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Don’t despair: The center can still win in Europe

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 By now it is settled wisdom that we are witnessing the rise of radical forces on the left and right around the globe. Populists of both varieties, who share a disdain for globalization, are energized, certain that the future is going their way. But the center is rising … Continue reading

Trump is putting on a great circus, but what about his promises?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 Let’s say you are a Trump voter, the kind we often hear about — an honest, hard-working American who put up with Donald Trump’s unusual behavior because you wanted a president who would stop playing Washington’s political games, bring a businessman’s obsession with action and results, and focus on the … Continue reading

Stephen Bannon’s words and actions don’t add up

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 Perhaps it’s just me, but a few weeks into the Trump presidency, between the tweets, executive orders, attacks and counterattacks, I feel dizzy. So I’ve decided to take a break from the daily barrage and try to find the signal amid the noise: What is the underlying philosophy of this … Continue reading

Sorry, President Trump. I agree with you.

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 After his spat with Mexico, after the travel ban, this week President Trump did something that surprised me. He put in place a policy with which I agreed. He placed a smart check on ever-proliferating federal regulations. His executive action requires any department that wants to add a … Continue reading

FDR started the Long Peace. Under Trump, it may be coming to an end.

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 In his first days in office, President Trump has begun to reverse the domestic policies of the previous eight years. But with regard to the United States’ relations with the world, Trump seems far more radical. In word and deed, he appears to be walking away from the … Continue reading

Everyone seems to agree globalization is a sin. They’re wrong.

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 DAVOS, Switzerland The World Economic Forum this year feels like an exercise in ritual self-flagellation, which — as with the old Christian practice of fasting and whipping one’s own body — is supposed to purify the sinful nature of man. The sin, of course, is globalization, which everyone … Continue reading

Trump could be the best thing that’s happened to China in a long time

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 Donald Trump has perhaps attacked no country as consistently as China. During his campaign, he thundered that China was “raping” the United States, “killing” us on trade and artificially depressing its currency to make its goods cheap. Since being elected, he has spoken to the leader of Taiwan … Continue reading

Illiberal democracy in America

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 Two decades ago, I wrote an essay in Foreign Affairs that described an unusual and worrying trend: the rise of illiberal democracy. Around the world, dictators were being deposed and elections were proliferating. But in many of the places where ballots were being counted, the rule of law, … Continue reading

Why would Trump help Putin achieve his goals?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 Put his campaign rhetoric, tweets and appointments all together, and we’re getting a sense of U.S. foreign policy under Donald Trump. The president-elect has consistently signaled that he wants to be accommodating toward Russia and get tough on China. But that sees the world almost backward. China is, … Continue reading

The force behind populism everywhere? Immigration.

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 A joke among journalists is that we are taught to count: “one, two, trend.” But at this point, I think it’s fair to say that we are witnessing a populist trend around the world. The real question is, what is fueling its extraordinary rise? Almost a month after … Continue reading