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 
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Chat with David Ignatius about the war in Ukraine and foreign affairs

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October 10, 2022

Russia, drawn deeper into Ukraine, loses grip on conflict on its periphery

Russia’s failure to broker peace between Armenia and Azerbaijan underscores how the Ukraine war has hindered Moscow’s power along its borders.

September 30, 2022

The West should hunker down against Putin’s latest aggression

Patience is the West's secret weapon.

September 29, 2022

رأي | الاعتداءات على حرية الصحافة تتفاقم بشدة بعد مرور أربع سنوات على مقتل خاشقجي

إن حرية الصحافة قضية عالمية، ورواة الحقيقة في كل مكان بحاجة إلى دعمنا.

September 28, 2022

4 years after Khashoggi’s murder, assaults on press freedom are getting worse

Press freedom is a global problem — and that truth-tellers everywhere need our support

September 28, 2022

Will Putin survive this blunder in Ukraine? David Ignatius answered your questions.

David's Q&A with readers starts at 12 p.m. ET on Monday. Read the transcript now.

September 26, 2022

To confront Putin, Biden should study the Cuban missile crisis

Biden should draw a firm line — JFK never wavered on his demand that Soviet missiles be removed from Cuba — but also look for ways to de-escalate.

September 22, 2022

El plan de anexión de Putin es desesperado y peligroso

El presidente de Rusia, Vladimir Putin, se está quedando sin tiempo y sin buenas opciones en su invasión fallida a Ucrania. Por eso ahora se está apresurando a implementar un intento de anexión y una movilización de fuerzas militares.

September 22, 2022

Putin’s annexation plan is desperate and dangerous

The boxed-in Russian leader faces only bad options — with grave risks for the world.

September 21, 2022

The U.N. is getting Ukraine surprisingly right

Despite Russia's Security Council veto, the body has found effective ways to make a difference.

September 20, 2022