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David Ignatius
Foreign Affairs Columnist, The Washington Post
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Bestselling author, Washington Post foreign affairs columnist, and foreign-policy consultant for NBC and MSNBC, David Ignatius has been making sense of the world for over 40 years. He’s covered nearly every Washington beat, from the Pentagon to the CIA to Capitol Hill, as well as global politics, the Middle East, and economics. He turned his experiences with the CIA into nine thrilling bestsellers, because, as it has been said, “Few understand espionage culture as well as Ignatius.”

For more than 15 years, Ignatius has published his twice-weekly column for The Washington Post. Appearing in scores of newspapers around the world, his column won the Overseas Press Club Award, the Gerald Loeb Award for Commentary, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Center for Journalists. 

Agents of Innocence, his first novel, is a classic of espionage fiction, drawing on his experiences covering the CIA’s early-80s campaigns in the Middle East. The CIA recommends the book to young recruits and wrote on its website, “Though a novel, senior officers say this book is not fiction.”

In its review of The Director, his latest New York Times bestseller, Kirkus raved, “As a writer, Ignatius doesn’t know how to tell a bad story. His unparalleled understanding of the intelligence world propels his work so far above others who dabble in the field that there’s little comparison.”

Director Ridley Scott adapted his 2007 bestseller, Body of Lies, into a feature film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe. His other books include BloodmoneyA Firing Offense, and The Sun King. The film rights to his novel, The Increment, were acquired by Jerry Bruckheimer. His first opera libretto, an adaptation of Machiavelli’s The Prince entitled The New Prince, premiered at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam in March 2017.

Along with Fareed Zakaria, Ignatius was the founder and co-moderator of PostGlobal, linking the top journalists and commentators around the world in online discussion. A graduate of Harvard and Cambridge, he was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and the executive editor of the International Herald Tribune. He has published articles in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times MagazineThe Atlanticand The New Republic.

A regular guest on Morning Joe, Ignatius has appeared on Face the NationCharlie RoseFareed Zakaria GPS, and Meet the Press.

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Videos
  • Ignatius talks his career and the Middle East
  • Face the Nation: Ignatius on the Russian probe (2017)
  • Global Order in the Age of ISIS and a Rising Asia
  • Fareed Zakaria GPS: Inside the World of Spies
  • ISIS and Syria’s Lessons (2016)
  • Ignatius discusses his novel "The Director" (2014)
  • Morning Joe: Ignatius looks at Terror threats in Europe (2015)
  • Ignatius talks "The Director" at The Aspen Institute (2014)
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Speaking Topics
How to Fix the World: A Foreign Policy for the Future
ISIS and the World on Fire

How do we combat violent extremism in the Middle East without undermining our American values? In discussing this problem, David Ignatius reframes our view on terrorism, drawing on 35 years of reporting — from the day the modern war began, in the 1983 Beirut Embassy bombing, to modern conflicts around the world with ISIS.

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Cyber World/Cyber War: Fact, Fiction, and the Future of Global Security
AMERICA AT ITS BEST AND WORST: REVIVED ECONOMIC PREEMINENCE; POLITICAL DYSFUNCTION
The Middle East in Freefall
A Writing Life: What I’ve learned as a journalist, novelist and librettist
How the Next Administration Should Think about Foreign Policy
Books & Other Works
  • The Director
  • A Firing Offense: A Novel
  • The Bank of Fear
  • Bloodmoney: A Novel of Espionage
  • The Increment
  • Body of Lies
  • The Sun King
  • Agents of Innocence: A Novel
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Testimonials
“We have nothing other than positive reviews to say about David's participation in our symposium. He was very engaging with the students, various speakers, and other invited guests. Overall, we are honored to have had him participate in our symposium. ”
Lewis and Clark College
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