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David Ignatius

Opinion writerWashington, D.C.


Negotiations give hope for a cease-fire in Syria and a new president in Lebanon.

  • Dec 1, 2015

Amidst the chaos, these young activists are working for peace.

  • Nov 26, 2015

His anti-Muslim rhetoric hampers intelligence officers’ work to keep us safe, just as the terrorists want.

  • Nov 24, 2015

Diplomatic negotiations are making progress.

  • Nov 20, 2015

Forces fighting the Islamic State need drones, but they should also study history books.

  • Nov 19, 2015

In many cases, attacks were ordered after U.S. intelligence learned that Islamic State facilitators were recruiting “lone wolf” volunteers to stage attacks similar to last Friday’s assaults in Paris.

  • Nov 18, 2015

Some Republicans and other Westerners have shown shameful intolerance.

  • Nov 16, 2015

The Syria talks are as delicate as building a house of cards.

  • Nov 12, 2015

Republican denunciations of him avoid the deeper problems.

  • Nov 10, 2015

Few men have changed the world more through the force of their personality than Ahmed Chalabi did.

  • Nov 5, 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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