David Ignatius / Politics

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 ...

The U.S.-Iranian Double Game

WASHINGTON -- As the United States and Iran continue negotiating a possible breakthrough nuclear agreement, both sides are carrying concealed weapons that could be used if the talks collapse.

The threats that underlie the bargaining are rarely ...

Learning From the Oil Market

WASHINGTON -- The recent plunge of oil prices to below $50 a barrel offers the same lessons as previous sharp fluctuations: Energy markets work and politicians who try to steer them almost always get it wrong.

It's ironic that, amid this ...