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Whatever happened to Obama’s pivot to Asia?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, April 16, 2015 The Obama administration’s foreign policy energies are fully engaged in the Middle East — negotiating the Iran deal, sending Special Operations forces into Iraq, supporting Saudi airstrikes in Yemen, working with the Syrian rebels. Whatever happened to the pivot to Asia? Remember, the basic argument behind the pivot … Continue reading

Is Iran rational?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, April 9, 2015 At the heart of the concerns surrounding the deal with Iran is a simple question: Is Iran rational? For many critics, the answer is self-evident. The Iranians are “apocalyptic,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has often said, warning that you can’t “bet on their rationality.” Sen. Lindsey Graham … Continue reading

A nuclear deal with Iran is the best option

When making up their minds about the nuclear deal with Iran, people are properly focused on its details. But to figure out whether an agreement that limits and inspects Iran’s nuclear program is acceptable, one has to consider seriously the alternatives to it — and there are really only two. First, a return to sanctions. … Continue reading

Israel’s threat from within

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, March 19, 2015 In an appearance on CBS News’s “Face the Nation” soon before he was reelected as Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu was asked if he was offended that the White House tweeted one of my columns, pointing out that for 25 years, Bibi had been wrong in his predictions about … Continue reading

Where George W. Bush was right

By Fareed Zakaria, Thursday, March 26, 2015 Yemen’s descent into chaos — with jihadist groups jumping in to fill the vacuum of authority — has startled many observers. Just months ago, the White House was touting the country as a model for its anti-terrorism campaign. But Yemen’s trajectory should not surprise anyone. It follows a … Continue reading

Netanyahu enters never-never land

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, March 5, 2015 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress was eloquent, moving and intelligent in identifying the problems with the potential nuclear deal with Iran. But when describing the alternative to it, Netanyahu entered never-never land, painting a scenario utterly divorced from reality. Congress joined him on his fantasy … Continue reading

How to fight an ideological war

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, February 26, 2015 AMMAN, Jordan — Washington is getting enthusiastic about an ideological war these days: not between Democrats and Republicans — that’s old news — but rather between Americans and radical Islam. Many of those who spent the past several weeks insisting that we label jihadi terrorists “Islamic” now urge … Continue reading

The limits of the ‘Islamic’ label

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, February 19, 2015 President Obama stands accused of political correctness for his unwillingness to accuse groups such as the Islamic State of “Islamic extremism,” choosing a more generic term, “violent extremism.” His critics say that you cannot fight an enemy you will not name. Even his supporters feel that his approach … Continue reading

How to ensure that Russia will stick to the Ukrainian cease-fire deal

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, February 12, 2015 The deal announced Thursday to end the fighting in Ukraine will face the same obstacle the previous such agreement has faced: how to ensure that Russia will abide by it. Frustrated by Russia’s continued support for Ukrainian separatists, Western statesmen have begun discussing military assistance for the Ukrainian … Continue reading

Deny the Islamic State what it wants

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, February 5, 2015 Once again, an Islamic State killing leads to fears that it is winning and calls to do more. Fox News’s Bret Baier captured the mood when he said of the latest video: “Horrific and barbaric, as well as calculating and skilled at high-tech propaganda.” The general feeling is … Continue reading

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