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David Ignatius

David Ignatius: Stronger US, more pragmatic China may avoid conflict

BEIJING — This year began with some Chinese and American foreign policy analysts looking back a century to World War I and wondering if confrontation was inevitable between a rising power and a dominant one. But now there has been progress on climate, trade and security issues and what seems…

December 18, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: Necessary public accounting for CIA torture

WASHINGTON — A CIA medical officer who was assigned to monitor the interrogation of an al-Qaida operative named Abu Zubaida sent a message to his superiors on Aug. 4, 2002, the day the CIA first used the technique known as "waterboarding." He hauntingly titled his cable: "So it begins."

December 10, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: House intel panel losing best chairman

WASHINGTON — The House Intelligence Committee, a rare island of bipartisanship in recent years, may soon become a more confrontational arena with the retirement of its chairman, Rep. Mike Rogers.

December 08, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
David Ignatius: Can Sunni politicians counter extremism?

David Ignatius: Can Sunni politicians counter extremism?

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration's slow campaign against the Islamic State takes a small step forward this week as a leading Sunni politician visits Washington to urge support for a 10,000-member national guard force that could gradually help regain control of Mosul.

December 03, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
David Ignatius: West's sanctions continue while Iranian nuke talks at impasse

David Ignatius: West's sanctions continue while Iranian nuke talks at impasse

WASHINGTON — The Iran nuclear talks defy easy comparison: But think of a labor negotiation where it's too costly for workers to go on strike or for management to impose a lockout, so the two sides continue without a contract while negotiations proceed. The situation appears stable, but that'…

November 28, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
David Ignatius: What will be different in Iraq War III?

David Ignatius: What will be different in Iraq War III?

WASHINGTON — As the United States advances into its third war in Iraq in a quarter-century, it's important to have a mental checklist to assess whether U.S. strategy there can succeed. Right now, because of Iraq's continuing corruption and sectarianism, it's hard to be optimistic.

November 13, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
David Ignatius: Foriegn policy should top Obama's fourth-quarter agenda

David Ignatius: Foriegn policy should top Obama's fourth-quarter agenda

WASHINGTON — President Obama looked almost relieved after Tuesday’s election blowout. A man who has been perhaps the least political president in modern American history doesn’t have to worry about elections anymore.

November 10, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: The advantage of America's reluctant warrior

WASHINGTON — President Obama certainly didn't go looking for another war in the Middle East. Indeed, he contorted himself almost to the breaking point to avoid one. But as he explained to the country Wednesday night, he had no choice but to respond with "strength and resolve" to the barbarou…

September 12, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: Obama stepping warily onto the battlefield

WASHINGTON — For President Obama, this is gut-check time on Iraq. He is moving the nation back onto a pitiless battlefield, with a war plan that is long on good intentions and short on clarity about the ultimate mission.

September 09, 2014 1:03 pmLoading…

David Ignatius: Mulling a Ukraine policy in Colorado conference

ASPEN, Colo. — At the public kickoff of a discussion here about U.S. policy toward Russia and Ukraine, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates joked that his favorite definition of diplomacy was “petting a dog and saying ‘nice doggie’ until you can find a rock.”

August 20, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: Time for Netanyahu to make peace

WASHINGTON — Now it’s Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s turn to show that he has the vision and leadership to build a durable cease-fire that could empower Palestinian moderates and begin building a pathway from the hell on earth that is Gaza.

August 05, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: In troubled world, some optimism on Iran, Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — The world has been so chaotic lately that it was easy to overlook two U.S. diplomatic maneuvers — involving the turbulent nations of Afghanistan and Iran — that avoided what could have been dangerous ruptures.

July 29, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: Obama's cautious policy on global challenges

WASHINGTON — In President Obama's sometimes maddeningly cautious foreign policy, you can see him struggling to answer what may be the hardest question of his presidency: How should the United States project power in a disorderly world without making the same mistakes it did in Iraq and Afghanistan?

July 11, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: Charismatic ISIS terrorist operates like mobster

WASHINGTON — A glimpse of the passionate loyalty inspired by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the insurgent group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, comes in a recent video made by a 20-year-old Muslim recruit from the British city of Cardiff, Wales.

June 26, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: Obama must act now to start stabilizing Iraq

WASHINGTON — What would an effective, quick response to the catastrophic civil wars in Iraq and Syria look like? Sometimes in foreign policy, as in sports, it can be useful to visualize the right technique and then hit the ball.

June 20, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: History argues for crisis conference in shattering Middle East

WASHINGTON — Let’s look at the reality on the ground in the Middle East: Iraq and Syria are effectively partitioned along sectarian lines; Lebanon and Yemen are close to fracturing; Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia survive intact, but as increasingly authoritarian states.

June 19, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: Our cycles of national worry about military power

WASHINGTON — When CBS News brought Dwight Eisenhower back to Normandy for the 20th anniversary of the D-Day landings in 1964, you might have expected the former commander of Allied forces to conclude with a triumphal comment. Instead, CBS captured an anguished Eisenhower against the backdrop…

June 06, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: Neutral solution: A Finland model for Ukraine?

WASHINGTON — After months of war fever over Ukraine, perhaps the biggest surprise is that citizens there will be voting to choose a new government in elections that observers predict will be free and fair in most areas.

May 22, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: Nightmare terrorist group grows in Syria

WASHINGTON — The chamber of horrors of the Syrian civil war has spawned a terrorist group so extreme that it has been rejected even by al-Qaida — and this toxic group is now establishing a safe haven in the city of Raqqah in northern Syria that could soon be used to attack foreign targets.

May 15, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: Gangs take over in Iraq's never-ending war

AMMAN, Jordan — Iraq appears to be slipping back into civil war, and Sheik Zaydan Aljabiri, one of the political leaders of the Sunni insurgent group known as the Tribal Revolutionaries, seems confident that his side is winning.

April 29, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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