EDITORS -- Effective Nov. 1, columns by David Ignatius will be available for print publication only.
BEIRUT -- The aftershocks of President Trump's abandonment of the Kurds in Syria are rumbling through the region, and a string of Lebanese officials told me last week that they fear they're the next to be discarded by America.
Lebanese ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- At a gathering last Saturday night of military and intelligence veterans, one topic shrouded the room: President Trump's decision to abandon Kurdish fighters in Syria who had fought and died to help America destroy the Islamic State.
"It's a dagger to the heart to walk away from people who shed blood for us," one former top CIA ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- This week's news that President Trump is considering abandoning the Open Skies Treaty probably brought a yawn from most observers. Arms-control agreements like this seem to many people like yesterday's problem.
But ignoring arms control is a dangerous mistake, especially now. We're in a moment of strategic instability between the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- With U.S. troops withdrawing from the Turkish-Syrian border and Turkish troops poised to attack, the Syrian Kurdish commander warned Monday morning that a bloodbath could be ahead -- and pleaded for continued U.S. support.
Gen. Mazloum Abdi, the commander of the Kurdish-led militia known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, said in a ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Through all of President Trump's dealings with Ukraine, he has rarely focused on the job for which he was elected -- steering the foreign policy of the United States. Instead, for Trump, Ukraine has been a continuing story of personal resentment and political opportunism.
A narrative of the Ukraine affair -- drawn from ...Read more
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After Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's angry refusal Tuesday to allow State Department officials to testify before a House of Representatives committee about Ukraine, congressional Democrats face a newly urgent question: What legal tools does Congress have to compel the Trump administration to provide testimony and documents?
This fundamental ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- At 1:14 on the afternoon of Oct. 2, 2018, a special-operations team waiting for Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul was told he had arrived. Just 25 minutes later, the Washington Post contributing columnist was dead, and a noise that Turkish authorities later described as a bone saw could be heard.
A year after ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- If you're wondering why it matters that President Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine while he was requesting political favors from its new president, think about the Ukrainian soldiers who are fighting a nasty proxy war against Russian-backed separatists.
America is Ukraine's ally in this fight. Ukrainian commanders, battling ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- It's a good rule never to start a fight you're not eager to finish. But the Trump administration and its Arab allies now seem caught in a version of that dilemma with Iran, which is proving to be a tougher adversary than Washington expected.
Iran's alleged attack last Saturday on Saudi oil facilities caught U.S. analysts by ...Read more
HONG KONG -- As tens of thousands of protesters marched down Hennessy Road toward government headquarters Sunday afternoon, chanting pro-democracy slogans and waving American flags, it was an exuberant celebration of this territory's yearning for freedom.
The protesters seemed mindless of the danger: Men and women, young and old, ninja-clad ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who will retire this month, is that rare senior official in Donald Trump's Washington whose career and reputation don't seem to have been tarnished by his dealings with the president.
The explanation is simple: The low-key, Boston-Irish Marine maintained the distance ...Read more
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WASHINGTON -- Six weeks ago, Turkey was threatening to invade the Kurdish region of northeast Syria. Last Sunday, U.S. and Turkish troops instead conducted their first joint ground patrol of that area, with Kurdish cooperation. Score one for American diplomacy, backed by patient U.S. military power.
President Trump had said last December that ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Every president since Jimmy Carter has dreamed of signing a peace agreement at Camp David. That's a forgivable vanity, even for our current narcissist-in-chief. But it nearly led President Trump to make an unwise deal on Afghanistan with a Taliban that continues to use terror as its chief weapon.
Trump's closest Republican allies,...Read more
WASHINGTON -- As we move into the fall, there's one overriding foreign-policy priority for America: Find a strategy to deal with a rising China that protects U.S. interests but doesn't subvert the global economy.
China is the challenge of our time, and the risks of getting it wrong are enormous. Huawei, the Shenzen-based communications ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Richard Stengel, a former Time editor who became the State Department's undersecretary for public diplomacy, writes that he was once an information "idealist." He believed that in the marketplace of ideas, the truth would ultimately prevail. Not anymore.
"I think we all now know that this is a pipe dream," writes Stengel in a ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- What really happened in Biarritz last weekend, with the mysterious visit of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif? U.S. officials saw it as a bit of diplomatic freelancing by French President Emmanuel Macron that sought to foster negotiations but highlighted the obstacles that are in the way.
The intrigue surrounding the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- You could say many things to describe a week in which President Trump got in a snit about buying Greenland, called the Federal Reserve chairman an "enemy," reversed his position repeatedly on China, and rebuffed European allies by saying he's ready to invite Russia to a global summit at one of his Florida golf resorts.
But "...Read more
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WASHINGTON -- As the G-7 gathers this weekend in Biarritz, President Trump has expressed hope for the return of Russia, the missing guest at the table. But any consideration of this issue requires dealing with Trump's least favorite subject -- Russian cybermeddling in U.S. elections.
The stark reality is that the United States is now fighting a...Read more
WASHINGTON -- "Evolve or die," wrote hedge-fund billionaire Ray Dalio in a manifesto published in April titled "Why and How Capitalism Needs to be Reformed." With each passing month, more business executives have been joining this unlikely crusade to save capitalism from itself.
The loudest reform call yet from inside the system came this week ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Watching videos of Chinese protestors singing the U.S. national anthem in the streets of Hong Kong, or hearing the tear-jerking chorus of "Les Miserables" during a sit-in at the Hong Kong airport, only someone with a heart of stone wouldn't want to assist these brave people who are fighting for their freedom.
But beware. The ...Read more