David Ignatius / Politics

An Iranian Who Could Balance Tehran's Factions?

WASHINGTON -- An intriguing new figure is gaining prominence in the Iranian government just as regional conflicts in Iraq and Syria intensify and nuclear talks with the West move toward a Nov. 24 deadline.

The newly prominent official is Ali ...

An Army at Dawn in the Middle East

WASHINGTON -- A glimpse of the anxiety sweeping the Arab world surfaced last week when an Arab woman complained during a talk in Amman at the Columbia Global Center for the Middle East. She said my speech's title about the "crisis" in the region ...

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 ...