David Ignatius

Opinion writerWashington, D.C.


As weak governance structures have buckled, extremist groups have become more powerful.

  • Apr 16, 2015

The Democratic favorite must move to define herself and her policy views.

  • Apr 14, 2015

Director John Brennan’s plan for organizational changes might actually add layers of bureaucracy.

  • Apr 9, 2015

President Obama must navigate a way forward with other Middle East players and Congress in mind.

  • Apr 7, 2015

The nuclear framework with Iran still lacks that final handshake.

  • Apr 2, 2015

An agreement on Iran’s nuclear program is important, but the process of engagement is significant, too.

  • Mar 31, 2015

Japan’s prime minister has worthy goals but he isn’t strong on results yet.

  • Mar 26, 2015

The complete transcript of the Post columnist’s conversation with Japan’s leader.

  • Mar 26, 2015

The Tikrit campaign appears to be the first significant overreach in Iraq by the Iranians.

  • Mar 26, 2015

How the alliance should respond to the threat to Ukraine from Putin’s Russia is unclear.

  • Mar 24, 2015
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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.
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