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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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The Unraveling of Kerry’s Bid for Mideast Peace

April 30, 2014 To both critics and supporters, it was "classic" John Kerry. A day before the formal end of Kerry's quixotic, nine-month effort to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, the secretary of state was surreptitiously taped making a comment that provoked a political firestorm in Washington. In a closed meeting with foreign-policy...

How America Lost Russia

April 20, 2014 In September 2001, as the U.S. reeled from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Vladimir Putin supported Washington's imminent invasion of Afghanistan in ways that would have been inconceivable during the Cold War. He agreed that U.S. planes carrying humanitarian aid could fly through Russian...

Afghan Election Was a 'Real Defeat' to the Taliban

April 9, 2014 In a nation more associated with calamity than consensus, the initial results of Saturday's Afghan presidential election are startling. Despite Taliban threats to attack polling stations nationwide, the same percentage of Afghans turned out to vote—roughly 58 percent, or 7 million out of 12 million eligible voters—as did Americans in...

Can the U.S. Still Confront Autocrats?

April 1, 2014 A quarter-century after the fall of the Soviet Union, authoritarian rulers such as Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad are showing they can and will defy international norms, suppress dissent, and use military force. American policymakers are struggling with how to respond. "It's a big philosophical question about how to deal...

Ukraine Is 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...

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...

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