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Why surprise attacks won’t defeat the Islamic State

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, October 20, 2016 The battle for Mosul will soon demonstrate that the key to success against the Islamic State is not that Washington should have surprised it or “bombed the hell” out of it. About 100,000 coalition forces are involved in helping to liberate the city, backed by formidable U.S. air … Continue reading

The GOP is history. What about the country?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, October 13, 2016 Politics is an enduring feature of human life, but political parties are mortal. This week we watched the beginning of the end of one of the United States’ great, illustrious parties. The Republican Party, as we knew it, is dying. The death of a party is not so … Continue reading

Trump’s real charitable gift: exposing the corruption of the U.S. tax code

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, October 6, 2016 Donald Trump has done America a great public service. No, really. By taking advantage of the country’s tax laws in such spectacular fashion, he has shone a spotlight on the corruption that is at the heart of American politics — the tax code. When most people discuss taxes, … Continue reading

Can Republicans be rational, not tribal?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, September 29, 2016 Donald Trump is a strange standard-bearer for Republicans. He espouses few of the party’s traditional positions and disavows most of its icons. Almost every important conservative publication — National Review, the Weekly Standard, Commentary — opposes him, as do most leading conservative pundits, from George Will to David … Continue reading

The center can still hold

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, September 22, 2016 It’s the annual gathering of world leaders in New York this week, and for most of them, it’s time for group therapy. Around the globe, leaders of all stripes seem afflicted with the same malady: low approval ratings. Morgan Stanley’s Ruchir Sharma has pointed out that the median … Continue reading

Why we are all deplorables now

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, September 15, 2016 Whether you put them in a basket or not, the question of this election is: Who are Donald Trump’s supporters? One way to answer that question is to widen its scope beyond the United States. Trump is part of a broad populist trend running across the Western world. … Continue reading

How to win the war on terror

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, September 8, 2016 On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, I was driving on the Long Island Expressway, heading out to a friend’s house to spend a few weeks working on a book. An hour into my drive, I switched from music to news and listened with horror to reports that … Continue reading

Obama is now alone in Washington

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, September 1, 2016 While we are consumed with the ups and downs of the bizarre U.S. presidential campaign, Barack Obama will make his last trip to Asia as president. The direct purpose of his trip to China is to attend a meeting of the Group of 20, but perhaps more importantly, … Continue reading

What the Olympics reveal about the world

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, August 25, 2016 The Olympics are over, and the verdict is in: America won. The United States left Rio with the most gold, silver and bronze medals. The last time a single nation topped all three categories was 40 years ago (except for boycotted games in 1980 and 1984). The U.S. … Continue reading

Trump and the politics of cultural despair

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, August 18, 2016 For some of us, the puzzle of this election is not why Donald Trump is doing so badly but why he is doing so well. Given his obvious lack of qualifications, his absurd proposals, his hypocrisy, his obnoxious rhetoric, his sheer incompetence as a candidate, why is he … Continue reading