David Rohde

Obama’s counterterrorism doctrine: Let locals lead the fight

June 4, 2014
Congolese peacekeepers from the Multinational Force of Central Africa listen to morning instructions from their commander at the FOMAC base in Bossangoa, Central African Republic, November 25, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Congolese peacekeepers from the Multinational Force of Central Africa listen to morning instructions from their commander at the FOMAC base in Bossangoa, Central African Republic, November 25, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Special Report: How the U.S. made its Putin problem worse

April 19, 2014

WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK | BY DAVID ROHDE AND ARSHAD MOHAMMED U.S. President Barack Obama (L) meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G8 Summit at Lough Erne in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, in this June 17, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/KEVIN LAMARQUE/FILES

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G8 Summit at Lough Erne in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, in this June 17, 2013 file photo.
REUTERS/KEVIN LAMARQUE/FILES

Ukraine draws Obama into Putin’s long game

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

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

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

Dooming the Syria talks before they begin

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

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.

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

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.

Honor Mandela by stopping a genocide

December 11, 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.

John Kerry has not yet saved — or destroyed — 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.

How fear of al Qaeda hurts U.S. more than al Qaeda

October 25, 2013

Three disclosures this week show that the United States is losing its way in the struggle against terrorism. Sweeping government efforts to stop attacks are backfiring abroad and infringing on basic rights at home.