An open letter to Senator Schumer

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, August 13, 2015 Dear Sen. Schumer, When you announced your decision to vote against the nuclear agreement with Iran, you explained your reasons in a nearly 1,700-word statement that is thoughtful in substance and civil in tone. And yet, in the end, I found it unconvincing. I believe that the agreement … Continue reading

Obama’s optimism is vindicated by history

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, August 6, 2015 Many critics of the nuclear deal with Iran believe that the problem lies in the disposition of the president. “A very, very naive man who does not know how the world works,” said Rick Perry of President Obama. “Dangerously naive,” noted Lindsey Graham. In fact, Obama is not … Continue reading

Don’t expect Iran to change overnight

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, July 16, 2015 In selling the nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration has been careful to point out that it is just an agreement on nuclear issues. “[The deal] solves one particular problem,” President Obama explained in his news conference on Wednesday. And supporters and critics alike are quick to … 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

Why they still hate us, 13 years later

By Fareed Zakaria/The Washington Post Watching the gruesome execution videos, I felt some of the same emotions I did after 9/11. Barbarism is designed to provoke anger, and it succeeded. But in September 2001, it also made me ask, “Why do they hate us?” I tried to answer that question in an essay for Newsweek … 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

Making things worse in the Middle East

By Fareed Zakaria Over the past few months, the Middle East has become an even more violent place than usual. Iraq is now once again home to one of the most bloody civil wars in the world, after Syria of course, which is the worst. Watching these horrors unfold, many in the United States are … Continue reading

Where the Past Is Not Prologue

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Turmoil is a constant in the Middle East, but the region is strengthening By Fareed Zakaria Yasser Arafat’s body has been exhumed for investigation, bringing back memories of the unpredictable Palestinian leader and the Middle East in which he operated. That news broke just as a conventional wisdom began to take hold that the Middle … Continue reading


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