- By Yochi Dreazen
Yochi Dreazen is a Managing Editor for News at Foreign Policy. He is also writer-in-residence at the Center for a New American Security. His book about military suicide was published by Random House's Crown division in 2014.
Prior to joining Foreign Policy, Dreazen was a contributing editor at the Atlantic and the senior national security correspondent for National Journal. He began his career at the Wall Street Journal and spent 11 years at the newspaper, most recently as its military correspondent. He was born in Chicago, and later attended the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, he edited the award-winning daily campus newspaper and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1999 with degrees in History and English. He was hired by the Wall Street Journal immediately after graduation. Dreazen arrived in Iraq in April 2003 with the Fourth Infantry Division, and spent the next two years living in Baghdad as the Wall Street Journal's main Iraq correspondent.
Dreazen has made more than 12 lengthy trips to Iraq and Afghanistan and has spent a total of nearly four years on the ground in the two countries, mostly doing front-line combat embeds. He has reported from more than 20 countries, including Pakistan, Russia, China, Israel, Japan, Turkey, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia.
In 2010, Dreazen received the Military Reporters & Editors association’s top award for domestic military reporting in a large publication for a series of articles about military suicide and the psychological traumas impacting veterans of the two long wars. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Smithsonian, Tablet and the New Republic and he appears regularly on TV and radio programs such as NPR's Diane Rehm Show and PBS' Washington Week with Gwen Ifill. Dreazen gives frequent lectures about journalism, the wars and current events to both civilian and military audiences.
Dreazen lives in Washington with his wife, Annie Rosenzweig Dreazen, and their beloved Golden Retriever, Charlie.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff indefinitely postponed a planned state visit to Washington, the latest fallout from the ongoing release of classified documents by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
Rousseff had been scheduled to visit the White House in late October, but she abruptly put off the trip Tuesday because of allegations that Snowden had documents showing that the NSA had routinely read emails and text messages between Rousseff and her top advisors and eavesdropped on their phone calls. Secretary of John Kerry traveled to Brazil in August as part of an attempt to tamp down public fury over earlier reports about purported U.S. spying, but his efforts weren’t enough to persuade Rousseff to go ahead with her trip.
In a statement announcing the delay, the White House said that President Obama "understands and regrets the concerns disclosures of alleged U.S. intelligence activities have generated in Brazil" but was committed to working with Rousseff to "move beyond this issue as a source of tension in our bilateral relationship." The statement said that the trip had been postponed until the two sides could agree on a new date, but it gave no indication of when that might be.
Brazil is one of the wealthiest and most powerful countries in Latin America, so Rousseff’s decision to postpone her visit – and her obvious anger at the U.S. — has potentially far-reaching implications for Washington’s standing and influence in the region. It is extremely rare for a head of state to call off an already-scheduled state visit, so the move is also a profound embarrassment for the administration.
The delay comes just two weeks after journalist Glenn Greenwald told a popular Brazilian TV station that Snowden possessed classified materials showing that the NSA had listened in on Rousseff’s communications with her aides, as well as on conversations between the advisors themselves.
Greenwald’s allegations sparked widespread fury in Brazil. The country’s foreign minister, Minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo, said at the time that the purported spying was an "inadmissible and unacceptable violation of Brazilian sovereignty."
"The Brazilian government wants prompt, formal explanations in relation to the facts revealed in the report," he said then.
The Obama administration has spent months trying to ease widespread Brazilian anger over purported NSA spying efforts, but the issue has continued to cloud Washington’s relationship with the Latin American power. When Kerry visited the country in August, the Associated Press reported that protesters massed outside the Foreign Minister and shouted "go away, spies" as his delegation drove away from the facility.