Guest Post by Patrick Doherty: The McCaffrey Plan



Patrick Doherty directs the New America Foundation/U.S.-Cuba 21st Century Policy Initiative. “Strangulation is no solution.” That’s General Barry McCaffrey’s assessment of the U.S. policy towards Cuba. He’s right. More importantly, writing in the Miami Herald, McCaffrey, a decorated Vietnam veteran, hero of Desert Storm and, more relevant to this discussion, former commander, U.S.

Reading White House Tea Leaves on Iran Getting Difficult



(Washington Note publisher Steve Clemons, Obama political guru David Axelrod, and Al Jazeera’s Mysa Khalaf) Yesterday evening, I chaired a dinner featuring Austan Goolsbee, the charismatic economic guru of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and a key adviser to the President in the White House.

Guest Post by Niko Karvounis: Untangling the Jobless Recovery



Niko Karvounis is a policy analyst at the New America Foundation/Next Social Contract Initiative. For the last few months, many discussions about the recession have centered on the supposed emergence of “green shoots,” or incipient signs of economic recovery.

The Real Threat to Iran’s Clerics



Afshin Molavi astutely noted yesterday in New America’s debate on the Iranian election aftermath that some of the most important events took place prior to the election – that is, during the electoral debates where Ahmadinejad took on the clerical establishment accusing them, with Rafsanjani as the symbol, of a self-interested betrayal of the revolution….