David Ignatius / Politics

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 ...

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 ...