David Rohde

End the assault on female and local journalists

By David Rohde
June 29, 2012

On Sunday, gangs of men sexually assaulted British freelance journalist Natasha Smith in Tahrir Square as crowds celebrated the results of Egypt’s presidential election.

Obama, Romney and leading from the front in Syria

By David Rohde
June 14, 2012

Next week in the Mexican resort town of Los Cabos, Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin will meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit. Mitt Romney and his aides say that after 15 months of dithering on Syria, it is time for Obama to confront Putin on an increasingly brutal conflict that has left 10,000 dead.

Angus King and the rise of the independent

By David Rohde
June 7, 2012

PORTLAND, MAINE – Angus King is trying to turn back time in this state. I hope he can do the same across the country.

Little America: An Afghan town, an American dream and the folly of for-profit war

By David Rohde
June 1, 2012

American officials inspect a field in Helmand, 1960s

Eight years ago, a 72-year-old American aid worker named Charles Grader told me a seemingly fantastical story. In a bleak stretch of Afghan desert that resembled the surface of Mars, several dozen families from states like Montana, Wisconsin and California had lived in suburban tract homes with backyard barbecues. For 30 years during the Cold War, the settlement served as the headquarters of a massive American project designed to wean Afghans from Soviet influence.