David Rohde

David Rohde is an investigative reporter for Reuters, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and a former reporter for The New York Times. His latest book, Beyond War: Reimagining American Influence in a New Middle East, was published in April. More He is the author, with Kristen Mulvihill, of A Rope and a Prayer: A Kidnapping From Two Sides.
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Genocide, Empty Threats, and a Warning to Obama, Clinton, and Trump

March 28, 2016 On Thursday, a 65-year-old man with a name that Americans struggle to pronounce was convicted of committing genocide 20 years ago in Bosnia. With bombs exploding in Brussels and a vituperative U.S. presidential campaign in full force, the court ruling might seems obscure. But the story of Radovan Karadzic, a...

Mullah Omar’s Death Could Be a Nightmare for Afghanistan and NATO

July 30, 2015 Reports on Wednesday that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar had died will be rightly hailed by some as the demise of an American nemesis. But the death of the one-eyed Afghan commander may also scuttle the most promising peace talks in Afghanistan in a decade. Omar’s direct role in day-to-day...

The UN Still Can't Stop Genocide

July 9, 2015 With a wave of his hand on Wednesday morning, Russian United Nations Ambassador Vitaly Churkin sent the U.N. Security Council back in time. He raised his hand to veto a resolution that uses the term “genocide” to describe the mass killing of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims in the town of Srebrenica...

Warren Weinstein's Death Should Help End US 'Signature' Drone Strikes

April 28, 2015 Hours after President Barack Obama announced last week that a kidnapped American aid worker had been accidentally killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan, the widow of Warren Weinstein issued a moving statement declaring that the kidnappers bore “ultimate responsibility” for his death. “The cowardly actions of those who...

America's $28 Billion Failure in Pakistan

December 19, 2014 Since 2001, the United States has tried virtually every strategy available to persuade Pakistan's army to take the threat of militancy more seriously, but 12 years and $28 billion in aid later, all the American approaches are widely viewed as having failed. First, the Bush administration heaped praise on former...

How the U.S. and Europe Failed James Foley

August 20, 2014 Somewhere in the desert of eastern Syria, a militant from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria beheaded the American journalist James Foley this week. The killer and his terrorist group are responsible for Foley’s death. They should be the focus of public anger. But Foley’s execution is also a...

The Russian Double Game Continues in Ukraine

July 15, 2014 As fighting intensifies in eastern Ukraine, signs are emerging that Russian President Vladimir Putin has adopted a twin strategy: pledge his willingness to support a negotiated settlement, but continue funneling arms to separatist rebels. "Putin in the last several weeks has been playing a dual game," said Steven Pifer, a...

The Rise and Fall of Our Man in Baghdad

July 1, 2014 In November 2010, the United States faced a painful dilemma in Iraq. The man Washington had picked from near-obscurity four years earlier to be Iraq's prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, had narrowly lost an election but was, with help from Iran, maneuvering to stay in power. The clock was ticking as...

Bergdahl and the Impossible Choices Hostages Face

June 8, 2014 The furor surrounding the exchange of five Taliban prisoners for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl last week has exposed the murky world—and impossible choices—of the families of Americans taken captive by militants. Demands for vast ransoms or for prisoner releases put these families in the excruciating position of seeming to be able...

How Obama Thinks About Counterterrorism

June 2, 2014 In a foreign-policy address last week, President Obama gave his clearest outline yet of his counterterrorism strategy. Al-Qaeda splinter groups remain the largest threat to the United States, he said, but Washington must respond to it in a new way: by training local security forces, not deploying American ground troops....

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