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

America must defend itself against the real national security menace

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Mar. 9, 2017 This week, we have watched the perfect example of a country fighting the last war. The Trump administration has devoted weeks of energy and political capital to rolling out its temporary travel ban against citizens of six Muslim-majority countries, none of whom, according to the libertarian Cato Institute, … Continue reading

Throwing more money at the military won’t make it stronger

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Mar. 2, 2017 The first time I met Gen. David Petraeus, he said something that surprised me. It was the early days of the Iraq War and, although things were not going well, he had directed his region in the north skillfully and effectively. I asked him whether he wished he … Continue reading

Trump is putting on a great circus, but what about his promises?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 Let’s say you are a Trump voter, the kind we often hear about — an honest, hard-working American who put up with Donald Trump’s unusual behavior because you wanted a president who would stop playing Washington’s political games, bring a businessman’s obsession with action and results, and focus on the … Continue reading

Stephen Bannon’s words and actions don’t add up

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 Perhaps it’s just me, but a few weeks into the Trump presidency, between the tweets, executive orders, attacks and counterattacks, I feel dizzy. So I’ve decided to take a break from the daily barrage and try to find the signal amid the noise: What is the underlying philosophy of this … Continue reading

Sorry, President Trump. I agree with you.

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 After his spat with Mexico, after the travel ban, this week President Trump did something that surprised me. He put in place a policy with which I agreed. He placed a smart check on ever-proliferating federal regulations. His executive action requires any department that wants to add a … 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

The force behind populism everywhere? Immigration.

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 A joke among journalists is that we are taught to count: “one, two, trend.” But at this point, I think it’s fair to say that we are witnessing a populist trend around the world. The real question is, what is fueling its extraordinary rise? Almost a month after … Continue reading

President flip-flop, I hope

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, November 24, 2016 So Donald Trump now says, in an interview with the New York Times, that he believes there is some connection between human activity and climate change, that Hillary Clinton should not be prosecuted, and that, after one conversation with retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, he might be … Continue reading