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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

Taliban border havens targeted

Last week's Pakistani offensive against an Islamist warlord near Peshawar was an example of what's in store for extremists who challenge the nation's new government militarily, Pakistani Ambassador Husain Haqqani said Monday. Published July 1, 2008

Pakistan prepares to act along Afghan border

Pakistani security forces are preparing a string of actions in the coming days to follow up on the operation last week against a top Islamist militant near Peshawar, Pakistani Ambassador Husain Haqqani said Monday. Published June 30, 2008

Gun control in most countries more stringent than in U.S.

Few countries go as far as the District of Columbia government did in effectively banning handgun ownership, but gun control abroad tends to be far stricter and more intrusive than in the United States. Published June 27, 2008

U.S. doubts resolve to fight militants on border

The United States expressed doubts Wednesday over a Pakistani pledge to fight militants along its border with Afghanistan amid escalating violence that included a massacre of tribal elders and growing tensions between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Published June 26, 2008

Left parties block nuclear deal with U.S.

The stalled U.S.-India nuclear cooperation deal faces a make-or-break hurdle Wednesday as warring factions within India's coalition government meet to decide whether to push ahead with the ambitious pact. Published June 25, 2008

China, India hasten arms race in space

India became the latest country to boost its defense presence in space, announcing last week plans to develop a military space program to counter the fast-growing space defense efforts of neighboring China. Published June 25, 2008

Ethics of military drug testing questioned

Colombian and Indonesian troops have been drafted to test new anti-malaria drugs. South African researchers used Tanzanian soldiers to study the effectiveness of an unorthodox treatment for HIV/AIDS. Published June 22, 2008

Odinga suggests the removal of Mugabe

In an unusually pointed attack on a fellow African leader, Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Tuesday said Zimbabwe under President Robert Mugabe was an "embarrassment" for the continent and said he would back an international force to remove him from office and oversee new elections. Published June 18, 2008

Nuclear dangers rise with oil costs

The rush of countries seeking to obtain nuclear power as the price of oil soars is going to make U.S. efforts to contain nuclear proliferation and keep terrorists from obtaining weapons of mass destruction even harder, the Energy Department's top intelligence chief warned Monday. Published June 17, 2008

Iraq elections likely to see delay

Iraq might be forced to delay critical provincial elections until next year because of political disputes and technical hurdles, an Iraqi lawmaker said Thursday. Published June 13, 2008

Overseas, it’s Obama in a landslide

Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama is crushing Republican rival Sen. John McCain in a poll of citizens of nearly two dozen foreign countries. Published June 12, 2008

Protests of cost of fuel go global

The problem at the pump is fast becoming a crisis at the polls as governments around the world face rising popular unrest and violence because of record-high energy prices. Published June 10, 2008

Settlements seen subverting talks

Top Palestinian negotiators complained Tuesday that continuing Israeli settlement construction on contested land was undermining chances of a peace deal this year, even as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the Bush administration still hoped to nail down at least the outlines of a peace deal before Mr. Bush leaves office in January. Published June 4, 2008

Transit gains hailed in country’s rebuilding effort

Iraqis reclaimed a small but symbolically significant patch of sovereignty with the certification of the first three civilian air-traffic controllers for Baghdad International Airport, U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters said. Published June 1, 2008

Violence tars S. Africa’s racial-reconciliation image

South Africa was the "Rainbow Nation," the conqueror of the racist apartheid system and the economic hub of sub-Saharan Africa. But three weeks of violence, rioting and looting have badly tarred its reputation abroad. Published June 1, 2008

Violence sullies soccer glory

It was meant as the ultimate symbol of South Africa's emergence as a global player - in both senses of the term - but the award to host soccer's World Cup tournament in 2010 has become caught up in the country's recent spasm of anti-foreigner violence. Published June 1, 2008

Iraqis oppose U.S. security pact

Intense opposition in Iraq to a new bilateral security agreement governing American forces in the country threatens the proposed pact's success. Published May 31, 2008

Japan sweetens offer to Africa

Africa's presidents, prime ministers and central bankers have been racking up frequent-flier miles in recent months as East Asia's booming economies host competing summits to make friends and influence people across the resource-rich continent. Published May 28, 2008