David Ignatius / Politics

The Risk of Tougher Sanctions on Russia

WASHINGTON -- Energy politics underlie the explosive Ukraine crisis, as Europeans weigh U.S. calls for tougher sanctions against the ability of Russia to disrupt gas supplies this winter.

The dilemma for European governments increased this week, ...

Obama's Foreign Policy Shortcomings

WASHINGTON -- When Attorney General Eric Holder says that the Islamic State that has taken root in Iraq and Syria poses a "deadly" threat, and that he has "extreme, extreme concern" about its bomb-makers, that sounds like an emergency. Yet the ...

Obama's Global Challenge

WASHINGTON -- In President Obama's sometimes maddeningly cautious foreign policy, you can see him struggling to answer what may be the hardest question of his presidency: How should the United States project power in a disorderly world without ...

Rethinking Wilson's Points

WASHINGTON -- As American policymakers ponder the future shape of the Middle East, they should perhaps recall that the United States was opposed to the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement, the famous "line in the sand" that is now said to be dissolving.

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Iran Overplays its Hand

WASHINGTON -- With the sudden rise of the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a little-noted aspect is that Gen. Qassem Suleimani, the supposed strategic genius of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, has blundered disastrously. By ...

Holder Grows in the Job

WASHINGTON -- Setting clear management guidelines may be the least glamorous part of being a Cabinet secretary, but by this measure, Attorney General Eric Holder has succeeded over the past year in communicating his law-enforcement priorities to ...