Articles by Fred Hill


U.S. policy on Iran should not waver

By Fred Hill on June 17, 2009, at 7:35 p.m.
Change in Washington will not meet change in Tehran after all — at least not yet. Hopes for a new and more open leadership in Iran were dashed by the victory of the hardliners in last …

Nukes plan faces many obstacles

By Fred Hill on May 20, 2009, at 8:54 p.m.
President Obama’s ambitious agenda to revive Ronald Reagan’s vision of a world free of nuclear weapons drew significant support in the last month from two major bipartisan groups. Both the …

U.S. must lead move to eliminate nuclear weapons

By Fred Hill on April 15, 2009, at 8:55 p.m.
Restoring the American economy and leading a global revival. A responsible withdrawal from Iraq. A new and revised strategy for Afghanistan. A way to prevent Pakistan from falling apart.

Dealing with a troubled inheritance

By Fred Hill on March 23, 2009, at 5:27 p.m.
Recent developments in Iraq remind us that terrible instability can return in short order despite encouraging signs and limited steps toward reconciliation between warring Sunni and Shiite forces. …

Foreign policy advice for Obama

By Fred Hill on March 02, 2009, at 11:12 a.m.

Scowcroft the standard for national security adviser

By Fred Hill on Jan. 14, 2009, at 8:24 p.m.
Several years ago, a senior State Department official said he understood I was from Maine. Was I from Camden? I said no. Why?

Time is ripe for improving U.S. relations with Iran

By Fred Hill on Dec. 22, 2008, at 10:18 a.m.
Fifty-five American diplomats held hostage for 444 days in Tehran (1981). A CIA-led overthrow of a democratic Iranian government (1953). Iranian complicity in terrorist bombings of Marine barracks …

Obama could forge a mighty cabinet with rivals, Republicans

By Fred Hill on Nov. 19, 2008, at 6:32 p.m.
The newly elected president was exhausted when he went to bed at 2 a.m.

The next president’s position on the Middle East

By Fred Hill on Oct. 15, 2008, at 7:48 p.m.
A former Secretary of State traveled to London, Moscow and Jerusalem years ago, and decided to buy a new suit in one city, according to a marvelous anecdote in Aaron Miller’s excellent memoir, “The Much Too Promised Land.”

Leadership should top list of candidates’ qualifications

By Fred Hill on Sept. 17, 2008, at 6:25 p.m.
As usual, the national political conventions pulsed with harsh rhetoric and wild claims. But both parties and their candidates shed little light on the most important single qualification that’s needed to bring this country out of the dark passage of George W. Bush: leadership.

Russian invasion, just in time for summer

By Fred Hill on Aug. 20, 2008, at 11:40 p.m.
During two decades in the newspaper business, I developed a peculiar measuring rod for political, economic and international events: hold on to your hats on Fridays, August, holidays and election years — in that order.