David Ignatius / Politics

Egypt is Key for Middle East Stability

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's decision to engage Egypt is "a case of realpolitik over idealism," concedes one official. But it's also the right policy choice.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi certainly doesn't make it easy. His ...

Iran Nuclear Talks Coming to a Head

WASHINGTON -- Prussian King Frederick the Great offered this rebuke to those who refused to allow any concessions: "If you try to hold everything, you hold nothing."

President Obama might make a similar retort to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin ...

Israel's Side of the Iran Dispute

TEL AVIV -- The public rift between President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the Iranian nuclear issue is often described as a personality dispute. But a senior Israeli official argued that the break has been building for more ...

Jordan Takes the Lead

AMMAN, Jordan -- One of the weaknesses of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State is that America isnt trusted as a messenger in much of the Arab world. So it is important that Jordans King Abdullah II seems ready to play an unusually ...

A 'Perfect Storm' Brews in the Middle East

TEL AVIV -- Mistrust between the Obama administration and Benjamin Netanyahu has widened even further in recent days because of U.S. suspicion that the Israeli prime minister has authorized leaks of details about the U.S. nuclear talks with Iran. ...

The Defense of Kirkuk

KIRKUK, Iraq -- From the roof of his office, Gov. Najmaldin Karim can see this multiethnic city laid out below. He points toward the Sunni suburb of Huwija about 15 miles west, which is controlled by the Islamic State. Two weeks ago, the ...