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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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Crimea: The Greatest Challenge to Geopolitics Since the Cold War

March 4, 2014 One senior Obama administration official called Vladimir Putin's actions inUkraine "outrageous." A second described them as an "outlaw act." A third said his brazen use of military force harked back to a past century. "What we see here are distinctly 19th- and 20th-century decisions made by President Putin," said the ...

How Should the U.S. Deal With Putin?

February 27, 2014 Days after his ally Viktor Yanukovich was ousted as Ukraine's leader, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a 150,000-troop Russian military exercise on Ukraine's border. The fall of Yanukovich—and Putin's potential response to it—has reignited a debate in Washington over how to respond to the assertive Russian leader. For Obama administration ...

How Should the U.S. Deal With Vladimir Putin?

February 27, 2014 Days after his ally Viktor Yanukovich was ousted as Ukraine's leader, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a 150,000-troop Russian military exercise on Ukraine's border. The fall of Yanukovich—and Putin's potential response to it—has reignited a debate in Washington over how to respond to the assertive Russian leader. For Obama administration ...

Has Intervention Helped or Hurt Bosnia?

February 18, 2014 Over the last two weeks, Bosnia has experienced its largest social unrest in nearly 20 years. Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets to assail the country's political elite. "These are the most dramatic—and in some ways the most important—protests that have happened since the end of the war," ...

Is Syria Now a Direct Threat to United States?

February 10, 2014 Over the last two weeks, Obama administration officials have signaled—sometimes intentionally, sometimes not—that a worst-case scenario is emerging in Syria. Peace talks are at a virtual standstill. An emboldened President Bashar al-Assad has missed two deadlines to turn over his deadliest chemical weapons. And radical extremists who have fought in ...

Is Syria Now a Direct Threat to the United States?

February 10, 2014 Over the last two weeks, Obama administration officials have signaled—sometimes intentionally, sometimes not—that a worst-case scenario is emerging in Syria. Peace talks are at a virtual standstill. An emboldened President Bashar al-Assad has missed two deadlines to turn over his deadliest chemical weapons. And radical extremists who have fought in ...

The Syria Talks Are Doomed Without Iran

January 23, 2014 The United States won a short-term diplomatic victory over Iran this week. Under intense pressure from American officials, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon withdrew an invitation for Iranian officials to attend the Syria peace conference. Disinviting Tehran is the latest example of the Obama administration’s continual search for easy, risk-free solutions ...

Democrats Could Wreck Obama's Biggest National Security Success

January 16, 2014 By design or accident, it is increasingly clear that the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s second-term foreign policy is a nuclear agreement with Iran. Whether Obama can succeed, however, now depends on Congress staying out of the negotiations. Over the last few weeks, 16 Democratic senators have supported a bill ...

Gates, Obama and the Use of Military Force in the Middle East

January 9, 2014 The talk about former Defense Secretary Bob Gates’s blistering new memoir,Duty, has focused on the description of President Barack Obama’s tense 2011 Situation Room meeting with his top military advisers. A frustrated Obama expresses doubts about General David Petraeus, then U.S. commander in Afghanistan, and questions whether the administration can ...

Washington's Dysfunction Is Sabotaging America's Middle East Policy

January 3, 2014 The furious partisan debate that erupted this week after a New York Times investigation questioned the central tenet of the Republican assault on the White House regarding Benghazi was a fitting end to 2013. The lengthy article revealed that the State Department and CIA’s intense focus on al Qaeda caused ...