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David Ignatius

David IgnatiusAssociate Editor and Columnist, The Washington Post


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David Ignatius is Associate Editor and a twice-weekly columnist for The Washington Post, writing on global politics, economics, and international affairs. His column appears on Thursdays and Sundays. He is also creator and co-moderator of Post-Global, an online conversation about international affairs at He joined The Post in 1986 as editor of The Post's Outlook section, and then served as foreign editor from 1990 to 1992. Prior to becoming a columnist, he was The Post's assistant managing editor in charge of business news, a position he assumed in 1993. He continued to write weekly after becoming executive editor of the Paris-based International Herald Tribune in 2000, and resumed writing twice a week for the op-ed page in 2003. Before joining The Post he worked for ten years as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, covering at various times the steel industry, the Justice Department, the CIA, the U.S. Senate, the Middle East, and the State Department. Mr. Ignatius has written eight novels: Bloodmoney (2011), The Increment (2009), Body of Lies (April 2007), The Sun King (1999), A Firing Offense (1997), The Bank of Fear (1994), SIRO (1991), and Agents of Innocence (1987).  Mr. Ignatius's column won the 2000 Gerald Loeb Award for Commentary, a 2005 Edward Weintal Special Citation, the 1984 Edward Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting, the 2010 Urbino World Press Award, and the 2010 Founders Award from the International Committee for Foreign Journalists.  He is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group.