Articles by David Ignatius



The Race to End French 'Specialness'

When French President Jacques Chirac bid farewell to politics this month, he summed up French УexceptionalismФ by insisting that УFrance is not a country like the rest.Ф

Putin's Moment to Seize

Vladimir Putin made headlines Saturday when he blasted the United States for its ""almost uncontained hyper-use of military force"" that has created a world where ""no one feels safe.""

No Consensus on Objectivity

What do people in the Middle East think five years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks?

When China Goes Shopping

President Hu Jintao's visit to Washington this week has members of Congress grumbling that the Chinese are selling too much to the rest of the world.

Crude Courage

Oil prices hit a record $60 a barrel this week, inducing that familiar feeling that the world is a prisoner of energy gods beyond its control.

In Europe, Mending Fences

  • 19 June 03
  • The Washington Post
A group of curious Europeans had a chance over the weekend to observe the man many suspect is a secret architect of Bush administration foreign policy, the neoconservative guru Richard Perle.

War, Oil ...

  • 22 October 02
  • The Washington Post
It's really about oil.'' That's the first thing many suspicious Arabs say about U.S. policy in the Middle East -- and the first thing some skeptical Americans also say.

Taking Command in Qatar

  • 15 April 02
  • The Washington Post
If you want a glimpse of where the Arab world may be heading if the modernizers succeed in their efforts to embrace change, take a look at the tiny Persian Gulf nation of Qatar.

Burden on Bush and Blair

  • 01 April 02
  • The Washington Post
The fog of words surrounding Iraq should begin to clear a bit this week when British Prime Minister Tony Blair visits the United States, carrying with him detailed intelligence about Saddam Hussein's efforts to develop weapons of mass destruction.

Russia on a Roll

  • 24 December 01
  • The Washington Post
As the dust begins to settle in Afghanistan, it's increasingly clear that the big winner in terms of post-Sept. 11 energy politics is Russia, which now rivals Saudi Arabia as the world's dominant energy producer.

No Slump Lasts Forever

The economic version of the Perfect Storm continued to gather force last week with Friday's news of a sharp fall in the Japanese economy and a big jump in U.S. unemployment. Reading these gloomy stories, you sense that the global economic mess is going to get a good deal worse before it gets better. And you suspect, too, that it's time for the Bush administration and its economic partners to get serious about dealing with the dangers of ""synchronized sinking'' -- a process that is now evident from Tokyo to New York to Frankfurt. But no storm lasts forever. And too much pessimism can be disorienting, in addition to being depressing. So maybe it's a good time to be contrarian and look for the positive trends that are likely to shape the global economy once the worst is past and the rubble is cleared away. Two especially intriguing and counterintuitive insights have appeared in recent issues of Wired magazine.

COMMENT: Oil Greases Wheels of U.S. Campaign

Two Calls for a Deal With Oligarchs

Not Marketing Harry Potter

US Airways a Fatality of the 'Urge to Merge' Mentality

Techno-Apocalypse

World Prosperity Depends On Global Money Markets

Moscow Money Trail

VIEW FROM AMERICA: Judge Jackson: Ordinary Man As Trustbuster

Everyone Is Seeking Riches Through Internet

Clinton as Great Gatsby

Tracking a Trojan Horse

Europe's Watergate

Jobs Open for Hackers

U.S. Caspian Oil Schemes Are Beginning to Unravel

CIA Sunk Ex-Im Loan

Will 21st Century Be Asia's - or the Internet's?

Rodhams Back for Georgian Nuts

It's Tough Hiding Spies

Will Shoes Be Obsolete?