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

Trump defines foreign policy down

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, April 28, 2016 After Donald Trump’s “major” foreign policy address, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), said that he was very impressed, extolling “the broadness, the vision” of the speech. The Wall Street Journal said it was “serious.” The National Interest’s Jacob Heilbrunn opined that the … Continue reading

Saudi Arabia: The devil we know

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, April 14, 2016 Should the United States cut its ties to Saudi Arabia? The question emerges amid fresh controversies and President Obama’s recent visit to the kingdom. I’ve been a critic of Saudi Arabia for decades, but despite all the problems, I think the United States is better off with the … Continue reading

A transformational president?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, April 7, 2016 In an interview during the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama said that Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of the United States in a way that Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton did not. Clearly, Obama aspired to be a transformational president, like Reagan. At this point, it’s fair to say … Continue reading

Radical before they were religious

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, March 31, 2016 The attacks in Brussels, on the heels of those in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., have stoked an already white-hot debate about Islamic terrorism in the United States. Many in the West, including the two Republican presidential front-runners, Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), urge a campaign … Continue reading

The Republican surrender

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, March 17, 2016 The Republican surrender has begun. Having described Donald Trump as an unacceptable, unconservative, dangerous demagogue, the party establishment appears to be making its peace with the man who keeps winning primaries. The Wall Street Journal editorial page argued vociferously against Trump for months, pointing out that he is … Continue reading

What Sanders and Trump agree on

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, March 10, 2016 The energy fueling the presidential campaign — on both sides of the political spectrum — seems to be a deep despair about the U.S. economy. On this central issue, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have a surprisingly similar message: The American economy has failed. But is the analysis … Continue reading

Where were Republican moderates 20 years ago?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, March 3, 2016 A main cause of the rise of extremism in the world of Islam has been the cowardice of Muslim moderates, who for decades chose not to condemn bad ideas and ugly rhetoric. Fearing that they’d be seen as ideological weaklings, they’ve avoided confronting the cancer in plain sight. … Continue reading

Why the center holds, barely

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, February 25, 2016 “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.” It’s time to quote W.B. Yeats’s famous poem again. But this time, it really does seem that the political center is under intense pressure — from left and right — all over the Western … Continue reading

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