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For David Rohde's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Aug 22, 2014

Was U.S. ransom policy a factor in Foley's death?

Hostage-taking by extremist groups is now so pervasive that at least one major aid organization has stopped sending U.S. workers to areas where they might be abducted. Instead, they are sending citizens from European countries — with governments that will pay ransoms.

Jun 17, 2014

Hostages' families face impossible choices

An American journalist who was kidnapped by the same Afghan Taliban faction that held Bowe Bergdahl for five years argues that the real solution to ending kidnappings for ransom is to reduce the world's pockets of ungoverned spaces.

How U.S. worsened its Putin problem

| Apr 21, 2014

How U.S. worsened its Putin problem

In September 2001, as the U.S. reeled from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Vladimir Putin supported Washington’s imminent invasion of Afghanistan in ways that would have been inconceivable during the Cold War. He agreed that U.S. planes carrying ...

U.S. strategy on Russia under fire

Feb 28, 2014

U.S. strategy on Russia under fire

Days after his ally Viktor Yanukovych was ousted as Ukraine’s leader, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a 150,000-troop Russian military exercise on Ukraine’s border. The fall of Yanukovych — and Putin’s potential response to it — has reignited a debate in Washington on how ...