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L. Todd Wood

L. Todd Wood

L. Todd Wood, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, flew special operations helicopters supporting SEAL Team 6, Delta Force and others. After leaving the military, he pursued his other passion, finance, spending 18 years on Wall Street trading emerging market debt, and later, writing. The first of his many thrillers is "Currency." Todd is a contributor to Fox Business, Newsmax TV, Moscow Times, the New York Post, the National Review, Zero Hedge and others. For more information about L. Todd Wood, visit

Articles by L. Todd Wood

Jazz festival in Moscow

L. TODD WOOD: Do you remember?

While conducting some reporting on the former Soviet Union, I recently had the distinct pleasure of being invited to a free jazz, big band concert in Moscow, held during one of many music festivals Published October 11, 2015

Sderot, Israel, on the Gaza border, in July 2014. (Photo by L. Todd Wood)

L. TODD WOOD: The rockets from Gaza begin again

To continue on our reporting on terrorist violence in Israel, spurred by the lack of American leadership in the Middle East, on Friday the first rocket in months from Gaza landed in Israel. It seems Hamas, which controls the territory, has decided to get involved in the outbreak of attacks on Jews in Jerusalem and elsewhere in the Jewish State. Published October 10, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference at his office in Jerusalem, Israel, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov) ** FILE **

L. TODD WOOD: Terrorist attacks in Jerusalem and greater Israel explode

We wrote here last week about the possibility of a significant increase in violence against Israel as the Obama administration leaves the Middle East to the clutches of the new axis of Russia, Iran and the Assad regime in Syria. The only real democracy in the region is left to fend for itself. Published October 9, 2015

This image taken from video provided by the Syrian activist-based media group Syrian Revolutionary Command Council in Hama, which has-been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows smoke rising after a Russian airstrike hit buildings in the town of Latamna in the area of Hama in Eastern Syria, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. (Syrian Revolutionary Command Council in Hama via AP Video) MANDATORY CREDIT

L. TODD WOOD: Russia, Iran planned Syria assault during nuclear talks

The situation on the ground in Syria for the Assad regime had been deteriorating for some time as rebel forces advanced and inflicted significant losses on Syrian government forces, threatening Russia's naval base in Tartus and Iran's influence in the region. Published October 7, 2015

Putin outwits Obama on Iranian missile deal illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

L. TODD WOOD: Vladimir Putin, the chess master

For sometime, I have been saying the last few years of the Obama administration would be a very dangerous time for America and the world because of the complete abdication of American leadership on the global stage. Now, it is coming true due to the mastery of the great game by Vladimir Putin. Published October 6, 2015

Soviet Union and Russian Victory banner

L. TODD WOOD: The communists among us

OK, watch out! Incoming! I'm going to let them have it, full bore. Having just spent a month in the former Soviet Union, specifically Russia and Ukraine, I'm going to say some things that many Americans won't want to hear. But these things need to be said. As the old saying goes, truth is the best medicine. Published October 2, 2015

L. TODD WOOD: Ukraine hopes Russia joins debt deal

After completing a grueling debt renegotiation with its international creditors, Ukraine still has a large mountain to climb solving the problem of the $3 billion bond with Russia. Published October 2, 2015

The shell of pre-revolutionary building in Mariupol, Ukraine. (Photo by L. Todd Wood)

L. TODD WOOD: War Is ending in Ukraine

Pro-Russian rebel forces and the Ukrainian government have signed an agreement to withdraw weapons under 100mm caliber from the contact line in East Ukraine. I have met with and spoken with Ukrainian military sources here in Mariupol and can confirm this is beginning to happen. This development effectively ends the armed portion of the conflict in East Ukraine between Kyiv and pro-Russian separatists for the time being. Published October 1, 2015

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

North Korean defector: ‘Regime will collapse within 10 years’

According to a recent defector from the hermit regime of North Korea, Kim Jong-un's brutal purge of the elite upper-echelon ranks within the Stalinist state has weakened his support among those in power and the people themselves. Published September 30, 2015

Artem Sytnyk, head of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU)

L. TODD WOOD: Can this man save Ukraine?

Svitlana meets me at the building entrance, sharply dressed and professional. I find out later that she is a volunteer, hoping to earn a position at the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU). Published September 25, 2015

President Barack Obama meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, Monday, June 17, 2013. Obama and Putin discussed the ongoing conflict in Syria during their bilateral meeting. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

L. TODD WOOD: Obama to get Mideast marching orders from Putin

Now that President Obama has abdicated American leadership in the Middle East and wasted thousands of lives and a trillion dollars in the process, he has agreed to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin during his upcoming trip to New York City for a speech at the United Nations. Published September 24, 2015