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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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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...

Honor Mandela by Intervening in the Central African Republic, Lest Genocide

December 12, 2013 As South Africans cheered President Barack Obama’s speech at the funeral of Nelson Mandela on Tuesday, a nation of 4.6 million people 2,500 miles north was being torn apart by religious hatred. Muslim civilians in the Central African Republic, clutching machetes and crude, homemade weapons, prepared to fight off marauding...

Why Economics, Not Military Might, Is the Future of Foreign Policy

December 6, 2013 In Kiev, hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have taken to the streets to demand the government join the European Union, in the hopes it will spur economic growth. In Kabul, Afghan leaders overwhelmingly voted to have American troops remain for another decade, in the hopes they will maintain a “war...

John Kerry Has a Long Way to Go to Reshape the Middle East

November 27, 2013 President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry appear to have run the table in Middle East diplomacy. An interim nuclear agreement with Iran has been reached, Israeli-Palestinian negotiations are underway, and peace talks to end Syria’s civil war are slated to begin in January. For an administration under...

How John Kerry Could End Up Outdoing Hillary Clinton

November 21, 2013 When John Kerry succeeded Hillary Clinton as secretary of state in February, Clinton’s emotional departure from the State Department received blanket media coverage. Kerry’s arrival received next to none. “So here’s the big question before the country and the world and the State Department after the last eight years,” Kerry...

How John Kerry Could End Up Outdoing Hillary Clinton

November 21, 2013 When John Kerry succeeded Hillary Clinton as secretary of state in February, Clinton’s emotional departure from the State Department received blanket media coverage. Kerry’s arrival received next to none. “So here’s the big question before the country and the world and the State Department after the last eight years,” Kerry...

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