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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

China, Russia to hold South China Sea 'drills' next month

Amid rising tensions with the Obama administration and its neighbors across East Asia, China will hold a week of naval drills with Russia in the South China Sea next month, the two countries said Monday. Published August 22, 2016

Pastor Evan Mawarire told the Atlantic Council on Wednesday that Zimbabweans have run out of patience with President Robert Mugabe. (Associated Press)

Pastor poses threat to Robert Mugabe's authoritarian rule in Zimbabwe

The national flag draped around his shoulders, Zimbabwe's most unlikely dissident said Wednesday that his popular protest movement has already triumphed over the government of authoritarian President Robert Mugabe and outlined plans to turn up the heat against the government in the run-up to elections in 2018. Published August 17, 2016

Rising U.S. chess star captures high-powered Sinquefield Cup

It wasn't the biggest payday of his career, but it was easily his biggest win. U.S. GM Wesley So scored his first clear win in a superelite event, taking home the top prize and $75,000 at the 4th Sinquefield Cup tournament at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis. Published August 16, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves after delivering an economic policy speech to the Detroit Economic Club, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Members of GOP foreign-policy apparatus refuse to endorse Trump

More than four dozen members of the Republican foreign policy establishment, including the former heads of the CIA, World Bank and Department of Homeland Security, have put their names to an open letter saying GOP nominee Donald Trump is unfit and unqualified to serve as president and commander in chief. Published August 8, 2016

In Ohio, GOP hopes close-up look will prove flattering

The Republicans "definitely made a smart decision" to come to his home state to hold their convention, Nick Mitulinski figures, taking a break from fixing a balky hotel air conditioning compressor in this Cleveland suburb. Published July 24, 2016

The Oklahoma state attorney general described Mike Pence, Donald Trump's pick for vice president, as "a solid conservative choice who understands the issues of federalism at a very personal level." (Associated Press)

Trump pick in Pence, list of justices eases AGs' worries

The Republican state attorneys general who have scored some of the biggest legal victories rolling back President Obama's regulatory policies and executive orders said Tuesday they think they will have an ally in the White House if Donald Trump is elected in November. Published July 19, 2016

Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort walks around the convention floor before the opening session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) ** FILE **

GOP convention winners: Depression-era edition

Smoot and Hawley are back in and Glass and Steagall may be next in line for rehabilitation, if Donald Trump carries out the financial agenda in the platform approved by the Republican delegates here Monday. Published July 18, 2016

A wide world of chess winners dominates World Open

At the 44th World Open, the world came to play. The seven players who topped the massive traditional July Fourth open tournament in Philadelphia represented a veritable United Nations of grandmasters, hailing from Hungary, Moldova, Georgia (the country), Israel, Russia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine, all finishing at 7-2. Published July 12, 2016