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David Ignatius writes about international affairs and U.S. foreign policy for The Washington Post op-ed page.


Building a culture of tolerance in the Mideast

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

After weeks of exhilarating scenes from Tahrir Square, Egypt offered a reality check last week that shows how hard the transition to democracy will be in the Arab world: The essential ingredient will be a culture of tolerance - and a spirit of unity that overcomes political, religious and other d...

A transition for Arab economies

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

How a European bank could help the Arab Spring bear fruit.

Obama's low-key strategy for the Middle East

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

President Obama has been so low-key in his pronouncements about events in Egypt and Libya that it's easy to miss the extent of the shift in U.S. strategy. In supporting the wave of change sweeping the Arab world, despite the wariness of traditional allies such as Israel and Saudi Arabia, Obama is...

U.S., Pakistan could use a Muslim ritual to resolve Raymond Davis case

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Could an ancient Muslim practice resolve the case of an arrested CIA contractor?

In Lebanon, Hezbollah is watching, and waiting out, the Arab uprisings

Mon, 28 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

The militant group takes stock of how Arab uprisings could affect its goals.

Will Syria become more democratic?

Sun, 27 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

President Assad has skillfully followed a strategy to keep the peace in the streets.

A tough balancing act for Jordan

Thu, 24 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

King Abdullah must juggle the old guard and new reformers if he wants stability.

Egypt's unknown element

Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

CAIRO For much of the past 30 years, the shadowy Muslim Brotherhood was almost a raison d'etre for the regime of President Hosni Mubarak: Egypt needed a strong authoritarian government, the argument went, or it would be hijacked by Islamic radicals. That bugaboo went out the window with Mubarak's...

In Egypt, real politics is about to begin

Thu, 17 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

A united uprising is over. Now real politics begins.

With help from the U.S., Egypt can gain a republic

Thu, 10 Feb 2011 20:00:00 EST

How the U.S. can help the protesters in Cairo build a new republic.

In the Middle East, a Catch-22 for the CIA

Thu, 10 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

The agency's caught in a jam that's emblematic of America's Mideast problem.

Egypt through Obama's lens

Thu, 03 Feb 2011 20:00:00 EST

Obama looks at the Egyptian drama through an unusual lens.

The Arab revolution grows up

Wed, 02 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

The military is the right ally for protesters seeking stability and change.

Warily watching the Arab revolt

Thu, 27 Jan 2011 20:00:00 EST

There's a sense of inevitability about this revolution.

Ike was right: Defense spending must be cut

Wed, 26 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

In this season of budget politics, defense spending must be cut.

Amid the wining and dining of Hu Jintao, a display of American 'smart power'

Fri, 21 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

Hu's visit should counter those claiming we're fated to combat a rising China.

A remedy for Tucsons: Reaching out before tragedy

Thu, 20 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

How communities can reach out to the mentally ill, without depriving them of their legal rights.

India and Pakistan on the brink

Sun, 16 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

NEW DELHI Everything is going right these days for India, except for one big problem: It is living next to a Pakistan that is coming apart politically, and Indian leaders insist with a tone of resignation that there's nothing they can do about it.

We ignore the Jared Loughners among us

Thu, 13 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

We ignore people like Jared Loughner to our own detriment.

Buying time with Iran

Sun, 09 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

The Obama administration has concluded that Iran's nuclear program has been slowed by a combination of sanctions, sabotage and Iran's own technical troubles. Because of the delay, U.S. officials see what one describes as "a little bit of space" before any military showdown with Iran.

Restarting the economic machine

Wed, 05 Jan 2011 20:00:00 EST

We are ready to start the economic engine again. But is it fully fixed?

Transforming U.S. military might into 21st-century weapons

Sun, 02 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

Alight-bulb moment for me last year was hearing a Chinese defense expert named Dingli Shen in Shanghai talk about the future of warfare.

Honing our plan for Afghanistan

Wed, 29 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

His Afghanistan campaign plan is so dispersed that it's easy to miss what's happening.

Obama's foreign policy spine

Sun, 26 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

Recent foreign policy moves have allowed Obama to show some backbone.

Sergey Kolesnikov's tale of palatial corruption, Russian style

Thu, 23 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

A whistleblower's tale of Vladimir Putin's palace -- and the crisis of corruption.

Progress in Afghanistan, with caveats

Fri, 17 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

There's progress in Afghanistan, as Obama said, but it's still very frail.

The split in Pakistani and American interests

Thu, 16 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

Can Pakistan do any more to fight insurgents?

What's next in Iraq?

Tue, 14 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

The biggest story about Iraq may be what hasn't happened.

In China, confidence clouded by apprehension

Wed, 08 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

Domestic needs cloud China's foreign policy vision.

Bipartisanship in Congress should start with intelligence oversight

Sun, 05 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

The next Congresss needs to do what its predecessors have failed to do: improve intelligence oversight through bipartisan cooperation, as the Sept. 11 commission recommended.

Our default is killing terrorists by drone attack. Do you care?

Thu, 02 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

Limits on detention have had the perverse effect of encouraging lethal policy.

The Mideast's next generation of politicians

Sun, 28 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Apolitical succession is beginning in the Middle East in which a generation of generally pro-American leaders is giving way to a group whose attitudes and loyalties are less certain. This transition comes at a time when U.S. power in the region is perceived to be weakening.

Giving thanks for American resilience

Thu, 25 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

We are the bold but improvident nation that we were at the first Thanksgiving.

Afghans want their country back - and Americans should listen

Sun, 21 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

America's first problem in Afghanistan is that the Afghan people in the key battleground don't understand why we're there: When pollsters read a simple summary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack and its aftermath to a sample of 1,000 young men in Helmand and Kandahar provinces, only 8 percent said they...

Why is Congress protecting a tax code that benefits the rich?

Thu, 18 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Why is Congress protecting a tax code that benefits the rich?