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

David's Q&A with readers starts at 12 p.m. ET on Monday, August 22. Submit your questions now.

August 22, 2022

One year’s hindsight on Afghanistan: A good decision, horribly executed

The chaos of the U.S. departure stemmed from a failure to plan for disaster, along with the Pentagon and State Department working at cross purposes.

August 15, 2022

A southern offensive opens in the Ukraine war

The country's military is seeking to regain territory along the Black Sea coast.

August 11, 2022

Zawahiri’s death shows U.S. focus even two decades after 9/11

Zawahiri lacked the terrifying theatricality of bin Laden, but he was perhaps a truer portrait of the contained rage that fueled al-Qaeda.

August 2, 2022

China wants to ‘reduce misunderstanding’ with the U.S. It could start by talking.

Beijing wants to have it both ways as a superpower: Flexing its muscles without being seen as a bully.

July 22, 2022

There are too many wild cards to forecast the Ukraine war

The ultimate outcome of this bloody conflict remains uncertain.

July 19, 2022

Putin’s long game in Ukraine may not play out as he predicts

The Russian leader is betting that he can exhaust his adversaries and win in Ukraine. But if the West remains resolute in imposing sanctions, its long game could beat Putin's.

July 14, 2022

On eve of Biden visit, a court case shows the limits of Saudi tolerance

As the United States reengages with the kingdom, is Saudi Arabia ready to bury past feuds? Its dismissive language in a U.S.-based lawsuit suggests not.

July 12, 2022

Could a Marshall Plan for Ukraine pass? David Ignatius answered your questions.

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

July 11, 2022