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David Ignatius / Politics

Philanthropy With a Wallop

WASHINGTON -- Money may be the root of all evil, as the saying goes, but I was reminded last week of the overwhelming good it can do when put to work at a place like the Children's National Health System here.

Big medicine, funded by the ...

Fighting Anew for Democracy

BRUSSELS -- President Obama has spoken once again during the Ukraine crisis about being on the right "side of history." It's one of his signature lines, but he should stop: The phrase implies there's an inevitability to the advance of progress and...

America's Challenge in Ukraine

WASHINGTON -- Vladimir Putin baptized his conquest of Crimea with a powerful, unsettling speech that should be a warning that an embattled Russia is fighting for what it sees as its national dignity -- in ways that require a firm and patient U.S. ...

What We Learned in Crimea

WASHINGTON -- From the photographs we've seen of the Russian special operations, or "Spetsnaz," troops that intervened in Crimea, several things are obvious: They're secretive, moving without insignia and often covering their faces; they're ...

In Syria, Rebel With a Cause

WASHINGTON -- With the Ukraine crisis, any fleeting hope that the U.S. and Russia could soon broker a political settlement in Syria has vanished. The U.S. needs an alternate strategy for strengthening Syrian moderates who can resist both the ...

On Ukraine, Where Next?

WASHINGTON -- It's still possible to imagine a fuzzy, face-saving compromise in Ukraine: Crimea would have a new, quasi-autonomous administrative status blessed by Moscow and Kiev. The problem is that few analysts think Russian President Vladimir ...