The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Directors' Lunch with David Ignatius, Washington Post, Associate Editor and Columnist, in the Belfer Center Library (L369).

In a September Washington Post article, Ignatius credited the president's foreign policy stance with avoiding some key mistakes, but warned that he may be missing opportunities to make bold gains on some of our most difficult problems. "He's in damage-limitation mode—sensible enough in a time of uncertainty, but not really a strategy."

David Ignatius is one of the most respected and wide-ranging journalists in the news business. He has covered almost every Washington beat during his career, from the Pentagon to the CIA to Capitol Hill. A veteran of numerous overseas assignments, he covered the wars in Lebanon and Iraq as the Wall Street Journal's Middle East correspondent from 1980 to 1983. He supervised the Post's Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait during his time as foreign editor from 1990 to 1992. Additionally, Ignatius was the International Herald Tribune's executive editor from 2000 to 2003. He has had numerous publications in Foreign Affairs, New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly and other periodicals.

Since 2003, Ignatius has been the author of a twice-weekly, globally distributed column on global politics, economics and international affairs. He is a recipient of the Urbino International Press Award and the International Committee for Foreign Journalists' "Lifetime Achievement Award."

The author of eight novels, including "Body of Lies," which was made into a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Ridley Scott, Ignatius released his latest novel this past summer: "Bloodmoney," an espionage thriller set largely in Pakistan. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and has a diploma in economics from King's College, Cambridge University.

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