David Ignatius / Politics

Reality Check on Limited War

WASHINGTON -- What happens when an American plan for limited war against the Islamic State meets the savage reality of combat, as happened this week when the extremists pounded Kurdish fighters just inside Syria's border with Turkey? The cry rose ...

Is a Talent Infusion in the Works?

WASHINGTON -- Presidents often need new energy and talent to refurbish their second terms. George W. Bush opted for such a shake-up in 2006 and it arguably saved his presidency. Barack Obama is now facing a similar moment, and there are signs he's...

A Proxy War Creates Syrian Chaos

ISTANBUL -- The squabbling factions that make up the Syrian "moderate opposition" should get their act together. But so should the foreign nations -- such as the United States, Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Jordan -- that have been funding the ...

The Challenge Inside Syria

REYHANLI, Turkey -- As Syrian rebel commander Hamza al-Shamali describes the battle inside Syria, a few miles across the border, the immediate problem isn't defeating the Islamic State. It's coordinating the ragtag brigades of the Free Syrian Army...

A Hunger for Change

ISTANBUL -- Talking to young tech entrepreneurs gathered at a conference here, you hear the hunger for change that is pervasive in the Middle East. They're frustrated and angry about the status quo, not least because they fear it has helped spawn ...

Jihad, by the Book

ISTANBUL -- It may not be as revealing as "Mein Kampf" or "The Communist Manifesto." But people looking for insight into the extremist strategy that inflames the fighters of the Islamic State might begin with a book chillingly titled "The ...