David Ignatius / Politics

Confronting a New Enemy

WASHINGTON -- When Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared his terrorist Islamic State, he ignored a warning from Osama bin Laden that jihadists should be cautious about establishing a caliphate too quickly. In torching a firestorm in Iraq and Syria, ...

Helping Africa Become More Secure

WASHINGTON -- President Obama touted this week's U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit as "an extraordinary event." That may sound like hype, but the gathering featured some innovative new ideas to prevent terrorism and lawlessness from spreading in Africa ...

Time for Netanyahu to Make Peace

WASHINGTON -- Now it's Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's turn to show that he has the vision and leadership to build a durable cease-fire that could empower moderate Palestinian moderates and begin building a pathway from the hell on ...

The Islamic State's Challenge

WASHINGTON -- Warnings from U.S. officials about the terrorist Islamic State that has established a safe haven in Iraq and Syria sound ominously like the intelligence alerts that preceded al-Qaeda's attack on Sept. 11, 2001.

Richard Ledgett, the ...

John Kerry's Big Blunder

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John Kerry has made a significant mistake in how he's pursuing a Gaza cease-fire -- and it's not surprising that he has upset both the Israelis and some moderate Palestinians.

Kerry's error has been to put so much...

In Troubled World, Some Optimism

WASHINGTON -- The world has been so chaotic lately that it was easy to overlook two U.S. diplomatic maneuvers -- involving the turbulent nations of Afghanistan and Iran -- that avoided what could have been dangerous ruptures.

The architect of ...