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

Will Washington allow the pursuit of positive foreign policy?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, January 29, 2015 NEW DELHI — President Obama’s trip to India was strategically important, symbolically resonant and deftly executed. But it coincided with a snowstorm in some Northeastern states, so it struggled to get airtime and ink in the United States. In India, on the other hand, newspapers devoted pages to … Continue reading

The West’s four-part strategy to deal with radical Islam

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, January 22, 2015 DAVOS, Switzerland — The conversation at Davos is often dominated by economics, and this year it’s no different. But the shock of the Paris terror attacks lingers, and discussions at the World Economic Forum here often turn to radical Islam. I posited in my previous column that the … Continue reading

U.S. intervention is not the answer

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, January 15, 2015 The Paris attacks were barbaric but also startling, leading many to ask what can be done to prevent this kind of terrorism. One man has a clear answer. “That attack you saw in Paris? You’ll see an attack in the United States,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told the … Continue reading

Blasphemy and the law of fanatics

By Fareed Zakaria January 8, 2015 As they went on their rampage, the men who killed 12 people in Paris this week yelled that they had “avenged the prophet.” They follow in the path of other terrorists who have bombed newspaper offices, stabbed a filmmaker and killed writers and translators, all to mete out what … Continue reading

American innovation is in trouble

By Fareed Zakaria January 1, 2015  The world is impressed with the United States these days. On recent trips to Europe and Asia, I kept hearing praise of the country’s innovation and entrepreneurship. But a set of new studies suggests that the glittering examples of Facebook, Snapchat and Uber are deceptive. American innovation is in trouble. “Over … Continue reading

Why releasing the CIA torture report will make America stronger

By Fareed Zakaria December 11, 2014 Even some of those who have supported the release of the Senate intelligence committee’s torture report agree that it could damage U.S. interests abroad. And opponents of the report are sure that, in Sen. Ted Cruz’s words, it “will endanger lives, drive away our allies” and “undermine” national security. … Continue reading

Caving to North Korea on ‘The Interview’ sends the wrong message to terrorists

By Fareed Zakaria December 18, 2014 Now that U.S. intelligence officials believe that North Korea was behind the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, the discussion has finally moved away from e-mails about Angelina Jolie to the real story, which is far more troubling. One of the nastiest regimes in the world effectively threatened to launch … Continue reading

Can Ashton Carter rein in a Pentagon out of control?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, December 4, 2014 Chuck Hagel may not have been able to work with the ever more powerful National Security Council staff, but this discussion of personalities misses the point. The key to success for a defense secretary today is the ability to manage not White House aides but rather the Pentagon, … Continue reading

America’s prospects are promising indeed

By Fareed Zakaria Two-thirds of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track, a poll number that has not shifted much in three years. The midterm election results were just another reflection of this pervasive discontent. And yet, looking at the rest of the world, what’s striking is how well the United States is … Continue reading

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