David Rohde

President Barack Obama at a summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Inconvenient truths about Washington's alliance with Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's brutal air campaign in neighboring Yemen is casting a long shadow over President Obama's visit to the kingdom.

Inconvenient truths about Washington's alliance with Saudi Arabia
Gitmo

Obama has pledged to close Gitmo, but the Pentagon is working to keep it open

Obama has pledged to close Gitmo, but the Pentagon is working to keep it open
Cancer cluster investigations are notoriously difficult, but civilian and military personnel who've worked at Gitmo are increasingly alarmed.

Working at the Gitmo US military base might cause cancer

Working at the Gitmo US military base might cause cancer
Magid Khan gained political asylum in the United States in 1998.

CIA's 'enhanced interrogation' sessions described as 'completely out of control'

CIA's 'enhanced interrogation' sessions described as 'completely out of control'
The temporary monument "Pillar of Shame" in Berlin commemorated the 1995 mass murder in Srebrenica.

Serbia is finally seeking those responsible for the 1995 massacre in Srebrenica

Serbia is finally seeking those responsible for the 1995 massacre in Srebrenica
Nancy Curtis, mother of American writer Peter Theo Curtis, briefly answers reporters' questions outside her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts August 25, 2014. Al Qaeda-linked militants in Syria on Sunday freed Peter Theo Curtis, who has been missing since

Peter Theo Curtis' release raises questions about Qatari links with Syrian terrorists

When journalist Peter Theo Curtis was released from captivity on Sunday, the US was quick to announce that "no ransom was paid." So what was behind the negotiations between the government of Qatar and Curtis' captor's the Nusra Front?

Peter Theo Curtis' release raises questions about Qatari links with Syrian terrorists
A sign outside a shop remembers James Foley in his hometown of Rochester, New Hampshire. Islamic State militants killed the journalist in a brutal videotaped beheading in revenge for US air strikes in Iraq.

They'll never admit it, but many countries pay ransoms to get their hostages back

If you're being held hostage by terrorists overseas and you're French or Spanish, there's a good chance your government will find a way to free you — by paying a ransom through indirect means. If you're American or British, your best bet is to try and escape — or hope for a daring military raid.

They'll never admit it, but many countries pay ransoms to get their hostages back
Journalist James Foley

If you're a kidnapped American hoping for help from the government, 'that isn’t going to happen'

James Foley's kidnapping and murder is a sad trend in the war in Syria, but it's paying off for terrorist groups. They've collected millions of dollars in ransoms, and journalist David Rohde, who spent seven months in Taliban captivity, says current kidnapping policies aren't keeping journalists safe.

If you're a kidnapped American hoping for help from the government, 'that isn’t going to happen'
A billboard calling for the release of US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, held for nearly five years by the Taliban after being captured in Afghanistan, is shown in this picture taken near Spokane, Washington on February 25, 2014. Bergdahl has been released

Like Sergeant Bergdahl, reporter David Rohde knows about being a prisoner of the Taliban

Journalist David Rohde says his experience as a prisoner of the Taliban in 2008 was easier than what US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl must have gone through during five years.

Like Sergeant Bergdahl, reporter David Rohde knows about being a prisoner of the Taliban

Obama nudges open the door to Iran

Did Obama take a tiny step toward Iran and away from Israel at the UN? Reuter's columnist David Rohde reflects on Obama's speech to the UN General Assembly.

Obama nudges open the door to Iran

Afghanistan's 'Little America' Experiment: 'Mad Men in the Mud'

In the 1950s, Washington started funding a massive aid program in the heart of Afghanistan's Helmand province, attempting to build dams, canals and roads that would make the desert bloom. In the decades that followed, the project collapsed.

Afghanistan's 'Little America' Experiment: 'Mad Men in the Mud'

Voices from the Gulf: Dean Blanchard, Seafood Distributor

we talk with Dean Blanchard owner of a wholesale seafood wholesaling business in Grand Isle, Louisiana. He endured a blow to his business, a layoff of 65 employees, and has endured a long wait to settle a claim with BP.

Voices from the Gulf: Dean Blanchard, Seafood Distributor
The World

Richard Holbrooke's life and last words

Hours after Ambassador Richard Holbrooke died, it was reported that his last words, spoken to his surgeon, were, 'You've got to stop this war in Afghanistan.' David Rohde, co-author of 'A Rope and a Prayer: A Kidnapping from Two Sides,' joins us

Richard Holbrooke's life and last words
The World

Reporter's path twice crossed by Holbrooke

The late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke intervened personally to help David Rohde, twice: once in 1995 when he was detained by the Bosnian Serbs, and again after he was kidnapped by Taliban in 2008. Rohde shares his thoughts with anchor Lisa Mullins.

Reporter's path twice crossed by Holbrooke
The World

Wikileaks reveals Pakistan's support for Taliban

New York Times correspondent David Rohde talks with anchor Jeb Sharp about the latest Wikileaks cables. Rohde said the cables confirm what he and other reporters have suspected for years � that Pakistan is supporting the most radical Taliban factions.

Wikileaks reveals Pakistan's support for Taliban