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David R. Sands

Raised in Northern Virginia, David R. Sands received an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He worked as a reporter for several Washington-area business publications before joining The Washington Times.

At The Times, Mr. Sands has covered numerous beats, including international trade, banking, politics and Capitol Hill, and spent eight years on the foreign desk as senior diplomatic correspondent. He is currently the deputy editor for politics. In addition, he has reviewed books and written feature stories for the newspaper and authored The Times' weekly chess column since 1993. He is also senior writer for Washington GolfStyles, a monthly publication covering the Mid-Atlantic golf scene.


Articles by David R. Sands

Watchdog: U.S. pullout ‘most important factor’ in Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan

The pullout of American forces begun by President Trump and accelerated under President Biden was the "single most important factor" in the rapid collapse of the U.S.-backed government in Afghanistan and the takeover of the country by the radical Islamist Taliban movement last summer, according to a new report by the chief U.S. watchdog over the failed 20-year American mission in Kabul. Published May 18, 2022

The mating game: Reaching a convincing conclusion

"'Shut up,' he explained." Novelist Ring Lardner's famed, unanswerable riposte has its analog in chess. Many amateurs can't fathom why a grandmaster would resign a game when he's down only a pawn with rooks, bishops and queens still on the board, even when a more experienced player can quickly see the hopelessness of the situation. Published May 17, 2022

Upstart newspaper proves skeptics wrong

If there is a signature image of the impact and influence The Washington Times has had over its four decades chronicling the city, the nation and the world, it came on the night of April 29, 1995, in a Washington ballroom packed with politicos, bureaucrats, journalists and celebrities. Published May 16, 2022

Putin’s troubled war sees battlefield, diplomatic reverses

Russian President Vladimir Putin's nearly 3-month-old invasion of neighboring Ukraine suffered reverses on the battlefield and in the halls of power Sunday as long-neutral Finland said it would apply to join the NATO military alliance and neighboring Sweden signaled it wouldn't be far behind. Published May 15, 2022

Sweden takes big step toward bid for NATO

Sweden took a major step toward ending its longstanding policy of neutrality Sunday as the ruling Social Democratic Party said it now favored applying for membership in the NATO military alliance. Published May 15, 2022

Finnish leader holds his ground on NATO in talk with Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to ratchet up the pressure on Finland over its plans to apply for NATO membership, but Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said Russia's own actions were the reason Helsinki decided to change course. Published May 15, 2022

Tuneful revenge: Embattled Ukraine takes Eurovision song contest

Ukraine's entry reportedly overcame strong early performances by entries from Britain, Spain and Sweden. It is the third Eurovision victory for the Ukrainian entrant since the country joined the competition nearly two decades ago. Published May 15, 2022

Fischer was a model of sanity and realism — at the chessboard

Incredibly for those of us who were first drawn to the game by the excitement and spectacle of the time, this year marks the 50th anniversary -- a full half-century -- of Bobby Fischer's epic run to the world chess title, culminating in the on- and off-board drama of Bobby's defeat of star-crossed Soviet world champion Boris Spassky in Reykjavik, Iceland. Published May 10, 2022

Channeling a champ at his own chess tournament

The great Cuban world champion Jose Raul Capablanca had a trademark touch that propelled some of his greatest victories -- the petite combinaison, the little tactical flourish designed not to mate a king or win a queen but to secure the tiniest of positional advantages such as control of a vital square or the trade of a bad bishop for a good knight. Published May 3, 2022

Macron talks to Putin as Germany’s Scholz shuns trip to Kyiv

French President Emmanuel Macron held a two-hour telephone conversation Tuesday morning with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid reports the Kremlin could be ready to declare breakaway parts of eastern Ukraine as part of Russia's sovereign territory. Published May 3, 2022

Battle for Mariupol back on after civilian convoy finally allowed out

Russian forces renewed their assault on the key Ukrainian port city of Mariupol on Sunday just hours after a convoy of civilian refugees was finally allowed to leave, as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy greeted a U.S. congressional delegation headed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and accused the Kremlin of pursuing a "war of extermination." Published May 1, 2022

Leading Chinese drone maker DJI cuts off Russia, Ukraine

DJI Technology Co., the Chinese manufacturer who claims a massive share of the global market for commercial drones, said Wednesday it is suspending sales to Russia and Ukraine as the Kremlin's invasion of its neighbor enters its third month. Published April 27, 2022

U.S., allied military leaders defy Kremlin with new Ukraine aid plans

Russia's top diplomat and America's top defense official traded charges of saber-rattling Tuesday, as military leaders from the U.S. and more than three dozen allies met in Germany to discuss how to speed up arms flows to Ukraine as it seeks to halt a coming offensive by invading Russian troops in the east and south. Published April 26, 2022

American Cup represents a chess stress test

There is plenty of stress in classical chess, where the slightest misstep can lead to catastrophic loss and a single move can ruin seven hours of hard work. Published April 26, 2022

Joint Sweden, Finland bid for NATO expected within weeks

A joint application from Sweden and Finland to end their longstanding policy of neutrality and apply for NATO membership could be coming in a matter of weeks, according to press reports Monday from both countries. Published April 25, 2022