David Ignatius

Washington Post / Harvard's Kennedy School of Government

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Associate Editor and columnist for the Washington Post and senior fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government; author of The Increment, a spy novel, and Body of Lies, which was made into a motion picture

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In the aftermath of the latest bombings in Europe, US officials say progress is being made toward destroying the Islamic State.

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In the aftermath of the latest bombings in Europe, US officials say progress is being made toward destroying the Islamic State.

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The debates are over and it's on to the swing states in a presidential campaign that's almost over.  Is last night's debate on foreign policy likely to make a difference?

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The debates are over and it's on to the swing states in a presidential campaign that's almost over.  Is last night's debate on foreign policy likely to make a difference?

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In  last night's final debate , it wasn't the challenger who went on the offensive as much as the incumbent.   President Obama  called  Mitt Romney  "wrong and reckless," and tried to…

The Last Debate: Foreign Policy, with Just Two Weeks Remaining

In last night's final debate , it wasn't the challenger who went on the offensive as much as the incumbent.  President Obama called Mitt Romney "wrong and reckless," and tried to…

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