Associate Editor and Columnist, The Washington Post
Senior Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project
David Ignatius, the best-selling author of Body of Lies and The Increment, among others, and prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post, has been covering the Middle East and the CIA for more than 25 years. Ignatius joined the Washington Post in 1986 as editor of its Sunday Outlook section. In 1990 he became foreign editor, and in 1993, assistant managing editor for business news. He began writing his column in 1998 and continued even during a three-year stint as executive editor of the International Herald Tribune in Paris. Earlier in his career, Ignatius was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, covering at various times the steel industry, the Justice Department, the CIA, the Senate, the Middle East and the State Department. Ignatius served as a Fisher Family Fellow to the Future of Diplomacy Project at HKS and was a visiting faculty member in 2012. Ignatius grew up in Washington, D.C., and studied political theory at Harvard College and economics at Kings College, Cambridge.