David Ignatius

Opinion writerWashington, D.C.


American firepower eases the pain of U.S. intelligence and planning mistakes.

  • Aug 28, 2015

Her use of a private e-mail server while secretary of state isn’t cause for a legal uproar.

  • Aug 27, 2015

This week’s global economic roller coaster may portend a test of the limits of power and diplomacy.

  • Aug 25, 2015

The great potential strength of a Biden 2016 campaign can be summed up in two words.

  • Aug 24, 2015

“Hosing” the markets with money doesn’t fix the underlying imbalances.

  • Aug 24, 2015

The United States has a history of mismanaging military support for rebel groups.

  • Aug 20, 2015

Both men talk tough, love attention and play to national pride.

  • Aug 18, 2015

A dispute between two centers of power.

  • Aug 14, 2015

Selahattin Demirtas accuses Recep Tayyip Erdogan of supporting the Islamic State.

  • Aug 13, 2015

William Finnegan captures the beauty, terror and freedom of surfing in a terrific new book.

  • Aug 11, 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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