David Rohde

from The Great Debate:

New steps to bring U.S. hostages home, offer families help

June 29, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while announcing a change in U.S. policy in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington

President Barack Obama pauses while announcing a change in U.S. policy on kidnappings in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, June 24, 2015.REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Special Report: How Syria policy stalled under the ‘analyst in chief’

October 9, 2014

WASHINGTON | BY DAVID ROHDE AND WARREN STROBEL President Obama speaks on the phone from the Oval Office, September 10, 2014. REUTERS/KEVIN LAMARQUE

President Obama speaks on the phone from the Oval Office, September 10, 2014.
REUTERS/KEVIN LAMARQUE

West stumbles as autocratic force trumps economics

April 1, 2014

  Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses participants of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, June 21, 2013. REUTERS/ALEXANDER DEMIANCHUK

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses participants of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, June 21, 2013.
REUTERS/ALEXANDER DEMIANCHUK

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.

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.

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.

The key stumbling blocks U.S. and Iran face

September 28, 2013

A historic phone call Friday between the presidents of the United States and Iran could mark the end of 34 years of enmity.

Iran’s offer is genuine — and fleeting

September 19, 2013

President Barack Obama’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday is not expected to generate much excitement. Battered by his uneven handling of Syria, no bold foreign policy initiatives are likely.

From Cairo to Geneva, Obama steps back from Mideast

September 16, 2013

It started as “a new beginning” and ended as “America is not the world’s policeman.”