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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

This April 24, 2018, file photo shows  President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron embracing at the conclusion of a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

France argues Israeli evidence bolsters argument for Iran nuclear deal

The French government said Tuesday that its preliminary review of blockbuster new evidence of Iran's nuclear ambitions released by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu actually provides another argument for keeping the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran in place. Published May 1, 2018

Caruana-Izoria after 66...Ng6-f4.

From U.S. title fight, showing the utility of mobility in chess

From Hannibal on down, the great military strategists have appreciated the utility of mobility. It's no less true of chess, a game of war par excellence where the two commanders start out with a perfect equilibrium of forces. Published April 24, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a cabinet meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, April 18, 2018. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) ** FILE **

Putin signs law banning internet 'libel' of public figures

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a hastily passed new law that would give the government the power to shut down websites accused of libeling or publishing defamatory information on public figures. Published April 24, 2018

President Donald Trump arrives to speak about Iran from the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. Trump says Iran is not living up to the "spirit" of the nuclear deal that it signed in 2015, and announced a new strategy in the speech. He says the administration will impose additional sanctions on the regime to block its financing of terrorism. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Trump ready to kill Iran nuclear deal

President Trump is poised to pull the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal next month, with only a last-minute flurry of appeals from European leaders offering a chance of a change of course, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said Wednesday. Published April 18, 2018

In this April 9, 2018, photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. A U.S. university institute at the cutting edge of research on North Korea says the South Korean government has terminated its funding, forcing it to close after it rejected demands to change its leadership. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

Korean summit may include press conference with Kim Jong-un

He is used to unquestioned authority and only travels outside his country in a hermetically sealed railroad car, but North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may soon face a gauntlet he hasn't run before: a press conference. Published April 17, 2018

Azarov-Burke after 42. Ka1-b1.

Catch a rising chess star: John Burke newest American GM

A friend of mine makes it a point to go to as many high school drama productions as he can, in order to brag one day that he once saw Meryl Streep play Emily in "Our Town" or Lin-Manuel Miranda as Curly in "Oklahoma." Catch 'em while they're young and on the rise is his motto. Published April 17, 2018

Pungent pushback: South Korea worries China is stealing its kimchi crown

South Korean officials are mobilizing to restore the country's standing as the world leader in kimchi, worried that cheaper knockoffs from China and changing dietary habits are undermining the country's longtime supremacy in the field of fermented cabbage. Published April 12, 2018

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