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

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

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

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

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

America is being changed – but by whom?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, February 11, 2016 It is the line that might have sunk a presidential campaign. “[Barack Obama] knows exactly what he’s doing,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said at Saturday’s debate (again and again and again). “[He] is undertaking a systematic effort to change this country, to make America more like the rest … Continue reading

I called it ‘radical Islam.’ So what?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, December 17, 2015 “Radical Islamic terrorism.” Apparently, the phrase — if you can actually say it — has mystical powers. At Tuesday’s Republican debate, the candidates once more took pains to point out that they would speak the dreaded words that President Obama and Hillary Clinton dare not. “We have a … Continue reading

The dangers of incrementalism

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, November 5, 2015 It is difficult to find anyone in the Obama administration who believes that putting up to 50 Special Operations soldiers on the ground in Syria will make much of a difference in the raging civil war there. And yet, the president has authorized this expansion of America’s military … Continue reading

Don’t expect Iran to change overnight

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, July 16, 2015 In selling the nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration has been careful to point out that it is just an agreement on nuclear issues. “[The deal] solves one particular problem,” President Obama explained in his news conference on Wednesday. And supporters and critics alike are quick to … Continue reading

You can’t stop the trade machine

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, May 14, 2015 The two most powerful forces that have transformed the world in recent decades have been the expansion of globalization and the information revolution. These two great engines have been chugging away, integrating Asia into the global system and ushering in a digital age that is invading every corner … Continue reading