Latest from David Ignatius
  • Opinion

Xi Jinping’s disturbing Maoist turn

It took China four decades to recover from Mao's social engineering. Now, its leader is following Mao's messianic, authoritarian path.
  • Sep 21, 2021
  • Opinion

Gen. Milley’s stress test

Milley’s efforts took him into dangerous constitutional terrain that no soldier should have to patrol, edging close to violating the sacrosanct principle ­of civilian control of the military.
  • Sep 18, 2021
  • Opinion

A new U.S. alliance responding to the Chinese threat reignites ages-old tensions with France

The centerpiece of the “AUKUS” agreement was a plan to jointly develop nuclear submarines for Australia. That scuttled a 2016 French deal to build less-advanced conventional subs, and Paris was furious.
  • Sep 16, 2021
  • Opinion

The UAE’s Machiavellian journey from ‘Little Sparta’ to ‘Little Singapore’

The United Arab Emirates was once combative. Now it's making friends with former adversaries like Turkey and Israel — evidence of a global shift to pragmatism in foreign policy.
  • Sep 14, 2021
  • Opinion

On the anniversary of 9/11, radical pessimism is a mistake

The United States learned useful lessons in Afghanistan, but also some bitter truths.
  • Sep 9, 2021
  • Opinion

Biden badly needs a new beginning

A rough month has upped the stakes for congressional maneuvering on infrastructure and social spending.
  • Sep 7, 2021
  • Opinion

The best way for the U.S. to deal with the Taliban? Carefully and mostly invisibly.

The U.S can't treat the Taliban as a permanent enemy. But the Taliban needs to prove it deserves U.S. trust and support.
  • Sep 2, 2021
  • Opinion

Don’t compound the Afghanistan mistake by fighting the last war

For a change, the Taliban has the urgently ticking watches in Afghanistan; the United States has the time to get it right.
  • Aug 31, 2021
  • Opinion

At a badly shaken White House, ‘sadness and horror’

The administration had warning an attack was coming — and still couldn't stop prevent the carnage.
  • Aug 26, 2021
  • Opinion

Can the Taliban become a reliable partner to the U.S.? Only time will tell.

So far, American officials are working with the Taliban to bring some order to Afghanistan. It's not clear whether that will last or what the future relationship will look like.
  • Aug 24, 2021