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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: Spymasters' conclave on Syria

WASHINGTON — Western and Arab intelligence services that support Syria’s struggling opposition gathered for a two-day strategy meeting in Washington last week that appears to signal a stronger effort to back the rebels.

February 19, 2014 7:03 amLoading…

David Ignatius: Dispair, distrust clouds view from Halhul

HALHUL, West Bank — Hoping to understand the current Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in human terms, I made a visit last week to a Palestinian farmer named Hammadeh Kashkeesh, whom I first met 32 years ago. The encounter reminded me of the pain that's at the heart of this dispute, and how h…

February 03, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Congress, give diplomacy with Iran a chance

How do we stop Iran? Considering the threat that a nuclear-armed Iran would pose to Israel and the Middle East at-large, it’s a critical question to ask ourselves.

January 24, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Kerry will need a miracle to broker Mideast peace deal

Last weekend, like other fellow Jerusalemites, I was confined to my home, besieged by the horrendous snowstorm that plagued our city. When power was cut off in our Beit HaKerem neighborhood for two agonizing days, I proudly lit my wood-burning stove. For years, I have been a victim of ridicu…

December 24, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: On Syria, the plot thickened around U.S. threat

WASHINGTON — When the ancient Greek or Roman playwrights had painted themselves into a corner, plot-wise, they sometimes resorted to the device known as the deus ex machina, in which one of the gods was hoisted over the stage and dropped in to resolve the otherwise inchoate drama.

September 11, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Obama's Syrian agony: Only military options remain

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama surely didn’t want to offer his commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech on a day dominated by rumors of war. An armed conflict with the Syrian government, even of limited duration, was never part of Ob…

August 30, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

George F. Will: Egypt's military tyranny preferable to Morsi's

WASHINGTON — Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi knows neither Thomas Jefferson’s advice that “great innovations should not be forced on slender majorities” nor the description of Martin Van Buren as a politician who “rowed to his object with muffled oars.” Having won just 52 percent of…

July 11, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Obama playing for time in Syria

WASHINGTON — Critics are correct when they argue that President Barack Obama doesn’t have a strategy for military victory in Syria. The reality is that despite his decision to arm the opposition there, Obama is still playing for a negotiated diplomatic transition.

June 24, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Gov. Matt Mead headed to Middle East

Gov. Matt Mead headed to Middle East

CHEYENNE — Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead said he's heading to the Middle East for a weeklong trip to meet with energy industry officials about research that's going on at the University of Wyoming.

April 05, 2013 2:36 pmLoading…
Visit to Middle East finds people wanting to live and let live

Visit to Middle East finds people wanting to live and let live

For centuries, the Middle East has dazzled travelers and traders. In the past 100 years, millions of tourists have traversed the mystical and troubled land. Some seek wealth. Others seek enlightenment. Most answer the call of the land’s rich history, its wonders both natural and man-made.

January 20, 2013 12:05 am Photos

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Western Wall

Western Wall

An Israeli soldier takes time off to meditate next to a citizen or traveler at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. The wall, one of the most significant sites in the world for Jewish people, is a remnant of the wall that surrounded the Jewish temple, the Temple Mount. It has been …

January 20, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Cairo Museum and King Tut

Cairo Museum and King Tut

A statue of King Tut, at right, stands guard outside the Cairo Museum of Egyptian Antiquities. Among the treasures available for viewing at the museum are artifacts from the tomb of Tutankamun, Egypt's boy king. Across the street, a burned high rise reminds visitors of the revolution here tw…

January 20, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Shula and Yosh Wichman

Shula and Yosh Wichman

Shula and Yosh Wichman have deep ties to Israel. Shula was born in 1948 during the War of Independence, and Yosh immigrated from Poland, where family members were killed during the Holocaust.

January 20, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Traffic in Cairo

Traffic in Cairo

Traffic swarms a street in Cairo, Egypt. There are no rules, really, for parking, driving, moving or stopping.

January 20, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Blackened high rise

Blackened high rise

Immediately adjacent to the Cairo Museum of Egyptian Antiquities are the bombed remnants of an office building that was destroyed during the revolution two years ago.

January 20, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: Syrian defector's chilling report on chemical weapons

WASHINGTON — Reports from inside two Syrian chemical weapons facilities offer some chilling new evidence that President Bashar al-Assad's regime developed special vehicles last year for moving and mixing the weapons — and an unconfirmed allegation that Lebanese allies of the regime, presumab…

December 20, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
US may soon become world's top oil producer

US may soon become world's top oil producer

NEW YORK — U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest producer.

October 23, 2012 5:00 pmLoading…

David Ignatius: What Romney got right and wrong in foreign policy speech

CAIRO — I found many echoes of Barack Obama's Middle East policy in Mitt Romney's supposedly tough critique of it at Virginia Military Institute on Monday. I suppose that's reassuring — that Romney generally sees the same set of problems that Obama does, and in many cases would take pretty m…

October 12, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

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