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War And Unrest

George Will: Nature's creative danger

WASHINGTON — Although the Ebola virus might remain mostly confined to West Africa, it has infected the Western imagination. This eruption of uncontrolled nature into what developed nations consider serene modernity is more disturbing to the emotional serenity of multitudes than it is threate…

August 14, 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: Kerry blunders in pushing too quickly for Mideast ceasefire

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry has made a significant mistake in how he's pursuing a Gaza cease-fire — and it's not surprising that he has upset both the Israelis and some moderate Palestinians.

July 30, 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…
War College to investigate Walsh plagiarism allegations

War College to investigate Walsh plagiarism allegations

HELENA — Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid an investigation into whether he plagiarized a research project required for a master's degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor who appointed him to the Senate earlier this year.

July 24, 2014 6:18 pmLoading…
Ukraine: 295 on Malaysia plane shot down over east

Ukraine: 295 on Malaysia plane shot down over east

In this Nov. 15, 2012 photo, the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 with tail number 9M-MRD _ the same aircraft that was shot down near the Ukraine Russia border on Thursday, July 17, 2014 _ takes off from Los Angeles International Airport. Ukraine said the passenger plane was shot down Thursd…

July 17, 2014 1:09 pmLoading…

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: 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…

David Ignatius: Fighting anew for democracy against pugnacious Putin

BRUSSELS — President Obama has spoken once again during the Ukraine crisis about being on the right "side of history." It's one of his signature lines, but he should stop: The phrase implies there's an inevitability to the advance of progress and justice. Would that it were so.

March 28, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: On 11th anniversary: Congress, clean up your war

Eleven years have passed since the United States invaded Iraq in an unprovoked, unnecessary, unconstitutional action that violated international law.

March 19, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: In Syria, a moderate rebel with a just cause

WASHINGTON — With the Ukraine crisis, any fleeting hope that the U.S. and Russia could soon broker a political settlement in Syria has vanished. The U.S. needs an alternate strategy for strengthening Syrian moderates who can resist both the brutal Bashar al-Assad regime and al-Qaida extremists.

March 13, 2014 2:33 pmLoading…

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…
When do nuclear missteps put security in jeopardy?

When do nuclear missteps put security in jeopardy?

WASHINGTON — At what point do breakdowns in discipline put the country's nuclear security in jeopardy?

January 20, 2014 4:45 pm Related Loading…

Guest opinion: Snowden’s action protected democracy

WASHINGTON — Edward Snowden is a courageous American hero and will be remembered as one long after the “war on terror” is replaced by some other pretext for violating Americans’ constitutional rights and the rest of the world’s national sovereignty, privacy and, sometimes, security.

January 15, 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…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Mission accomplished: The tea party shutdown

WASHINGTON — The Tea Party Republicans should hang a “Mission Accomplished” banner across the House of Representatives. They could flank it with large portraits of Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican who has in fact, if not in name, replaced John Boehner as speaker of the House. The right-wi…

October 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: Presidential puzzler: Pundits count even Obama successes as failures

WASHINGTON — How did it happen that less than a year after Barack Obama convincingly won re-election, his every move as president now draws hoots and catcalls from nearly every point on the political spectrum?

September 17, 2013 4:02 pmLoading…

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