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Author Archives: David Ignatius / Syndicated Columnist

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 …

Powers aim to avoid confrontation

BEIJING – This year began with some Chinese and American foreign-policy analysts looking back a century to World War I and wondering if confrontation was inevitable between a rising power and a dominant one.

Down the terrifying path of torture

WASHINGTON – A CIA medical officer who was assigned to monitor the interrogation of an al-Qa …

Islamic State targeted Sunni leaders we’re now counting on

WASHINGTON – A centerpiece of President Obama’s strategy for defeating the Islamic State group is mobilizing tribal fighters to join the Iraqi military in retaking Anbar and other Sunni-dominated provinces.

Avoiding same mistakes in Iraq

WASHINGTON – As the United States advances into its third war in Iraq in a quarter-century, …

Iranian could facilitate nuke deal

WASHINGTON – An intriguing new figure is gaining prominence in the Iranian government just as regional conflicts in Iraq and Syria intensify and nuclear talks with the West move toward a Nov. 24 deadline.

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