David Ignatius

Opinion writerWashington, DC

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His short-term push for a cease-fire in Gaza is a colossal mistake.

  • Jul 28, 2014

The world’s in chaos, but because of John Kerry the outlook in Afghanistan and Iran is better.

  • Jul 24, 2014

The elusive motivation of British double agent Kim Philby.

  • Jul 24, 2014

Now, the U.S. and Germany must be more transparent.

  • Jul 22, 2014

Former head of Israeli military intelligence says Israel should back a Palestinian unity government.

  • Jul 21, 2014

Tougher sanctions may mean a colder winter in Europe.

  • Jul 17, 2014

Leaders are being forced to see -- and hopefully, discuss -- the unintended consequences of war.

  • Jul 17, 2014

There is no prize for good intention; performance is what matters.

  • Jul 15, 2014

His counterterrorism blueprint looks good, on paper. Yet it hasn’t achieved its goals.

  • Jul 10, 2014

What happens when hopes for a negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict collapse?

  • Jul 9, 2014

Rethinking Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points.

  • Jul 8, 2014

The country now faces dangerous instability.

  • Jul 3, 2014

The attorney general’s agenda at the Justice Dept. is clearer.

  • Jul 1, 2014

As Shimon Peres takes a final bow in Washington, an era comes to an end.

  • Jun 26, 2014

ISIS’s leader inspires intense loyalty to his cause.

  • Jun 24, 2014

The former defense secretary says the deal to get back Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was too high, but he credits the administration’s approach toward Iraq.

  • Jun 24, 2014

The first step: Get rid of Maliki.

  • Jun 19, 2014

As century-old borders dissolve, world powers should come together to discuss the way forward.

  • Jun 17, 2014

The two groups still see violent attacks, especially on the U.S., as their best recruiting card.

  • Jun 13, 2014

The collapse of Iraq is of the prime minister’s own making.

  • Jun 12, 2014
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About David

David Ignatius writes a twice-a-week foreign affairs column and contributes to the PostPartisan blog. Ignatius has also written eight spy novels: “Bloodmoney” (2011), “The Increment” (2009), “Body of Lies ” (2007), “The Sun King” (1999), “A Firing Offense” (1997), “The Bank of Fear” (1994), “SIRO” (1991), and “Agents of Innocence” (1987). Body of Lies was made into a 2008 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe.

Ignatius joined The Post in 1986 as editor of its Sunday Outlook section. In 1990 he became foreign editor, and in 1993, assistant managing editor for business news. He began writing his column in 1998 and continued even during a three-year stint as executive editor of the International Herald Tribune in Paris. Earlier in his career, Ignatius was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, covering at various times the steel industry, the Justice Department, the CIA, the Senate, the Middle East and the State Department.

Ignatius grew up in Washington, D.C., and studied political theory at Harvard College and economics at Kings College, Cambridge. He lives in Washington with his wife and has three daughters.