David Ignatius

Washington, D.C.

Columnist covering foreign affairs

Education: Harvard College; Kings College, Cambridge

David Ignatius writes a twice-a-week foreign affairs column for The Washington Post. Ignatius has written 11 spy novels: “The Paladin” (2020), “The Quantum Spy,” (2017), “The Director,” (2014), “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 
Latest from David Ignatius

Biden is failing politically, and not just because of Republican obstruction

The inability to pass a bill helping the United States compete with China in chipmaking is a symptom of the problem — and a test.

January 13, 2022

As the U.S. and Russia debate Ukraine, it’s hard to see the wiggle room

But there might be a way forward — if the Russian leader can accept security guarantees and stop trying to rewrite history.

January 11, 2022

Russia may have bolstered its hand in Kazakhstan. But the danger remains high.

Keeping the former Soviet republic stable is easier said than done.

January 8, 2022

Biden wants to turn Ukraine into a porcupine

Crimea was a pushover for Russia in 2014, but a lot has changed since then.

January 6, 2022

The gears of justice can grind down the forces of insurrection

Good, methodical work is being done, but it's time to start working up the ladder.

January 4, 2022

What strange things does 2022 have in store for us? Take this quiz and find out.

Predicting the future is hard, whether it's about North Korea, space warfare or presidential politics.

December 30, 2021

The Navy SEALs, a Christmas story

As the SEALs reinvented themselves, they focused on new missions for a world where counterterrorism is no longer the overriding priority.

December 23, 2021

Biden’s foreign policy: The tough guy vs. the pussycat

The new administration has had "quite a year" in foreign policy, from mending frayed alliances to botching the withdrawal from Afghanistan.

December 21, 2021

The Biden administration weighs backing Ukraine insurgents if Russia invades

A problem that bedeviled the United States in Iraq and Afghanistan could be Putin's problem if he orders troops to enter Ukraine.

December 19, 2021

In Afghanistan, the U.S. struggles to be generous in defeat

Too much time has been wasted as Afghanistan heads toward disaster.

December 17, 2021