The United States is stumbling into another decade of war

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, June 22, 2017 While we have been focused on the results of special elections, the ups and downs of the Russia investigation and President Trump’s latest tweets, under the radar, a broad and consequential shift in U.S. foreign policy appears to be underway. Put simply, the United States is stumbling into … Continue reading

The country is frighteningly polarized. This is why.

Wednesday’s shooting at a congressional baseball practice was a ghastly example of the political polarization that is ripping this country apart. Political scientists have shown that Congress is more divided than at any time since the end of Reconstruction. I am struck not simply by the depth of partisanship these days, but increasingly also by … Continue reading

Trump didn’t know the Middle East could be so complicated

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, June 8, 2017 President Trump returned from his first overseas trip convinced that he had unified the United States’ historic Arab allies, dealt a strong blow against terrorism and calmed the waters of an unruly Middle East. Since then we have seen a series of terrorist attacks in Europe and the … Continue reading

Trump’s radical doctrine of retreat

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, June 1, 2017 We now have a Trump Doctrine, and it is, at least in its conception and initial execution, the most radical departure from a bipartisan U.S. foreign policy since 1945. In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn and national security adviser H.R. … Continue reading

How Saudi Arabia played Donald Trump

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, May 25, 2017 This week’s bombing in Manchester, England, was another gruesome reminder that the threat from radical Islamist terrorism is ongoing. And President Trump’s journey to the Middle East illustrated yet again how the country central to the spread of this terrorism, Saudi Arabia, has managed to evade and deflect … Continue reading

Trump vs. Comey is he said-he said

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, May 18, 2017 For most of his life, Donald Trump has found words to be his friends. He has used them to build his business, dramatize his achievements and embellish his accomplishments. As important, he has used them to explain away his missteps and to paper over his problems. He built … Continue reading

The Comey firing reminds us of a bigger danger

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, May 11, 2017 I have tried to evaluate Donald Trump’s presidency fairly. I’ve praised him when he has appointed competent people to high office and expressed support for his policies when they seemed serious and sensible (even though this has drawn criticism from some quarters). But there has always been another … Continue reading

Trump is turning other countries against the United States

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, May 4, 2017 There has been much focus on President Trump’s erratic foreign policy — the outlandish positions, the many flip-flops, the mistakes. But far more damaging in the long run might be what some have termed the Trump effect: his impact on the domestic politics of other countries. That effect … Continue reading

The education of Donald Trump – and us

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Apr. 27, 2017 There are so many unusual, unprecedented aspects of President Trump’s first 100 days in office that it’s hard to know where to begin. By his own yardstick, the number of promises unfulfilled is staggering. During the campaign, Trump said he would ask for a bill repealing Obamacare “my … 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