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

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

It’s not just Trump: The GOP is not serious on the economy

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, August 11, 2016 In recent days, I have had a dream: that America has a real Republican Party, a party offering a serious right-of-center alternative to the Democrats. Such a contest of ideas would improve the public debate and offer Americans a real choice, not the cartoon campaign we have today. … Continue reading

The unbearable stench of Trump’s B.S.

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, August 4, 2016 A few days ago, I was asked on CNN to make sense of one more case in which Donald Trump had said something demonstrably false and then explained it away with a caustic tweet and an indignant interview. I replied that there was a pattern here and a … Continue reading

The Democrats’ big bet

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, July 28, 2016 I came to America in 1982, attracted to the country and interested in its politics. Those were days of economic trauma (a deep recession) and national security fears. And I came from India, where the conventional wisdom was quasi-socialist and anti-American. Still, I found myself fascinated by Ronald … Continue reading

America would be Trump’s banana republic

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, July 21, 2016 Over the years, I have watched campaigns in third world countries in which one candidate accuses the other of being a criminal, sometimes even threatening to jail his opponent once elected. But I cannot recall this happening in any Western democracy until this week. The Republican convention has … Continue reading

Obama’s Whac-A-Mole strategy

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, July 14, 2016 It has become conventional wisdom to note that President Obama has failed in his efforts to extricate the United States from military conflicts in the Middle East. Having promised to end these wars, he has in the past year expanded U.S. interventions in Iraq, Syria and other countries. … Continue reading