Trump may repeat a tragic history

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s comprehensive documentary series on the Vietnam War is filled with the stories and voices of ordinary soldiers on all sides of the conflict. But the most tragic aspect of the tale, for me, was hearing President Lyndon B. Johnson on tape, before full … Continue reading

China is winning the future. Here’s how.

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 This week, the front page of the New York Times described the Trump administration’s repeal of the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration’s attempt to slash carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. “The war on coal is over,” declared Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. Right under that … Continue reading

Talking about mental health after mass shootings is a cop-out

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 “He was a sick man, a demented man,” said President Trump, trying to explain the latest mass shooting in the United States. We hear this view expressed routinely, after every new incident. But it is a dodge, a distortion of the facts and a cop-out as to the … Continue reading

There’s a way out on North Korea

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 The confrontation between the United States and North Korea is in a more dangerous zone than at any point in decades. Each side has announced tough positions, issued threats and underscored that its positions are nonnegotiable. Each side is now boxed in, with little room to maneuver. How … Continue reading

Trump embraces a post-American world

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 President Trump’s speech to the United Nations was well delivered. But it was a strange mishmash of topics and tones, in parts celebrating realpolitik but then also asserting the importance of freedom and democracy. There was, however, one overriding theme — the embrace of nationalism. And in striking … Continue reading

Kim Jong Un — smart and strategic?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 I am sometimes asked what world figure I most want to interview. For me, the answer is obvious: Kim Jong Un. The general impression around the globe continues to be that the North Korean leader is crazy, provocative and unpredictable, but I think that he might well be … Continue reading

Stop being afraid of more government. It’s exactly what we need.

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 Seeing the devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and of wildfires out West, one cannot help but think about the crucial role that government plays in our lives. But while we accept, even celebrate, the role of government in the wake of such disasters, we are largely … Continue reading

Trump signs on to the forever war in Afghanistan

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 There is surely no greater sign of the bankruptcy of U.S. foreign policy than its Afghanistan policy. After more than 15 years of war and the deployment of hundreds of thousands of troops, a new president entered the Oval Office poised to fundamentally change that policy. Within months … Continue reading

The mealy-mouthed cowardice of America’s elites after Charlottesville

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 Much of the United States has reacted swiftly and strongly to President Trump’s grotesque suggestion that there is a moral equivalence between the white supremacists who converged last weekend on Charlottesville and those who protested against them. But the delayed, qualified and mealy-mouthed reactions of many in America’s leadership class … Continue reading

Trump has been making ominous threats his whole life

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 How did we get here? Why does it appear that we’re on the brink of a war in Asia, one that could involve nuclear weapons? North Korea has had nuclear-weapons capacity for at least 10 years. Have its recent advances been so dramatic and significant to force the United States to wage … Continue reading