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The New America Foundation is a non-profit public policy institute and think tank located in Washington, D.C.. It was founded in 1998 by Ted Halstead, Sherle Schwenninger, Michael Lind and Walter Russell Mead.

In 2007 Steve Coll, a former managing editor of The Washington Post, succeeded Ted Halstead as President of the New America Foundation. Well-known board members include political commentator Fareed Zakaria, Christine Todd Whitman, international relations theorist Francis Fukuyama, Atlantic Monthly correspondent James Fallows, former Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Roger Ferguson, and economist Laura D'Andrea Tyson. Google's CEO, Eric Schmidt, is chairman of the foundation's board of directors.[1]

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Published articles

Articles by numerous New America Foundation members have appeared in leading publications. The Atlantic Monthly has had extensive coverage in several issues from New America Foundation writers, expounding on their analyses and proposing solutions to persistent US problems. Board members and fellows have written cover stories for a large number of periodicals, including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Wilson Quarterly, Wired, The New Republic, The New York Times, The National Interest, The American Conservative, The New Yorker, The American Prospect, and Mother Jones.

2009 Iranian election commentary

In June of 2009, Patrick Doherty, the deputy director of the Foundation's American Strategy Program, co-wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post where he argued that the result of the 2009 Iranian presidential election may not have been fraudulent, based on a poll sponsored by Terror Free Tomorrow and the New America Foundation.[2] Jon Cohen, of the Washington Post's polling department, argued for wariness "of a poll taken so far before such a heated contest, particularly one where more than half of voters did not express an opinion."[3]

A summary of some of the polls taken before the election is found below:

Polling organisation Date Poll details Candidate
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Mehdi Karroubi Mir-Hossein Mousavi Mohsen Rezaee
reported by Alef[4] before 8 June 2009 Major cities 61.7 Unknown 28 Unknown
reported by Rooz Online[5] before 9 June 2009 Nationwide; 7900 people 23% Unknown 54%–57% Unknown
Rahbord e Danesh, reported by Tabnak[6] before 9 June 2009 1743 people 25.5% 6.1% 37.6% 30.8%
ISPA (Iranian Students Polling Association)[7] 10 June 2009 National 47 Unknown 31 Unknown
WPO (World Public Opinion)[8] 9 September 2009 Post-election national poll;1003 respondents in 30 provinces 55 1 14 3
WorldPublicOpinion.org
On behalf of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Calvert Foundation[9]
27 August 2009-10 September 2009 Nationwide; stratified using provincial telephone area codes with random number generation. Eighty-three percent of respondents reported some (21%) or a high level (62%) of confidence in the declared election results. Thirteen percent reported little or no confidence in the results. 55%
49% (if new election held)
Unknown 14%
13% (if new election held)
Unknown

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