David Rohde

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

By Reuters Staff
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

As Ukrainian forces advance, Putin plays a double game

By David Rohde
July 14, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives at the Planalto Palace before a meeting with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in Brasilia, July 14, 2014. REUTERS/UESLEI MARCELINO

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives at the Planalto Palace before a meeting with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in Brasilia, July 14, 2014.
REUTERS/UESLEI MARCELINO

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

By Reuters Staff
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

West stumbles as autocratic force trumps economics

By David Rohde
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

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

From Cairo to Geneva, Obama steps back from Mideast

By David Rohde
September 16, 2013

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

Dictators never looked so good

By David Rohde
September 12, 2013

Dictators have never looked so good.

Vladimir Putin is saving the United States from another Mideast military intervention. Bashar al-Assad promises to ‘thin the herd’ of jihadists and hold Syria together. And Egypt’s new strongman, General Abdal Fattah el Sisi, says he is sorting out the Muslim Brotherhood. With each passing month in the Middle East, it seems, authoritarianism grows more attractive.

A Syria gift Obama must use wisely

By David Rohde
September 10, 2013

In a sober, narrowly framed speech Tuesday night,  President Barack Obama argued that deterring chemical weapons use – not regime change – remained the goal of any American military strike in Syria. Ob ama said he would delay a vote in Congress on the issue, seek a UN resolution requiring Assad to give up his chemical weapons and explore Russia’s surprising – and probably  - offer to help secure Syria’s chemical weapons.

Prosperity without power

By David Rohde
May 22, 2013

A woman walking near the headquarters (L) of the Federal Security Service, in central Moscow, May 14, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov