David Ignatius / Politics

Losing to the Islamic State

AMMAN, Jordan -- Jalal al-Gaood, one of the tribal leaders the U.S. has been cultivating in hopes of rolling back extremists in Iraq, grimly describes how his hometown in Anbar province was forced to surrender this week to fighters from the ...

An Ounce of Prevention on Terrorism

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- "Hedayah" certainly doesn't look like a global counterterrorism center. It sits in a quiet villa on Fatima bint Mubarak Street here. It has a staff of 14. Its annual budget wouldn't begin to cover the cost of an ...

Remembering Energy Titan Christophe de Margerie

BEIRUT -- Christophe de Margerie was the kind of outsize character you wouldn't expect to survive in in a homogenized global business environment. He loved single-malt whiskey, he cursed like a French sailor on shore leave, he stayed out way too ...

Nothing to Fear But Panic Itself

WASHINGTON -- Richard Preston, whose 1994 book "The Hot Zone" brought the Ebola virus terrifyingly alive for readers, once described how, during his research, his biohazard suit had ripped open, exposing him to a potentially fatal toxin.

"I ...

Growing Pressure on Obama to Escalate

WASHINGTON -- As fighters from the Islamic State surge toward control of Anbar Province in western Iraq and the border town of Kobane in Syria, U.S. commanders and diplomats are signaling that the U.S. must expand its military operations before ...

Book review: Leon Panetta's "Worthy Fights"

WASHINGTON -- Maybe President Obama should have asked his Cabinet secretaries to sign book-royalty agreements when they took their oaths of office, so he could share in the spoils. Too late now: Here's Leon Panetta, former defense secretary and ...