David Ignatius / Politics

The Islamic State's Terrifying Strategy

WASHINGTON -- A centerpiece of President Obama's strategy for defeating the Islamic State is mobilizing tribal fighters to join the Iraqi military in retaking Anbar and other Sunni-dominated provinces. But new research shows the jihadists have ...

The Moral Issue of Climate Change

WASHINGTON -- The politics of selfishness was embraced enthusiastically last week by Sen. Mitch McConnell. In dismissing President Obama's deal with China to reduce carbon emissions, the incoming Senate majority leader said "carbon emission ...

Obama's Beijing Surprise

WASHINGTON -- The photograph on Tuesday from Beijing was as carefully arranged as a display of Ming china: Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping discussing the world's business as they walked, side by side, across a bridge with ornate, ...

The Big Questions in Iraq

WASHINGTON -- As the United States advances into its third war in Iraq in a quarter-century, it's important to have a mental checklist to assess whether U.S. strategy there can succeed. Right now, because of Iraq's continuing corruption and ...

Obama's Fourth-Quarter Agenda

WASHINGTON -- President Obama looked almost relieved after Tuesday's election blowout. A man who has been perhaps the least political president in modern American history doesn't have to worry about elections anymore.

"I'm going to be busy for ...

A Plan to Heal Syria?

WASHINGTON -- With U.S.-backed "moderate" opposition forces on the run in northern Syria, a mediation group is proposing an alternative strategy for local cease-fires and a gradual de-escalation of violence in a future decentralized nation.

"The ...