David Ignatius / Politics

The Hooded Face of Evil

WASHINGTON -- The propagandists of the Islamic State must have imagined that their brutal video of the beheading of journalist James Foley would intimidate and terrorize the world. But people aren't built that way, not in Muslim countries or ...

Mulling a Ukraine Policy

ASPEN, Colo. -- At the public kickoff of a discussion here about U.S. policy toward Russia and Ukraine, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates joked that his favorite definition of diplomacy was "petting a dog and saying 'nice doggie' until you can...

Islamic States Staying Power

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administrations Iraq policy seems premised on the idea that the terrorist Islamic State is so toxic that it will be self-limiting and ultimately self-defeating. But thats not the view of senior U.S. intelligence officials. ...

Confronting a New Enemy

WASHINGTON -- When Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared his terrorist Islamic State, he ignored a warning from Osama bin Laden that jihadists should be cautious about establishing a caliphate too quickly. In torching a firestorm in Iraq and Syria, ...

Helping Africa Become More Secure

WASHINGTON -- President Obama touted this week's U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit as "an extraordinary event." That may sound like hype, but the gathering featured some innovative new ideas to prevent terrorism and lawlessness from spreading in Africa ...

Time for Netanyahu to Make Peace

WASHINGTON -- Now it's Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's turn to show that he has the vision and leadership to build a durable cease-fire that could empower moderate Palestinian moderates and begin building a pathway from the hell on ...