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David Ignatius / Politics

Has the Crisis Been Defused?

WASHINGTON -- Has the Obama administration really found the famous "exit ramp" in Ukraine that will provide an eventual diplomatic resolution of the crisis? It looked that way Thursday in Geneva, where seven hours of negotiations produced what ...

Existential Crisis for Obama Too

WASHINGTON -- As President Obama looks at the Ukraine crisis, he sees an asymmetry of interests: Simply put, the future of Ukraine means more to Vladimir Putin's Russia than it does to the U.S. or Europe. For Putin, this is an existential crisis; ...

In China, Warning Signs

WASHINGTON -- China's financial markets seem to be signaling trouble, as a government crackdown on corruption and loose credit begins to bite and jittery local investors scramble for safety.

China remains an opaque country, and even the most ...

Putin's Borrowed Playbook

WASHINGTON -- The West has made NATO's military alliance the heart of its response to Russia's power grab in Ukraine. But we may be fighting the wrong battle: The weapons President Vladimir Putin has used in Crimea and eastern Ukraine look more ...

The Bright Spot of Free Trade

WASHINGTON -- Name a foreign-policy issue on which China and most of the rest of the world's nations are struggling to keep up with a U.S. initiative. If you guessed "free trade," you're correct.

In a season that has mostly brought reversals for ...

A Trust Now Badly Frayed

WASHINGTON -- It has been an unlikely Washington feud, pitting a determined Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the implacable chairman of the Senate intelligence committee and long regarded as a supporter of the CIA, against the agency's equally stubborn ...