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Why democracy took root in Tunisia and not Egypt

By Fareed Zakaria More than 20 years ago, the scholar Samuel Huntington established his “two-turnover test” for fledgling democracies. A country can be said to be a consolidated democracy, he argued, only when there have been two peaceful transitions of power. This week, with its second parliamentary election, Tunisia passed Huntington’s test. Tunisia’s relative success … Continue reading

Why Edward Snowden should agree to stand trial in the U.S.

By Fareed Zakaria “Citizenfour,” a recently released documentary about Edward Snowden, is engrossing mainly because we get to see, up very close, the man behind the controversy. And he comes off well — thoughtful, articulate, a bit nervous but intelligent and well-intentioned. I say this as someone who believes that Snowden broke the law and … Continue reading

Obama needs to dial back his Syria strategy

By Fareed Zakaria From the start, President Obama’s Syria policy has foundered because of a gap between words and deeds. And he’s done it again. Having declared that the aim of U.S. policy is to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State, Obama now finds himself pressured to escalate military action in Syria. This is … Continue reading

Let’s be honest, Islam has a problem right now

By Fareed Zakaria When television host Bill Maher declares on his weekly show that “the Muslim world . . . has too much in common with ISIS ” and guest Sam Harris says that Islam is “the mother lode of bad ideas,” I understand why people are upset. Maher and Harris, an author, made crude simplifications and exaggerations. … Continue reading

China’s trapped transition

By Fareed Zakaria In 2006, Chinese American scholar Minxin Pei published a book called “China’s Trapped Transition.” In it, he invoked the most established “law” in political science — that over time, countries that grow economically tend to become more democratic. (Oil-rich states are the exception.) China had achieved decades of growth, Pei pointed out, … Continue reading

The fight against the Islamic State must include Iran

By Fareed Zakaria If President Obama truly wants to degrade and destroy the Islamic State, he must find a way to collaborate with Iran — the one great power in the Middle East with which the United States is still at odds. Engagement with Iran — while hard and complicated — would be a strategic … Continue reading

India’s bold new leader

By Fareed Zakaria NEW DELHI Narendra Modi, India’s new prime minister, radiates confidence. He has the first outright majority in India’s parliament in 30 years. The public lauds him, world leaders court him and the Bombay Stock Exchange continues to soar. But will this moment of euphoria translate into lasting gains? Can India become the … Continue reading

Can we defeat the Islamic State?

By Fareed Zakaria Here we go again. The United States has declared war on another terrorist group. President Obama’s speech Wednesday night outlined a tough, measured strategy to confront the Islamic State — which is a threat to the region and beyond. But let’s make sure in the execution of this strategy that we learn … Continue reading

Why they still hate us, 13 years later

By Fareed Zakaria/The Washington Post Watching the gruesome execution videos, I felt some of the same emotions I did after 9/11. Barbarism is designed to provoke anger, and it succeeded. But in September 2001, it also made me ask, “Why do they hate us?” I tried to answer that question in an essay for Newsweek … Continue reading

Fareed Zakaria’s statement responding to the charges by two anonymous bloggers

In August 2012, CNN, Time and the Washington Post separately conducted extensive reviews of my commentary. As one part of this process, they ran my columns and cover stories (which span over 20 years) through software programs designed to detect plagiarism. All three informed me that the reviews cleared me fully. Two anonymous bloggers today … Continue reading

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