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.

Empowerment through Education in Pakistan

New America
International Security

Developments in Literacy (DIL), a Pakistan-based non-profit, is educating and empowering underprivileged students, particularly girls, by operating student-centered schools and providing high-quality professional development to teachers and principals across Pakistan, where the country has the third highest out-of-school population in the world. Join us for a discussion among DIL's Founder and CEO and participants from Pakistan who have benefited from DIL's programs, and follow along online using #PakLiteracy and following @NewAmerica.

Upcoming Events

Undercover Jihadi

EVENT January 07, 2015 9:00 am– 10:30 am

Wednesday January 07, 2015

9:00 am – 10:30 am


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New America is pleased to welcome Dr. Speckhard and Mr. Shaikh for a discussion about what it was like going undercover in a terrorist cell, growing up Muslim in an age where militant jihad is glorified, being caught between two identities, and finally emerging victorious.

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Algeria and the Sahel in the Arab Spring Aftermath

EVENT January 09, 2015 12:15 pm– 1:45 pm

Friday January 09, 2015

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm


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New America is pleased to welcome Hannah Armstrong, a writer and New America International Security Program fellow who is based in Algeria and who has seven years of experience researching North African and Sahel political and security dynamics, for a discussion of Algeria’s muscular foreign policy in the region and why we should not expect an Algerian Arab Spring anytime soon.

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in the news | December 08, 2014 | International Security

Uruguay just took 6 Guantanamo detainees. Who will take the rest?

“While the transfer to Uruguay may prompt some other South American countries to take in released Guantanamo detainees, it really is too difficult to offer specific suggestions as much of this depends on those country’s internal politics, as well as its relationship with the United States,” said Bailey Cahall, a policy analyst at the International Security Program at New America,

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in the news | December 07, 2014 | International Security

How the ISIS war looks from Baghdad

Douglas Ollivant

Ollivant, who recently returned from a visit to Baghdad surveying the military and political situation, sat down with me to talk about what he saw. He thinks Americans are missing a lot of important developments: initial signs of ISIS weakness, a more promising Iraqi government, and an improving Iraqi army.

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in the news | November 26, 2014 | International Security

Terrorism laws: 'legal basis' needed for social media companies

How much responsibility should social media companies have for fighting terrorism? Facebook is particularly in the spotlight after it emerged one of Lee Rigby's killers had accounts disabled and wrote online of his desire to kill a soldier. Today programme presenter Mishal Husain spoke to Richard Barrett, former Director of Global Counter Terrorism Operations for MI6

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