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Author Archives: David Ignatius / Syndicated Columnist

Israel takes issue with the U.S. nuke deal with Iran

TEL AVIV – The public rift between President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the Iranian nuclear issue is often described as a personality dispute.

U.S.-Israel mistrust fueled by leaks

TEL AVIV – Mistrust between the Obama administration and Benjamin Netanyahu has widened even further in recent days because of U.S. suspicion that the Israeli prime minister has authorized leaks of details about the U.S. nuclear talks with Iran.

Campaign against the Islamic State making gains

MOUNT BATMA, Iraq – From the heights here, you have a panoramic view of the strategic territory west of Mosul that Kurdish peshmerga fighters, supported by U.S. warplanes, have won back from the Islamic State over the past month.

Iran really needs nuke agreement

MUNICH – Sitting next to Iran’s foreign minister on Sunday as he said that another extension of the nuclear talks isn’t “in the interests of anybody,” it seemed clear that this particular can isn’t going to get kicked down the road much farther.

U.S. should act like a superpower

WASHINGTON – Niccolo Machiavelli, perhaps the shrewdest political philosopher in history, be …

Saudis shaking up their government

WASHINGTON – Saudi Arabia, which often confounds outsiders with its slow and opaque governance, has moved surprisingly quickly under King Salman

Yemeni government’s fall shows weakness of U.S. strategy

WASHINGTON – What went wrong for the U.S.-backed government in Yemen and what are the consequences for counterterrorism operations there against al-Qaeda’s most dangerous affiliate?

Saudi leadership faces critical choices in transition

DAVOS, Switzerland – Saudi watchers have been talking about the transition from King Abdullah for a decade, but now that the moment has arrived, its consequences are as hard to predict as ever.

Grievances feed extremist violence

WASHINGTON – What’s the relationship between the Internet and the surge of jihadist violence in Paris and around the world?

Power of supply and demand on show

WASHINGTON – The recent plunge of oil prices to below $50 a barrel offers the same lessons as previous sharp fluctuations:

Iraqi tribes doubt U.S. commitment

WASHINGTON – Watching events unfold in Iraq this year has been like viewing a slow-motion tr …