum supplies, but a new report says that for the next two decades, Iraq will account for 45% of global supply growth, and become a new Saudi Arabia.

The Sidebar: Two Global Conferences

May 24, 2012
The implications of two global summits, the NATO Conference in Chicago and the Iranian nuclear talks in Baghdad are explored this week as Jennifer Rowland and Tom Kutsch join host Elizabeth Weingarten.

Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and GOP Forget Iraq Mistake in Push for Iran War

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
January 23, 2012 |

Newt Gingrich thinks that because CNN’s John King asked about his personal life last week, the “elite, liberal media” is out to get Republican presidential candidates. Nonsense. If journalists really wanted to make Gingrich and his fellow GOP frontrunners squirm, they’d ask why they supported the war in Iraq.


Iraq Is a Mess. But Leaving Was the Right Call

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

Let us stipulate some ugly facts up front. Iraq remains a weak state. The political institutions are—charitably—immature. The business climate is not overly attractive and corruption is endemic. Were it not for oil, there would be no real economy. There is a serious terrorism problem. Relationships with all the neighboring states are problematic. Sectarian divides remain tense, with some key fault lines unresolved. The country’s armed forces remain incapable of defending its international borders.

Did We Win the Iraq War?

  • By
  • Fred Kaplan,
  • New America Foundation
December 16, 2011 |

As the last American troops leave Iraq (a remarkable phrase, which many once doubted would ever be uttered), two questions come to mind: Was the war worth it? And did we, in any sense, win?

The two questions, of course, are related: The first concerns cost, the second benefits. But however you do the calculation, it's clear that the decision to invade Iraq was a major strategic blunder—and that the policies we pursued in the early months of the occupation tipped the blunder into a catastrophe.

Democracy Promotion: Done Right, A Progressive Cause

  • By
  • Rosa Brooks,
  • New America Foundation
December 14, 2011 |

By the beginning of the Obama Administration, democracy promotion had become a rather tarnished idea, and understandably so. Like Islam or Christianity, much blood has been shed beneath its banner. It may be true that democracies don’t go to war with one another, but they certainly go to war, and their wars kill people just as dead as the wars undertaken by illiberal regimes. Anyone on the political left can tell the story: During the Cold War, the United States fought endless proxy wars and engaged in a great deal of overt and covert mischief, all in the name of democracy.

Security Issues Relating to Iraq

November 15, 2011

Chairman Levin, Ranking Member McCain, Members of the Committee:

It is my pleasure to testify today on the future of Iraq following the withdrawal of U.S. troops by December 31 of this year. This is an important foreign policy issue for the United States, and I am pleased to see it receive at least some of the attention it deserves.

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