David Ignatius / Politics

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 ...

Rebuilding a Spy Partnership

WASHINGTON -- Given recent German indignation about the National Security Agency, it has been easy to overlook the fact that for decades the German government has cooperated extensively with the NSA on surveillance activities. But after a high-...

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 ...