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

The politics of the future: Be open and armed

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, July 7, 2016 If Tony Blair is remembered in history only for his support of the Iraq War, that will be a tragedy. The former British prime minister was one of his generation’s most important political leaders, bringing the left out of the wilderness and reshaping it for the post-Cold War … Continue reading

The obvious Trump running mate? Bernie Sanders, of course

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, June 30, 2016 Republican leaders such as House Speaker Paul D. Ryan have explained that their core rationale in supporting Donald Trump is that only he can ensure the success of conservative, free-market ideas. The alternative, Ryan notes, is Hillary Clinton, who would simply continue Barack Obama’s policies. One wonders how … Continue reading

The GOP’s deafening silence on Trump

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, June 16, 2016 Once Donald Trump locked up the nomination, Republicans were confident about his next moves. He would tone down his rhetoric and pivot to the center. “Donald Trump understands that this is not a primary season anymore,” said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. Trump aide Paul Manafort explained … Continue reading

Can Hillary Clinton win?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, June 9, 2016 Hillary Clinton has had a good run in recent days. She delivered her best speech yet, secured the Democratic nomination, beat Bernie Sanders in California and received President Obama’s endorsement. But will this last? Can she win in November? Some scholars believe that the outcome of a presidential … Continue reading

How long will we ignore Syria’s suffering?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, June 2, 2016 As the conflict in Syria has raged and spilled over its borders, I have been skeptical that there is an American military solution to the complex political and religious problems at the heart of the crisis. I remain skeptical and am glad that the Obama administration has been … Continue reading

America is still great — but it needs to stay strong

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, May 26, 2016 Donald Trump’s positions on public policy have shifted over the years, months, even days. On Sunday, he managed to express two contradictory thoughts within one sentence: “I don’t want to have guns in classrooms, although in some cases teachers should have guns in classrooms, frankly.” But on one … Continue reading

The winding down of the start-ups

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, May 19, 2016 PALO ALTO, Calif. — Silicon Valley has more than 23,000 start-ups, at least according to the networking site AngelList. It certainly feels that way when you’re in Palo Alto. But it turns out that this place is the exception to a worrying trend. It is by now well … Continue reading

The failures of success

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, May 12, 2016 Iraq is collapsing as a country. This week’s bombings in Baghdad, which killed more than 90 people, are just further reminders that the place remains deeply unstable and violent. There is a lesson to be drawn from this, one that many powerful people in Washington are still resisting. … Continue reading

How would Trump fare as America’s CEO?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, May 5, 2016 At the heart of Donald Trump’s appeal is his fame as a successful businessman. It’s why most of his supporters don’t worry about his political views or his crude rhetoric and behavior. He’s a great chief executive and will get things done. No one believes this more than … Continue reading

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