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

U.S. policy on India, and Modi, needs to change

By Fareed Zakaria/The Washington Post Barack Obama’s pivot to Asia has been widely praised. But many critics wish that he would infuse the policy with greater substance and energy. In fact, the administration has the opportunity to fill in one of the great missing pieces of that policy — a strategic relationship with the continent’s … Continue reading

Obama needs to lead with feeling

By Fareed Zakaria/The Washington Post In foreign policy, there is one quick way into the history books: Make a major mistake. Lyndon Johnson and George W. Bush can be sure that, no matter what else is said of them, their decisions leading to military intervention and war will be long discussed. The second path — … Continue reading

America’s educational failings

by Fareed Zakaria/The Washington Post It is now well known that Thomas Piketty — the French economist and author of the 700-page bestseller “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” — argues that the free market tends to produce inequalities of wealth that become dynastic and anti-meritocratic. The solution that everyone is talking about is taxing the … Continue reading

America should work to bring Asia into the club

By Fareed Zakaria/The Washington Post Foreign policy commands attention when it is crisis management. A street revolt breaks out in Egypt or Libya or Ukraine, and everyone asks how the president of the United States should respond. This is an important element of America’s role in the world, but it is essentially reactive and tactical. … Continue reading

The tension between global norms and national interests

By Fareed Zakaria/The Washington Post Russia’s aggression in Ukraine has unified Western democracies, at least in their robust condemnation of the action. But farther afield, one sees a variety of responses that foreshadow the great emerging tension in 21st-century international life: between global norms and national interests. Consider the response of India, the world’s most … Continue reading

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