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

Whatever happened to Obama’s pivot to Asia?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, April 16, 2015 The Obama administration’s foreign policy energies are fully engaged in the Middle East — negotiating the Iran deal, sending Special Operations forces into Iraq, supporting Saudi airstrikes in Yemen, working with the Syrian rebels. Whatever happened to the pivot to Asia? Remember, the basic argument behind the pivot … Continue reading

Will Washington allow the pursuit of positive foreign policy?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, January 29, 2015 NEW DELHI — President Obama’s trip to India was strategically important, symbolically resonant and deftly executed. But it coincided with a snowstorm in some Northeastern states, so it struggled to get airtime and ink in the United States. In India, on the other hand, newspapers devoted pages to … Continue reading

China’s growing clout

By Fareed Zakaria As Moscow continues to send its forces into Ukraine, it seems clear that Vladimir Putin’s Russia presents the United States and the West with a frontal challenge. But in the longer run, it is not Russia’s overt military assault but China’s patient and steady non-military moves that pose the larger challenge. Russia … Continue reading

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