The International Security Program aims to provide evidence-based analysis of some of the thorniest questions facing American policymakers and the public. We are largely focused on South Asia and the Middle East, al-Qaeda and allied groups, the rise of political Islam, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), homeland security, and the activities of U.S. Special Forces and the CIA.

Arizona State University and New America announce the creation of the Future of War project

New America
International Security

Tempe, AZ and Washington, DC* — Arizona State University and New America announce the creation of the Future of War project, a new initiative focusing on the profound social, political, economic, and cultural implications of the changing nature of war and conflict.

Upcoming Events

Modern War in Theory and Practice

EVENT October 27, 2014 1:15 pm– 2:45 pm

Monday October 27, 2014

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm


Knife Fights: A Memoir of Modern War in Theory and Practice, by Dr. John Nagl, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army and a former president of the Center for a New American Security, is a profound education in 21st Century warfare – its theory, its practice, and the often-tortured relationship between the two.

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Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror

EVENT October 28, 2014 12:15 pm– 1:45 pm

Tuesday October 28, 2014

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm


In The Muslims Are Coming!: Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror, Arun Kundnani notes that the new front in the War on Terror is the "homegrown enemy," domestic terrorists who have become the focus of sprawling counterterrorism structures in the United States and across Europe.

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War Dogs

EVENT November 06, 2014 12:15 pm– 1:45 pm

Thursday November 06, 2014

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm


Courageous, devoted, and fiercely loyal, military working dogs are truly man’s best friend on the battlefield.

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in the news | September 23, 2014 | International Security
2014 Jihadist Terrorism and Other Unconventional Threats

2014 Jihadist Terrorism and Other Unconventional Threats

In “Jihadist Terrorism and Other Unconventional Threats,” a joint report from New America’s International Security Program and the Bipartisan Policy Center, experts weigh in on the status of Al-Qaeda and the risks posed by homegrown extremists and jihadist groups beyond Al-Qaeda in the 13 years since 9/11.