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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

President Donald Trump's nominee to be the next Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, stands in an elevator after a meeting with Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, on Capitol Hill, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Pompeo confirmation hearing for secretary of state set for Thursday

Mike Pompeo, the outgoing CIA director President Trump has nominated to be his next secretary of state, will go before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Thursday for his confirmation hearing, committee Chairman Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, announced Tuesday morning. Published April 10, 2018

In this Thursday, April 5, 2018 photo, Syrian students run in front of buildings that were destroyed last summer during fighting between U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighters and Islamic State militants, in Raqqa, Syria. Six months after IS was driven out, residents of Raqqa feel they have been abandoned as the world moves on. They are trying to rebuild but fear everyone around them: the Kurdish-led militia that administers the majority Arab city; Syrian government forces nearby; gangs who kidnap or rob whoever shows signs of having money; and IS militants who may still be hiding among the people. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Chemical weapons watchdog plans visit to suspected Syria attack site

Even as President Trump weighs a potential military response, the Dutch-based international chemical weapons watchdog agency said Tuesday it plans a visit to the Syrian city of Douma to investigate reports that the Syrian government launched a deadly chemical attack that killed dozens over the weekend. Published April 10, 2018

With China providing much of the capital, Greek officials have big ambitions for Piraeus, the country's busiest port. (Associated Press/File)

Greece welcomes massive Chinese investment, wonders about American money

Panagiotis Kouroumblis, Greece's minister of maritime affairs, has a simple message for those who worry that China's massive investment in the Greek economy and in the port of Piraeus may give Beijing too much influence in Athens: Get in the game or get left behind. Published April 3, 2018

Carlsen-Caruana after 54. Rc4-c8.

A lot to like, a lot to market in Carlsen-Caruana chess world title match

Both on and off the board, the London organizers of November's world championship title match have to be happy with the outcome of last week's FIDE Candidates Tournament, with American GM Fabiano Caruana breaking through to win the right to take on reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway. Published April 3, 2018

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks to Federal Security Service (FSB) Director Alexander Bortnikov as they attend a security council meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, March 15, 2018. Lavrov said Thursday that Moscow would "certainly" expel some British diplomats in a tit-for-tat response. In remarks carried by the RIA Novosti news agency, Lavrov said the move would come "soon." (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

British cultural council in Moscow closing after 59 years

The Russian branch of the British Council, the U.K. institution promoting British language and culture in more than 100 countries around the world, is the latest casualty of the clash sparked by the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy who was living in England. Published March 22, 2018

Aronian-Kramnik after 19. Bc1-g5.

Stumbling start could doom Levon Aronian's chess title hopes -- again

Levon Aronian is one of the most accomplished players of his generation, a national hero after leading tiny Armenia to gold in three Chess Olympiad gold between 2006 and 2012. He's respected by all his peers, has no real weaknesses in his game, and came into 2018 as one of the hottest players on the international circuit. Published March 20, 2018

CIA Director Mike Pompeo listens to a question during and event on intelligence issues at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) ** FILE **

Mike Pompeo's move to State Department likely bad news for Iran deal

President Trump, who cited his differences Tuesday with Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson over the Iranian nuclear deal as one reason he was fired, is set to get a much tougher voice on Tehran with Mike Pompeo, Mr. Tillerson's replacement. Published March 13, 2018

Chinese President Xi Jinping applauds during the opening session of the annual National People's Congress in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, Monday, March 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China state media says Trump-Kim meeting vindicates Beijing diplomacy

The state-controlled news website Global Times is urging Chinese citizens to take the stunning news of a meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in stride, saying there is no chance the U.S. will be able to "turn" Pyongyang away from its longtime patron. Published March 9, 2018

President Trump is presented a New England Patriots jersey by Patriots owner Robert Kraft, right, and head coach Bill Belichick during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, where the president honored the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots for their Super Bowl LI victory. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Navarro: Trump White House like the New England Patriots

Peter Navarro, President Trump's increasingly influential economic adviser, compared the Trump White House to the NFL's New England Patriots, saying both have managed to have success despite an unusually high rate of employee turnover. Published March 7, 2018

Lein-Chandler after 27... Qd7-f7.

Anatoly Lein, Soviet great-turned-U.S. star, dies at 86

Anatoly Lein, the Leningrad-born grandmaster who was one of the last living members of the wave of Soviet refugees who transformed the U.S. chess landscape in the 1970s and 1980s, died March 1 at the age of 86 at his home outside Cleveland. Published March 7, 2018