Global Summit xii
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Russia, China and What You Need to Know about America's Greatest Foreign Policy Challenges

May 24th,2021 | 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Professor / Instructor / Speaker: DAVID IGNATIUS

David Ignatius, the bestselling novelist and prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post, brings his expertise on Russia, China, the Middle East, and CIA back to the Jefferson after presenting at Global Summit X in 2018.

In his new presentation, Ignatius will analyze the foreign policy challenges facing the Biden administration, including a recent focus of his columns on America's pending pullout from Afghanistan after 20 years of war.

Ignatius' rare career includes a number of bestselling spy novels that feature his understanding of the CIA and a number of foreign nations and their operations. He once explained to an interviewer that his novel-writing career started when "it was obvious that the only way I could share this world of fact was through fiction. … I realized that what makes a novel seem real, paradoxically, is its departure from actual life: The way it's re-imagined in the mind of the writer gives it a reality and power that it wouldn't have otherwise. Otherwise, you'd just be reading a 120,000-word newspaper story."

Find David Ignatius' latest book, "The Paladin," here!

Find all of his books, here!


David Ignatius writes a twice-a-week foreign affairs column for The Washington Post. Ignatius has written 11 spy novels, including his most recent novel, “The Paladin” (2020). He  studied political theory at Harvard College and economics at Kings College, Cambridge.


In 2018 he was on a Finalist team for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and won the 2018 George Polk Award, to honor special achievement in journalism.