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

Democrats need to focus on the gut, not the head

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 As Democrats contemplate their losses in November’s election, most have settled on a solution. They believe that the party needs more economically populist policies. But this misses an essential reality: Most people don’t vote on the basis of policies. There is excellent research by political scientists and psychologists … Continue reading

President flip-flop, I hope

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, November 24, 2016 So Donald Trump now says, in an interview with the New York Times, that he believes there is some connection between human activity and climate change, that Hillary Clinton should not be prosecuted, and that, after one conversation with retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, he might be … Continue reading

What Trump’s international admirers are celebrating

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, November 17, 2016 Much of the world has been shocked and dismayed by Donald Trump’s electoral success, but there are those who are delighted. “This was a victory for the forces which oppose globalization, are fighting illegal migration and are in favor of clean ethnic states,” declared a spokesperson for Golden … Continue reading

The two sins revealed by this election

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, November 10, 2016 For those of us who opposed Donald Trump, the response to Tuesday’s vote could be anger or honest reflection. I’m not by nature an angry person, so I will try the latter. Trump remade the political map with a huge surge of support from working-class whites, particularly in … Continue reading

Why Donald Trump is different

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, November 3, 2016 Over the course of this campaign, I have heard from many people who have cheered my opposition to Donald Trump. But others have objected, arguing that I was being biased, that Hillary Clinton has many flaws as well. So let me try to explain, one last time, why … Continue reading

Why has Trump run such a bad campaign?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, October 27, 2016 As this presidential election draws to its close, I keep wondering: Why has Donald Trump run such an ineffective campaign? Trump began with three big advantages. The Democrats were seeking a third consecutive term in the White House, something that a political party has achieved only twice in … Continue reading

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