The Washington Post

David Ignatius

Opinion writerWashington, D.C.


Lew outlined in an interview the message he will take to the gathering in Chengdu this weekend of finance ministers.

  • Jul 22, 2016

James Clapper says the U.S. should prepare for more violence by al-Qaeda, the Islamic State and successor groups.

  • Jul 21, 2016

The U.S. has few good choices in combating the al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra.

  • Jul 19, 2016

The U.S. relationship with Turkey just got more complicated.

  • Jul 18, 2016

The angry populism that led the British to vote against their own interests could hold sway here in November.

  • Jul 7, 2016

Secretary Mabus had the foresight to switch the Navy’s reliance on fossil fuels.

  • Jul 5, 2016

The U.S. and its allies have been handed an opportunity to broaden the anti-Islamist alliance, but they must be careful about a deeper alliance with Russia.

  • Jul 5, 2016

The attackers were trying to drive a wedge. But so far, the split they may have wanted hasn’t happened.

  • Jun 29, 2016

Mohammed bin Salman has a bold vision for the kingdom. Can he pull it off?

  • Jun 28, 2016

Modern politicians in Britain and on the continent should be thinking about change.

  • Jun 21, 2016
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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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