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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: 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.

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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.

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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.

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Families postpone Christmas celebrations until Wyoming Guard unit returns in February

Families postpone Christmas celebrations until Wyoming Guard unit returns in February

Lori Olson didn’t raise her artificial Christmas tree this year.

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David Ignatius: Obama's relentlessly pragmatic diplomacy

ABU DHABI — This has been a year when America re-embraced diplomacy after a frustrating decade of war, displaying a relentlessly pragmatic approach that recalls the days of such deal-making former secretaries of state as Henry Kissinger and James A. Baker III.

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David Ignatius: Obama's diplomatic opportunity in Persian Gulf

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is approaching one of those moments when a big turn in foreign policy is possible. People can debate whether it's the equivalent of the opening to China or the end of the Cold War, but there's no doubt that this is a time of opportunity — and that, as the …

October 07, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Saudi MSUB students celebrate by sharing food, culture

Saudi MSUB students celebrate by sharing food, culture

When students at Montana State University made their way into the cafeteria on Monday evening for dinner, they may have been presented with a few new menu options before leaving with a handful of small gifts.

September 23, 2013 3:40 pm Photos

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MSU Billings plans programs on Islam

Montana State University Billings plans a series of programs on Islam and the Middle East through March.

February 25, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: Women on council a powerful symbol for Saudis

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Recently, Saudi Arabia saw something that people in the kingdom often talk about but rarely witness — a potentially important political reform.

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Rocky Mountain Labs scientists studying deadly new virus

HAMILTON — Scientists at Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton are scrambling to research and understand a deadly new virus that has sparked fears of a new SARS-like outbreak.

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From the Editor: In Billings, history sometimes repeats itself

Did you ever wonder what the Wall Street Journal has to say about Billings?

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Will the oil boom make western North Dakota the new Egypt?

The Bakken shale oil boom in western North Dakota and Eastern Montana could help make the United States the top oil-producing nation in the world, surpassing even Russia, in second place now, and the current leader, Saudi Arabia.

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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…
Yellowstone Electric has thrived for 75 years by looking outside comfort zone

Yellowstone Electric has thrived for 75 years by looking outside comfort zone

"Change or die" is the mantra of modern business consultants.

October 14, 2012 12:10 am Photos

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David Ignatius: Annan floats 1 more plan to avert Syrian civil war

ISTANBUL — Kofi Annan is tinkering with a radical idea for reviving his moribund peace plan for Syria — a road map for political transition there that would be negotiated through a “contact group” that could include, among other nations, Russia and Iran.

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David Ignatius: Rising instability complicates Middle East politics

WASHINGTON — The Middle East sometimes resembles a string of detonators wired to explode together — and this seems especially true now of Syria and its neighbors.

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Saudi students from MSUB enthrall second graders at McKinley Elementary

Saudi students from MSUB enthrall second graders at McKinley Elementary

Students in Tanya Watt’s second grade class at McKinley Elementary listened politely for a few minutes while Fahad Al Anazi explained what life was like in Saudi Arabian primary schools.

April 10, 2012 5:00 pm Photos

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David Ignatius: Sanctions will make it a tough year for Iran

WASHINGTON — The squeeze is already beginning on Iran’s oil exports — and guess which nation quietly reduced its purchases from Tehran this month. Why, that would be China, Iran’s supposed protector.

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Keystone job numbers disputed in 'Pipe Dreams' report

The Keystone XL pipeline that would run from Canada through Montana to Texas is being sold largely on claims it would bring 20,000 direct jobs to a job-desperate United States.

January 06, 2012 7:00 pmLoading…

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