There’s a lot to be optimistic about these days. And then there’s the Middle East.

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 There’s a lot to be optimistic about today. In almost every part of the world, economies are growing and war, poverty and disease are receding. But then there is the Middle East. Syria remains a collapsed country; more than 5 million of its people have already fled. Yemen … Continue reading

Give South Korea a gold medal

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 As the world’s attention turns briefly away from President Trump and toward the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, it’s worth focusing not just on the sports but also on this year’s host country. South Korea is, in some senses, the most successful nation in the world, and its success … Continue reading

Trump has drawn three red lines. They’re all likely to be crossed.

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 President Trump’s State of the Union speech mostly ignored the world outside the United States. He made a few tough statements on the Iran deal and Guantanamo and described (accurately) the evil nature of the North Korean regime, but he said very little about his foreign policy. This … Continue reading

The Trump we saw in Davos should leave us encouraged

By Fareed Zakaria Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 DAVOS, Switzerland Ever since Donald Trump was elected president, I have said that when he did something right, I would say so. That’s gotten me into trouble with some readers, but I’m going to do it again. On Friday at the World Economic Forum, Trump gave a good … Continue reading

There’s a middle ground on immigration. Both sides refuse to find it.

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Jan. 18, 2017 Emmanuel Macron is today the most admired world leader among liberals, centrists and cosmopolitans around the globe. He has managed to win the French presidency, enact reforms and stay relatively popular — all while speaking positively about the free market, the European Union, globalization and trade. He has … Continue reading

Steve Bannon has a point

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 The fire and fury over Michael Wolff’s book has largely centered on the personalities and power struggles within the White House. But behind all of that lies an important political development, one that explains the real rift between President Trump and his former chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon. … Continue reading

Iran has the ingredients for revolution – but a strong regime to ward it off

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 The most enlightening commentary on what is going on in Iran right now was written 162 years ago. In his book on the French Revolution, Alexis de Tocqueville said: “Revolutions are not always brought about by a gradual decline from bad to worse. Nations that have endured patiently … Continue reading

The decline of U.S. influence is the great global story of our age

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 Daniel Kahneman, who won a Nobel Prize in economics for reshaping our understanding of human motivation, once said: “No one ever made a decision because of a number. They need a story.” That’s as true for nations as for individuals. Countries have always oriented themselves within a larger … Continue reading

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