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Lessons from the war against al-Qaeda

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, November 19, 2015 Henry Kissinger has noted that in his adult lifetime, the United States has fought five major wars and began each one with great enthusiasm and public support. But in each of them, Americans soon began to ask, “How quickly can you withdraw?” In three of these conflicts, he … Continue reading

Trump and the Republican crack-up

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, November 12, 2015 Today’s conventional wisdom is that Donald Trump’s best days are behind him and that his poll numbers will soon descend. Maybe. But Trump has come to represent something fundamental about the Republican Party: the growing gap between its leaders and its political constituency. Even if he disappears, this … Continue reading

The dangers of incrementalism

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, November 5, 2015 It is difficult to find anyone in the Obama administration who believes that putting up to 50 Special Operations soldiers on the ground in Syria will make much of a difference in the raging civil war there. And yet, the president has authorized this expansion of America’s military … Continue reading

A voice of hope in the Muslim world

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, October 29, 2015 “The most important contest in the world right now is between the ISIS model and the Tunisian model,” said Rachid Ghannouchi, who was visiting New York this week. “It’s not between Islam and the West. It’s between ISIS and us.” Ghannouchi is the intellectual leader of Ennahda, Tunisia’s … Continue reading

Trudeau and the power of ‘positive politics’

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, October 22, 2015 Justin Trudeau’s sweeping victory in Canada could be read as one more indication that voters in the Western world are moving left — and toward populism. The past year has seen the rise of Jeremy Corbyn, the new leader of Britain’s Labour Party. In the United States, Bernie … Continue reading

Stop swooning over Putin

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, October 15, 2015 Vladimir Putin has the United States’ foreign policy establishment swooning. One columnist admires the “decisiveness” that has put him “in the driver’s seat” in the Middle East. A veteran diplomat notes gravely, “It’s the lowest ebb since World War II for U.S. influence and engagement in the region.” … Continue reading

The inconvenient truth about Afghanistan

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, October 8, 2015 Recent setbacks in Afghanistan — from the fall of Kunduz to the errant U.S. bombing of a hospital in that city — again raise a question. Why, after 14 years of American military efforts, is Afghanistan still so fragile? The country has a democratically elected government widely viewed … Continue reading

In Syria, whose side is the United States on?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, October 1, 2015 Vladimir Putin has been able to act forcefully in Syria not because he’s bolder or more decisive than Barack Obama but because he has a clearer strategy. Putin has an ally, the Assad government. He has enemies, the opponents of the government. He supports his ally and fights those enemies. … Continue reading

The main message of Pope Francis (and Jesus)

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, September 24, 2015 I am not a Christian. But growing up in India, I was immersed in Christianity. I attended Catholic and Anglican schools from ages 5 to 18, where we would sing hymns, recite prayers and study the Scriptures. The words and actions of Pope Francis have reminded me what … Continue reading

Donald Trump sells America short

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, September 17, 2015 Donald Trump’s presidential bid is centered on the promise of his personal talents. He says he’s the “most successful person ever to run for the presidency, by far.” (George Washington and Dwight Eisenhower, sit down!) But if there is an idea animating his candidacy, it is that the … Continue reading


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