Not the worst of times

By Fareed Zakaria The world seems very messy these days, which might be an occasion to examine the broad forces producing the turmoil. But in Washington, of course, it becomes one more opportunity for partisanship. “I do believe that the things we’re seeing in the world today, [which is] in greater turmoil than at any … Continue reading

Hillary Clinton’s truly hard choice: Change or continuity?

By Fareed Zakaria, Thursday, June 26 at 8:08 PM The Washington Post Hillary Clinton’s problem is not her money. Despite the media flurry over a couple of awkward remarks she made, most people will understand her situation pretty quickly — she wasn’t born rich but has become very rich — and are unlikely to hold … 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

Economy needs both reform and investment

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By Fareed Zakaria One way President Obama can begin to put the IRS scandal behind him is by proposing comprehensive tax reform. Beyond the usual Washington theatrics, the real problem is that the U.S. tax code is unbelievably complicated, clocking in around 74,000 pages, with all rulings, regulations and other material. The greater the complexity, … Continue reading

The Baby Boom and Financial Doom

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To rightsize spending, entitlement programs must be reformed By Fareed Zakaria The American left has trained its sights on a new enemy: Pete Peterson. The banker and private-equity billionaire is, at first glance, an obvious target—rich and Republican. He stands accused of being the evil genius behind all the forces urging Washington to do something … Continue reading

The U.S. economy is recovering well

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By Fareed Zakaria The International Monetary Fund’s latest World Economic Outlook makes for gloomy reading. Growth projections have been revised downward almost everywhere, especially in Europe and the big emerging markets such as China. And yet, when looking out over the next four years — the next presidential term — the IMF projects that the … Continue reading

Natural Gas, Fueling an Economic Revolution

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By Fareed Zakaria No one could have predicted that oil prices would rise to todays levels. Saudi Arabias oil minister, Ali al-Naimi, says that they are irrationally high, pointing out that world demand is lower than the available supply and that Saudi oil inventories around the world are largely untapped. The “irrational” cause, of course, … Continue reading

Incarceration Nation

TIME April 2 2012

The war on drugs has succeeded only in putting millions of Americans in jail By Fareed Zakaria Televangelist Pat Robertson ­recently made a gaffe. A gaffe, as journalist Michael Kinsley defined it, occurs when a political figure accidentally tells the truth. Robertson’s truth is that America’s drug war has failed and that the country should … Continue reading

The Case for Making It in the USA

Like it or not (I don’t), we need a manufacturing policy to stay competitive  By Fareed Zakaria In a recent front-page story, the New York Times detailed how Apple’s iPhone ended up being made outside the U.S. In describing the various forces at work—cheap labor, abundant engineers, quick turnarounds—the Times wrote about the Apple executives … Continue reading

The Economic Lessons the Rest of the World Could Teach Us

By Fareed Zakaria, Passion is not enough to change the Republican Party. Despite the Tea Party’s massive burst of energy, it looks increasingly likely that the GOP will nominate Mitt Romney, the front-runner, the guy who ran once before, the former governor who waited his turn to be the standard-bearer. This is a familiar pattern … Continue reading

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