David Ignatius / Politics

Japan's Prime Minister Has Goal of Stronger Japan

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants to restore "animal spirits" in the long-moribund Japanese economy. That kind of muscular talk makes some critics anxious, but Abe gave a compelling explanation Thursday of how he's trying to push ...

NATO's New Perils

BRUSSELS -- The NATO alliance seems stuck at a crossroads on Ukraine, unsure whether to move toward greater confrontation with Russia or accept the deadlocked "frozen conflict" that has emerged there.

It's a unified morass, at least, with ...

Lee Kuan Yew, The Fearful Visionary

BRUSSELS -- Lee Kuan Yew, the man who created the modern miracle of Singapore, was one of the visionary leaders of the 20th century. But as I discovered in several conversations with him, he was also a paradoxical figure who never lost his sense ...

Turbulence Ahead for U.S.-Israel Relationship

WASHINGTON -- It's March Madness in the Middle East: The U.S. and Israel are trading private barbs and public reassurances after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's defiant re-election victory, just as the U.S. is nearing a nuclear deal with ...

Back to the Future in Putin's Europe

WASHINGTON -- The language of the Cold War has returned with a vengeance, with renewed talk of nuclear alerts, alleged testing of medium-range nuclear missiles and worries about NATO's defense umbrella.

President Vladimir Putin's seizure of ...

A Government Agency Unafraid of Risk

WASHINGTON -- The federal government should take a lesson from DARPA, the Pentagon's high-tech incubator. The agency behaves more like a Silicon Valley startup than a bureaucracy. It takes risks that might fail, explores dark and potentially ...