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Not the worst of times

By Fareed Zakaria The world seems very messy these days, which might be an occasion to examine the broad forces producing the turmoil. But in Washington, of course, it becomes one more opportunity for partisanship. “I do believe that the things we’re seeing in the world today, [which is] in greater turmoil than at any … Continue reading

Obama caves to conventional wisdom on Syria

By Fareed Zakaria The Obama administration’s decision to seek $500 million to train and fund elements of the Syrian opposition has been greeted with bipartisan support in Washington. The general consensus is that, if the administration had done this three years ago, the situation in Syria would not have turned into a sectarian civil war. … Continue reading

Identity, not ideology, is moving the world

The Fourth of July, for me, is one of those special American holidays that celebrates not religion, ethnicity or sect but rather freedom and the country’s unique national identity, which is based on it. But around the world these days, we’re seeing the rise of another kind of nationalism, one that can be darker and … Continue reading

Hillary Clinton’s truly hard choice: Change or continuity?

By Fareed Zakaria, Thursday, June 26 at 8:08 PM The Washington Post Hillary Clinton’s problem is not her money. Despite the media flurry over a couple of awkward remarks she made, most people will understand her situation pretty quickly — she wasn’t born rich but has become very rich — and are unlikely to hold … Continue reading

An enclave strategy for Iraq

By Fareed Zakaria, Thursday, June 19, 7:35 PM The Washington Post Can Iraq hold together? It’s worth examining what is happening in that country through a broader prism. If you had looked at the Middle East 15 years ago, you would have seen a string of strikingly similar regimes — from Libya and Tunisia in … Continue reading

Who lost Iraq? The Iraqis did, with an assist from George W. Bush

By Fareed Zakaria/The Washington Post It is becoming increasingly likely that Iraq has reached a turning point. The forces hostile to the government have grown stronger, better equipped and more organized. And having now secured arms, ammunition and hundreds of millions of dollars in cash from their takeover of Mosul — Iraq’s second-largest city — … Continue reading

The perils of leaning forward

By Fareed Zakaria/The Washington Post The controversy over Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has largely obscured what should have been an important initiative by the Obama administration. The president’s trip to Poland was one more step in what is going to be the central task of U.S. foreign policy over the next decade: deterring a great … Continue reading

Obama’s leadership is right for today

By Fareed Zakaria/The Washington Post “Because of his unsure and indecisive leadership in the field of foreign policy, questions are being raised on all sides,” the writer declared, adding that the administration was “plagued by a Hamlet-like psychosis which seems to paralyze it every time decisive action is required.” Is the writer one of the … Continue reading

Sarah Lawrence College, 86th Commencement

by Fareed Zakaria President Lawrence, Chairman of the Board John Hill, Trustees, members of the faculty, parents, and, of course– the reason we are all here – graduating seniors. Thank you for inviting me to be part of this wonderful tradition. This is one of the great moments in American life and it is a … Continue reading

China’s cyberespionage presents a 21st-century challenge

By Fareed Zakaria/The Washington Post Vladimir Putin might be a 19th-century statesman, using old-fashioned muscle to get his way, but it has become clear that Chinese President Xi Jinping goes one step further, comfortably embracing both 19th- and 21st-century tactics. Start with the 19th-century aspect: the huge Sino-Russian natural gas deal signed this week that … Continue reading

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