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The Best Books of 2014

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As 2014 draws to a close, books from the New America family are gathering acclaim as some of the best reads of the year. Here are our Thanksgiving picks.

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The Responsive City

EVENT December 03, 2014 6:30 pm– 8:15 pm

Wednesday December 03, 2014

6:30 pm – 8:15 pm


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How can emerging technologies and data analytics improve life in our cities? How to we enshrine democratic discourse and citizen participation even as urban processes become more automated?

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Warrior Diplomat

EVENT December 04, 2014 12:15 pm– 1:45 pm

Thursday December 04, 2014

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm


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Please join New America in welcoming Michael Waltz for a conversation about his book and his experiences in both Washington and Afghanistan with Peter Bergen, the director of New America’s International Security Program.

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article | November 24, 2014
The Best Books of 2014

The Best Books of 2014

New America

As 2014 draws to a close, books from the New America family are gathering acclaim as some of the best reads of the year. Here are our Thanksgiving picks.

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in the news | November 24, 2014 | Future of War

Tales of war: Getting 12 approvals for a relatively minor mission in Afghanistan

Michael G. Waltz, Thomas E. Ricks

Here's a striking excerpt from a new book by Michael G. Waltz titled Warrior Diplomat: A Green Beret's Battles from Washington to Afghanistan. In this passage, Waltz is briefing Michael Vickers, a visiting Pentagon official, and himself a former Special Forces soldier. Tags: international-security-in-the-news, future-of-war-in-the-news, in-the-news

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policy paper | November 24, 2014 | Open Technology Institute
Technological Sovereignty: Missing the Point?

Technological Sovereignty: Missing the Point?

An Analysis of European Proposals after June 5, 2013

Tim Maurer Robert Morgus Isabel Skierka Mirko Hohmann

This report finds that many of the proposals suggested to achieve "technological sovereignty" in the wake of the 2013 surveillance disclosures do not effectively protect against surveillance. Moreover, some of them, especially those forcing localized data storage or routing, are likely to negatively affect an open and free Internet.

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press release | November 24, 2014 | Open Technology Institute

Technological Sovereignty: Missing the Point?

New Study Finds that European “Technological Sovereignty” Proposals Fall Short of Expectations

New America

New America’s Open Technology Institute in partnership with the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin, Germany, released a new report today assessing the potential impacts of “technological sovereignty” proposals that came out of Europe after reports about foreign government surveillance starting in June 2013.

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in the news | November 22, 2014 | Fellows

Obama's R-day visit: Lame game has no takers; visit will be strong and meaningful, experts say

"History shows that the next few years could be a highly creative and significant period in Obama's presidency," writes Julian Zelizer, a Professor of History at Princeton University and author of Governing America. "Just when things seem most desperate, presidents have sometimes found the space they need in the closing months of their term to make gains."

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in the news | November 21, 2014 | Future of War

America Just Launched Its 500th Drone Strike

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As of today, the United States has now conducted 500 targeted killings (approximately 98 percent of them with drones), which have killed an estimated 3,674 people, including 473 civilians. Fifty of these were authorized by President George W. Bush, 450 and counting by President Obama