David Rohde

As China looks on, Putin poses risky dilemma for the West

By David Rohde
March 4, 2014

  Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C), Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (L) and head of the Russian army's main department of combat preparation Ivan Buvaltsev watch military exercises at the Kirillovsky firing ground in the Leningrad region, March 3, 2014. REUTERS/MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/RIA NOVOSTI/KREMLIN

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (C), Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (L) and head of the Russian army’s main department of combat preparation Ivan Buvaltsev watch military exercises at the Kirillovsky firing ground in the Leningrad region, March 3, 2014.
REUTERS/MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/RIA NOVOSTI/KREMLIN

Ukraine draws Obama into Putin’s long game

By David Rohde
February 26, 2014

  An ethnic Russian Ukrainian holds a Russian flag as Crimean Tatars rally near the Crimean parliament building in Simferopol February 26, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/BAZ RATNER

An ethnic Russian Ukrainian holds a Russian flag as Crimean Tatars rally near the Crimean parliament building in Simferopol February 26, 2014 file photo.
REUTERS/BAZ RATNER

In Bosnia, are outsiders the answer, or the problem?

By David Rohde
February 15, 2014

 

11,541 red chairs line Titova street in Sarajevo as the city marks the 20th anniversary of the start of the Bosnian war, on April 6, 2012. The country remains deeply divided, power shared between Serbs, Croats and Muslims in a single state ruled by ethnic quotas and united by the weakest of central governments. Reuters/Dado Ruvic

Analysis: Is Syria now a direct threat to the U.S.?

By David Rohde
February 7, 2014

  Rebel fighters stand on a tank belonging to the Islamic Front near Nairab military airport, which is controlled by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Aleppo February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Hosam Katan

Rebel fighters stand on a tank belonging to the Islamic Front near Nairab military airport, which is controlled by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, in Aleppo February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Hosam Katan

Signing off

By David Rohde
January 29, 2014

For the past two and a half years, I’ve had the privilege of writing a weekly opinion column for Reuters. Some of those columns made me proud. Others I wish I could do over.

Dooming the Syria talks before they begin

By David Rohde
January 22, 2014

The United States won a short-term diplomatic victory over Iran this week. Under intense pressure from American officials, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon withdrew an invitation for Iranian officials to attend the Syria peace conference.

Newest victim of congressional wrecking ball: Iran policy

By David Rohde
January 15, 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.

Gates, Obama and denying reality in the Middle East

By David Rohde
January 8, 2014

The talk about former Defense Secretary Bob Gates’ 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 do business with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

How 2013′s partisanship hurt us abroad, as well as at home

By David Rohde
January 2, 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.

Will a billion ‘selfies’ cause us to miss history?

By David Rohde
December 18, 2013

This week, Ron Haviv described to me the first time one of his photographs changed history.