Trump: For the love of Putin

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, July 13, 2017 The latest revelations about Russia and President Trump’s campaign are useful because they might help unravel the mystery that has always been at the center of this story. Why has Trump had such a rosy attitude toward Russia and President Vladimir Putin? It is such an unusual position … Continue reading

We think North Korea is crazy. What if we’re wrong?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, July 6, 2017 In Washington, there is a conventional wisdom on North Korea that spans both parties and much of elite opinion. It goes roughly like this: North Korea is the world’s most bizarre country, run by a crackpot dictator with a strange haircut. He is unpredictable and irrational and cannot … Continue reading

On North Korea: Bluster in search of strategy

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017 Every American administration takes a while to settle into a basic approach to the world. President Trump’s team has had a rockier start than most, with many important positions in every key agency still unfilled. More worrying, the administration’s basic foreign policy is coming into view, and it … Continue reading

Trump prepares to pass the world leadership baton to China

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017 We do not yet have the official agenda for next month’s meeting in Florida between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. But after 75 years of U.S. leadership on the world stage, the Mar-a-Lago summit might mark the beginning of a handover of power from the United … Continue reading

Everyone seems to agree globalization is a sin. They’re wrong.

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 DAVOS, Switzerland The World Economic Forum this year feels like an exercise in ritual self-flagellation, which — as with the old Christian practice of fasting and whipping one’s own body — is supposed to purify the sinful nature of man. The sin, of course, is globalization, which everyone … Continue reading

Trump could be the best thing that’s happened to China in a long time

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 Donald Trump has perhaps attacked no country as consistently as China. During his campaign, he thundered that China was “raping” the United States, “killing” us on trade and artificially depressing its currency to make its goods cheap. Since being elected, he has spoken to the leader of Taiwan … 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

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

What the Olympics reveal about the world

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, August 25, 2016 The Olympics are over, and the verdict is in: America won. The United States left Rio with the most gold, silver and bronze medals. The last time a single nation topped all three categories was 40 years ago (except for boycotted games in 1980 and 1984). The U.S. … 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