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Free-falling countries

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, February 4, 2016 One of Donald Trump’s stock campaign lines is that the Iran nuclear agreement was “terrible.” I’m beginning to wonder whether that’s true, but from the other side. Iran has ended up with a much worse deal than it expected. Remember, Tehran entered the negotiations in the heady days … Continue reading

The GOP’s double-barreled revolt

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, January 28, 2016 To understand why the current conservative crack-up so confounds the Republican establishment, you have to recognize that the party is facing two separate but simultaneous revolts: one led by Ted Cruz, the other by Donald Trump. The first is well described by E.J. Dionne Jr. in his important … Continue reading

Can political turmoil be a sign of strength?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, January 21, 2016 DAVOS, Switzerland — Conversations here at the World Economic Forum might begin with the global economy, but sooner or later they turn to Donald Trump. The Republican primary contest has gotten everyone’s attention. Some remain entertained, but many of the people I’ve spoken with are worried. As one … Continue reading

Bile, venom and lies: How I was trolled on the Internet

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, January 14, 2016 Thomas Jefferson often argued that an educated public was crucial for the survival of self-government. We now live in an age in which that education takes place mostly through relatively new platforms. Social networks — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. — are the main mechanisms by which people receive … Continue reading

America can’t stop the sectarian tidal wave

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, January 7, 2016 Over the past two decades, the United States has approached the Middle East through its own conceptual frameworks: dictatorships vs. democracy, secularism vs. religion, order vs. chaos. But the most significant trend shaping the region today is something different: Sunnis vs. Shiites. That sectarian struggle now infects almost … Continue reading

The great American power shift

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, December 31, 2015 Why is Middle America killing itself? The fact itself is probably the most important social science finding in years. It is already reshaping American politics. The Post’s Jeff Guo notes that the people who make up this cohort are “largely responsible for Donald Trump’s lead in the race … Continue reading

I called it ‘radical Islam.’ So what?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, December 17, 2015 “Radical Islamic terrorism.” Apparently, the phrase — if you can actually say it — has mystical powers. At Tuesday’s Republican debate, the candidates once more took pains to point out that they would speak the dreaded words that President Obama and Hillary Clinton dare not. “We have a … Continue reading

How to polarize people

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, December 10, 2015 I think of myself first and foremost as an American. I’m proud of that identity because as an immigrant, it came to me through deep conviction and hard work, not the accident of birth. I also think of myself as a husband, father, guy from India, journalist, New … Continue reading

Anti-Muslim rhetoric isn’t brave

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, December 3, 2015 The most recent act of horrific violence in the United States — in San Bernardino, Calif. — was reportedly perpetrated by a Muslim man and woman. There are about 3 million Muslims in the United States, almost all of whom are law-abiding citizens. How should they react to … Continue reading

Isn’t separate inherently unequal?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, November 26, 2015 The recent controversies on American campuses such as Yale and the University of Missouri have been sad to watch. They reveal a country of chasms, in which ethnic and racial groups see, experience and speak of the world so differently. I find it difficult to comment confidently on … Continue reading

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