David Ignatius

Opinion writerWashington, D.C.


Sidney Blumenthal’s e-mail exchange with Hillary Clinton about Libya reveals Imperial Washington.

  • May 26, 2015

Making presidential debate rules more flexible could give more moderates a chance.

  • May 21, 2015

The fight between the State Department and the Pentagon is an embarrassment.

  • May 20, 2015

A year after Mosul fell, the Iraq army and U.S. strategy collapse again.

  • May 19, 2015

Waffling or evading won’t serve her or those she wants to represent.

  • May 14, 2015

The Camp David summit of Arab leaders could have been an arena for confrontation, but it instead proved to be the opposite.

  • May 14, 2015

Celebrating personal freedom to fight the group’s “brand appeal.”

  • May 12, 2015

Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey finally come together to back rebels.

  • May 12, 2015

Some provocative ideas from leading counterterrorism strategists.

  • May 12, 2015

The Israeli prime minister, so powerful in the United States, is struggling at home.

  • May 7, 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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