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Join Washington Post foreign affairs columnist and bestselling novelist David Ignatius for a virtual lunch hour discussion titled New World Disorder: Snapshots from a Journalist’s Notebook. A globetrotting, on-the-ground journalist, David Ignatius has been making sense of the world for over 40 years. With his unique ability to access the CIA, the Pentagon, the NSA, and Capitol Hill, Ignatius gives his readers a rare look at the world rarely covered by the evening news and takes them inside the stories and issues shaping the world.
In this discussion, Ignatius draws from his long career in journalism to reflect on the current state of the world and shares his view on how we got to where we are, and where we may be headed. With the growing distrust of governments and institutions worldwide, Ignatius makes a case for the increasing importance of fact-based reporting, especially as the changing nature of journalism and the overall spread of information is jeopardizing the truth.
Ignatius will also touch upon the most controversial stories he’s covered recently, such as the gruesome murder of his colleague and friend, Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, and what the implications of his death mean for ties between U.S. intelligence agencies and foreign governments, bringing to light the covert, worldwide information war.
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About David Ignatius
Washington Post foreign affairs columnist and bestselling novelist David Ignatius is a globetrotting journalist reporting on politics, economics, and the Middle East. He has covered nearly every Washington beat, including the Pentagon, the CIA, Capitol Hill, and Cyber Command. An NBC analyst and regular guest on Morning Joe, Ignatius has appeared on CBS This Morning, Face the Nation, and Meet the Press.
Drawing from more than 40 years of on-the-ground reporting, Ignatius brings to the stage his insights and expertise on the threats to national security, cyber security, and the spread of information. With his ability to explain and edify the most complex issues, Ignatius addresses the forces at play in an increasingly disrupted world and analyzes the implications of growing uncertainty and risk.
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 has won the Overseas Press Club Award, the Gerald Loeb Award for Commentary, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Center for Journalists. In 2019, Ignatius won a special George Polk award for his coverage, nine articles in all, of the killing of Post columnist and his colleague Jamal Khashoggi.
Turning his experiences with the CIA into 10 spy novels, Ignatius has been praised for his “unparalleled understanding of the intelligence world.” His latest high-tech spy thriller, The Quantum Spy, is about the covert race to build the world’s first supercomputer. According to former CIA Director Leon Panetta, “David Ignatius may call it a novel, but for those of us who know the work of the intelligence community, this book is nothing less than a real-life insight into the ongoing battle for dominance in the digital world.”
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.”
His other bestsellers include The Director and Body of Lies, which Director Ridley Scott adapted into a feature film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe.
A graduate of Harvard and Cambridge, Ignatius 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 Magazine, The Atlantic, and The New Republic.
His first opera libretto, The New Prince, was an adaptation of Machiavelli’s The Prince and premiered at the Dutch National Opera in 2017.
This event is sponsored by the Blauvelt Speaker Series. The Blauvelt Speaker Series is funded in part by the generosity of the late Bradford Thomas & Eleanor G. Blauvelt and The Wintrode Family Foundation.