Articles by Fred Hill
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 …
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 …
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.
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. …
By Fred Hill on March 02, 2009, at 11:12 a.m.
As if they don’t have enough on their plate, the leaders of President Obama’s national security team are obliged to produce a new national security strategy by mid-year. Administrations since Richard Nixon’s have prepared such documents – presumably an overarching strategy to deal with the wide array of threats and ...
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?
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 …
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.
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.”
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.
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.