Whatever happened to Obama’s pivot to Asia?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, April 16, 2015 The Obama administration’s foreign policy energies are fully engaged in the Middle East — negotiating the Iran deal, sending Special Operations forces into Iraq, supporting Saudi airstrikes in Yemen, working with the Syrian rebels. Whatever happened to the pivot to Asia? Remember, the basic argument behind the pivot … Continue reading

A nuclear deal with Iran is the best option

When making up their minds about the nuclear deal with Iran, people are properly focused on its details. But to figure out whether an agreement that limits and inspects Iran’s nuclear program is acceptable, one has to consider seriously the alternatives to it — and there are really only two. First, a return to sanctions. … Continue reading

China’s growing clout

By Fareed Zakaria As Moscow continues to send its forces into Ukraine, it seems clear that Vladimir Putin’s Russia presents the United States and the West with a frontal challenge. But in the longer run, it is not Russia’s overt military assault but China’s patient and steady non-military moves that pose the larger challenge. Russia … 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 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

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

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

China’s coming challenges

By Fareed Zakaria BEIJING “We are all struck by the contrast between Beijing and Washington,” said George Yeo, the former foreign minister of Singapore. He was referring to the quality of governance in the two capitals — in particular, the sense pervasive in Asia that the United States has lost its ability to execute public … Continue reading

Southeast Asia ponders what is going on in China

By Fareed Zakaria KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia Visiting Malaysia this week, I was expecting a volley of complaints. The country was one stop on President Obama’s planned trip to Asia this month that was canceled because of Washington’s manufactured budget crisis. “We were disappointed, but we understood the situation,” Prime Minister Najib Razak told me. Others … Continue reading

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