GOP tax bill would usher in a bleak future

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 If the Republican tax plan passes Congress, it will mark a watershed for the United States. The medium- and long-term effects of the plan will be a massive drop in public investment, which will come on the heels of decades of declining spending (as a percentage of gross … Continue reading

Trump’s Jerusalem decision isn’t diplomacy. It’s pandering.

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 With his decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, President Trump did something puzzling for a person who claims to be a great dealmaker. He made a massive, preemptive concession to one side in a complicated negotiation without getting anything for it in return. If that’s how … Continue reading

Maybe Trump knows his base better than we do

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 Watching the Republican tax plan race through Congress, one is reminded of a big apparent difference between President Trump’s program and other populist movements in the Western world. In the United States, Trump is leading something that is best described as plutocratic populism, a mixture of traditional populist … Continue reading

Trump is in deep with Saudi Arabia. That’s dangerous.

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 President Trump gave a speech this week grading his Asia trip. Not surprisingly, he thought it was a “tremendous success.” “Our great country is respected again in Asia,” he tweeted. All recent polling data from the region suggests the opposite. A core focus of Trump’s trip was Japan … Continue reading

Strongmen have a new playbook for consolidating power

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 The news out of Saudi Arabia has been startling. A country famous for its stability to the point of stagnation is watching a 32-year-old crown prince arrest his relatives, freeze their bank accounts and dismiss them from key posts. But on closer examination, it should not be so … Continue reading

The cancer of Islamist extremism spreads around the world

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 SINGAPORE This week’s tragic terrorist attack in New York was the kind of isolated incident by one troubled man that should not lead to generalizations. In the 16 years since 9/11, the city has proved astonishingly safe from jihadist groups and individuals. And yet, speaking about it to … Continue reading

While we obsess over Trump, China is making history

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 While news and analysis in the United States continue to be obsessed with President Trump’s daily antics and insults, halfway around the world, something truly historic just happened. China signaled that it now sees itself as the world’s other superpower, positioning itself as the alternative, if not rival, … Continue reading

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