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

What CIA officers thought of the presidents they briefed

A revealing agency study contains some zingers about how our leaders behave within veil of secrecy

December 2, 2021

Why the CIA is so worried about Russia and Ukraine

Reports of the Russian buildup on Ukraine's border couldn't come at a worse time for the Biden administration's efforts to improve relations with Vladimir Putin.

November 30, 2021

An Afghan girl grew up to be her country’s U.S. ambassador. Now, she watches progress lost.

The Taliban may hope she’ll quit, but Adela Raz still goes to the embassy in Washington every day, talking about her country’s plight and trying to help its women.

November 25, 2021

Biden’s choice for Fed chair is a smart and overdue break with the left of his party

After a rocky few months, Biden seizes back some authority to do the right thing, no matter bickering on the left and right.

November 22, 2021

The U.S. is warning Russia on Ukraine. So far, the message isn’t getting through.

With Russian troops massed on the Ukraine border, the Biden administration is caught between its desire to deter a Russian invasion and its hope for progress with Russian President Vladimir Putin on other fronts.

November 18, 2021

Biden maneuvers to avoid the unintended conflict with China

Maybe the Chinese leader is playing the president, but it was still good news that Xi Jinping welcomed the invitation to talk about how to avoid accidental hostilities.

November 16, 2021

A great-power game is already underway in space

Space is the new high ground of great-power conflict.

November 15, 2021

Xi’s heavy-handed reforms of China’s tech sector could have an upside for the U.S.

There's a risk in imposing change with the iron fist of a police state.

November 9, 2021

The attempted assassination of Iraq’s prime minister backfired spectacularly

The drone attack on Mustafa al-Kadhimi's life has only strengthened his political standing.

November 8, 2021

No one wants a war over Taiwan. But that won’t last forever.

The problem with Taiwan is that the real world keeps intervening in all sides' tacit agreement to suspend disbelief.

November 4, 2021