Paris attacks bring new scrutiny to visa waiver program

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Media Outlet: CBS News

A report from the New America Foundation released Wednesday estimated there are 4,500 Westerners who have traveled to Iraq and Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other militant groups. Far more come from Western European countries and Australia, which are in the visa waiver program. Americans represent just six percent of that total.

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Courtney Schuster was a program associate for the International Security Program at New America. Her research focused on U.S. special operations and the military's use of drones and the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

David Sterman is a senior policy analyst in New America's International Security program. He holds a master's degree from Georgetown’s Center for Security Studies.

Peter Bergen is a journalist, documentary producer, vice president at New America, CNN national security analyst, professor of practice at Arizona State University, and the author or editor of seven books, three of which were New York Times bestsellers and four of which were named among the best non-fiction books of the year by The Washington Post.