Jason Willick

Opinion columnist

Education: Stanford University, BA

Jason Willick writes a regular Washington Post column on legal issues, political ideas and foreign affairs. Before coming to The Post in 2022, he was an editorial writer and assistant editorial features editor for the Wall Street Journal, and before that a staff writer and associate editor at the American Interest.
Latest from Jason Willick

Did Ron DeSantis really flip-flop on Russia and Ukraine?

The Republican supported arming Ukraine after Russia's seizure of Crimea in 2014. But his current stance is not so contradictory as critics claim.

March 18, 2023

What the misinformation scare reveals about faith in democracy

Study finds that people who see the greatest social threat from misinformation tend to be those who have gravest doubts about ordinary people's common sense.

March 12, 2023

How Israel’s culture war turns America’s upside-down

If some Christians fear becoming a minority in the United States, it’s secular Israelis who worry about the country’s increasingly religious trajectory.

March 5, 2023

How one Republican senator wants to hold his party together on Ukraine

Sen. Tom Cotton favors arming Ukraine to strike deep into Russia, hastening the war's end and freeing the United States to focus on the threat from China.

February 25, 2023

How Biden’s Ukraine strategy benefits from Republican opposition

The president's caution runs counter to his soaring rhetoric about the war. Luckily, he has GOP critics to use as a foil.

February 20, 2023

The conservative challenge to liberalism goes deeper than self-interest

New studies reveal a fascinating conservative-liberal divide on two important procedural norms — federalism and free speech — and the partisan interests served.

February 12, 2023

American politics has a special counsel problem

Even when investigators have a reputation for independence and neutrality, their involvement in politics inevitably clouds matters better resolved by Congress.

February 6, 2023

What if the crisis of democracy is (mostly) in our heads?

New research finds that democracy worldwide is more resilient than headlines suggest, and perceptions of its backsliding might hinge on subjective measures.

January 30, 2023

Why the U.S. must calculate a ‘solvency’ risk as it arms Ukraine

As U.S. military hardware is drawn down to support Ukraine, foreign policy "insolvency" might need to figure into the calculus about risks elsewhere.

January 19, 2023

How the new GOP House panel could target a real threat to democracy

Those probing the weaponization of the federal government should focus on executive-branch agencies and internet firms collaborating to control speech online.

January 13, 2023