On the anniversary of the deadly September 11 attacks here in New York by Al Qaeda, The Common Good hosts an important discussion with a highly respected journalist on how to get U.S. policy right in the Middle East.
The winding down of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars has not ended U.S. and world interests in the Middle East. The civil war in Syria and a coup in Egypt have now further destabilized the rapidly changing region.
David Rohde is an extraordinary two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter with deep expertise in the region. In November 2008 when he was with The New York Times, Rohde and two associates were kidnapped by members of the Taliban in Afghanistan. Rohde and one of his associates escaped in June 2009 after being held captive for eight months.
Rohde has since argued that U.S. military power in the region is limited, so that empowering civilian institutions may be the critical way forward for our foreign policy. Can Muslim moderates, not Americans, eradicate militancy?
Rohde, author of “Beyond War: Reimagining American Influence in a New Middle East,” led a discussion about how to make U.S. policy more effective in the region.
About David Rohde
David Rohde, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, is a foreign affairs columnist for Reuters and The Atlantic. From 1996 to 2011, he worked as a reporter for The New York Times. He is the co-author of “A Rope and a Prayer: A Kidnapping from Two Sides,” written with his wife Kristen Mulvihill, and the author of “Endgame: The Betrayal and Fall of Srebrenica.”David won his first Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for a series of stories in The Christian Science Monitor that helped uncover the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia. He won his second in 2009 as part of a team of New York Times reporters for their coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
His weekly Reuters column, The Global Middle, focuses on foreign affairs and the global middle class, from the shrinking American middle class to the burgeoning middle classes of China, India, Turkey, Brazil and other emerging market nations.