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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

Iraqi security forces and allied Shiite militiamen celebrate March 31, 2015, as they hold a flag of the Islamic State group they captured in Tikrit, 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraqi forces battled Islamic State militants holed up in downtown Tikrit, going house to house Tuesday in search of snipers and booby traps, and the prime minister said security forces had reached the heart of the city. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Russians say Islamic State infiltrating domestic groups

The jihadi terror group Islamic State has begun "embedding" with Russian domestic terror organizations, including a leading Chechen resistance group, a top Russian intelligence official said Friday. Published April 10, 2015

Jason Rezaian, an Iranian-American correspondent for The Washington Post, smiles as he attends a presidential campaign of President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on April 11, 2013. The reporter has been detained in Iran for more than four months and was formally charged Dec. 6, 2014, after a daylong proceeding in a Tehran courtroom, the newspaper reported. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Iranian deal silent on fate of U.S. prisoners held by Tehran

While President Obama and his aides hailed the nuclear deal struck with Iran as a diplomatic coup, the accord was silent on a major bilateral irritant between Washington and Tehran — the fate of three American prisoners being held in Iranian jails. Published April 2, 2015

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in the Oval Office during the President's Daily Economic Briefing on July 30, 2009. (White House)

Democratic titans say Obama 'screwed up' and gave rise to China's new bank

U.S. efforts to head off a new China-sponsored development bank for the booming Asia region ended in abject failure this week as organizers announced nearly four dozen countries — including some of America's closest Asian and European allies — have applied to membership, amid growing criticism of how the Obama administration handled the entire episode. Published April 1, 2015

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, left, shakes hands with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang before a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on Monday, March 30, 2015. Lew said he pressed Chinese leaders Monday over proposed curbs on the use of foreign security products by banks and other restrictions on access to China's technology market. (AP Photo/Parker Song, Pool)

U.S. allies humiliate Obama, rush to join China's new bank

The rush to join the China's new development bank for Asia has become a stampede, with even longtime U.S. allies such as Georgia, South Korea, Australia and even Taiwan now saying they are ready to join despite the clear reservations of the Obama administration. Published March 30, 2015

DAVID R. SANDS: Busted bracket: U.S. women bounced from chess tournament

If you picked the American women, your bracket is already busted. March madness — the non-trademarked kind — is underway in Sochi, Russia, where FIDE is holding a knockout tournament for 64 of the world's best female players, including three former women's world chess champs. Published March 24, 2015

The Obama administration has been skeptical of the proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank from the start, arguing that it could prove redundant and could undercut lending standards on such issues as worker protections and the environment. (Associated Press)

Diplomatic disaster: Obama humiliated by allies' rush to join China's new bank

The battle of wills between Beijing and Washington over a China-sponsored development bank for Asia is turning into a rout, and the Obama administration has found itself isolated and embarrassed as its top allies lined up this week to join the proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Published March 18, 2015

In this Feb. 13, 2015 photo, construction workers James Gibson, left, David Rager, center, and Shawn White frame the second floor of a two-story custom home being built in Orlando, Fla. As construction jobs return in some regions, competition for skilled labor is heating up. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) ** FILE **

Strong U.S. jobs report raises pressure on Fed to boost rates

The U.S. jobs machine showed no signs of the winter blues as employers added 295,000 jobs in February, exceeding analyst expectations and marking the 12th straight month with gains of 200,000 or more, the Labor Department announced Friday. Published March 6, 2015

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DAVID R. SANDS: The joys of kibitzing by computer in chess

They've made some things a bit more complicated — problem-solving contests and correspondence chess, to name two — but superstrong computer programs have not proved the death of competitive chess that some feared. Published March 4, 2015

A deal to curb Iran's nuclear programs and ease economic sanctions on Tehran would be seen as "extremely positive" by Pakistan and many other countries in the region, Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S. Jalil Abbas Jilani told a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor just an hour before the Israeli leader began speaking on Capitol Hill.

Pakistan envoy: Iran nuke deal would lower tensions, boost projects

While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was warning in his Tuesday address to Congress that Iran's neighbors feared the potential nuclear agreement now being negotiated by the Obama administration and its international partners, at least one of those neighbors said it is rooting strongly that a deal can be struck. Published March 3, 2015

DAVID R. SANDS: Nakamura rocks Gibraltar, reclaims top U.S. rating slot in chess

Top-ranked U.S. GM Hikaru Nakamura rules the Rock, having just won this year's edition of the strong Tradewise Gibraltar open tournament on the British Mediterranean outpost with an 8½-1½ score. Nakamura, now being challenged by rising GM Wesley So as the top-rated American player, didn't drop a game, defeating ex-world champion Veselin Topalov and Chinese star GM Yu Yangyi along the way. Published February 10, 2015

During a joint news conference with President Obama Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel indicated that Berlin still supported keeping Greece in the eurozone, but stood strongly behind the austerity program demanded by the Troika. (Associated Press)

Merkel takes tough line on Greece ahead of key meeting

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave no sign Monday she's ready to ease the hard line she has taken with the new government in Greece over its financial crisis, saying the austerity package her government has demanded remains the "basis of any discussion we have" with Athens over a new bailout. Published February 9, 2015

In this Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, file photo, human resources manager Leslie Almeida, right, signs in job seekers during a job fair at Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Miami Beach, Fla. Payroll processor ADP reports, on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, how many jobs private employers added in January. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Hiring strong, but U.S. jobless rate ticks up to 5.7 percent

The U.S. job machine continued to fire on all cylinders in January, adding a higher-than-expected 257,000 jobs while estimates of previous monthly growth were also revised sharply higher, the government reported Friday. Published February 6, 2015