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David R. Sands

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

Some fear Hillary Clinton represents a continuation of the Obama foreign policy that has fallen short, while others warn that on issues such as trade and the willingness to intervene militarily abroad she will break markedly with President Obama. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton's foreign policy views spark anger, unease abroad

Despite -- and in some cases because of -- her four-year record as secretary of state, Democrat Hillary Clinton is coming in for a share of criticism from allies and adversaries alike, even if the level of vitriol doesn't match some of the comments targeting her potential Republican rival for president. Published April 28, 2016

New faces at the top: Caruana, Paikidze U.S. chess champs

There were some new names at the top and new faces making noise at the just-concluded U.S. Championship and U.S. Women's Championship, which both wrapped up Monday at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis. Published April 26, 2016

In heavyweight chess battle, Fabiano Caruana scores early knockout

The luck of the draw proved a bit unlucky for U.S. chess fans this year, as the most anticipated pairing of the U.S. Championship -- top-rated GM Fabiano Caruana vs. defending champ GM Hikaru Nakamura -- came in Sunday's Round 4, with more than half of the event still to go. Published April 20, 2016

Define chess juggernaut: Webster rolls to 4th straight title

They've won four national championships in a row, their bench could probably beat most rival schools, they have a controversial coach, and there are some real questions about whether they are good for the sport. Published April 12, 2016

Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, is interviewed by Maria Bartiromo during her "Mornings with Maria" program on the Fox Business Network, in New York Friday, April 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

IMF sees slower growth, rising risks to global economy

The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday cut its global growth projections for 2016 and 2017, warning that the world economy faces rising risks despite a plunge in oil prices that has boosted both developed and developing nations. Published April 12, 2016

A member of Britain's Parliament caused an uproar by calling Prime Minister David Cameron "Dodgy Dave" over his family being named in the Panama Papers. (Associated Press)

David Cameron dubbed 'Dodgy Dave' amid Panama Papers scandal

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday became the latest world leader struggling to put his links to the Panama Papers scandal behind him, but not before a member of the opposition Labor Party earned a one-day timeout from parliament by memorably labeling the prime minister as "Dodgy Dave." Published April 11, 2016

Wei-Gujrathi after 24. Rab1.

A running chess rivalry between rising powers

In the 16th century it was Spain vs. Italy. By the mid-19th century it was France vs. England. In the middle of the 20th it was the Soviets vs. the rest of the world. Published April 5, 2016

Energomash company employees stand near RD-180 engines prepared for shipment to the United States in a shop at the Energomash, leading Russian rocket engine company, in Moscow on June 6, 2002. Energomash and U.S. company Pratt & Whitney have created a joint venture to build and test the RD-180 engine. The engine has successfully flown twice as the first stage engine of Lockheed Martin's Atlas 3 rocket. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Russian firm vows to fight to keep U.S. rocket monopoly

Even as the U.S. military pushes to end the country's reliance of Russian-built rocket engines to get its satellites into space, the Moscow-based manufacturer says it is still hopeful to hold onto its American clients. Published March 3, 2016