David Ignatius / Politics

A Breakthrough On Trade

WASHINGTON -- Strange bedfellows of 2015: As the Obama administration pushes toward a major new trade agreement in Asia this spring, it is developing two unlikely allies -- Chinese officials abroad, who are signaling that they want in, and ...

The Lesson From Yemen

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? Both questions have disturbing answers.

President Obama touted ...

Fretting Over the World Economy

DAVOS, Switzerland -- A sign of the concern among business and political leaders here about sluggish economic growth is that one of the World Economic Forum sessions this week was titled "Avoiding a Centennial Slump" -- meaning a downturn that ...

Foreign Policy's Post-Obama Pivot

WASHINGTON -- President Obama has been chafing for months at the notion that he's a lame-duck president. That's one reason he took the offensive in the run-up to the State of the Union address. His aides insist that Obama plays his best in the ...

The Roots of Radicalization

WASHINGTON -- What's the relationship between the Internet and the surge of jihadist violence in Paris and around the world? That's the puzzle examined by Marc Sageman, a psychiatrist and former CIA officer whose contrarian views on terrorism are ...

The Wrong Response to Charlie Hebdo

WASHINGTON -- In the days after the deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, France declared "war" on terrorism, 10,000 French paramilitary police took to the streets and U.S. conservatives chided President Obama for not leading this new ...