Trump may repeat a tragic history

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s comprehensive documentary series on the Vietnam War is filled with the stories and voices of ordinary soldiers on all sides of the conflict. But the most tragic aspect of the tale, for me, was hearing President Lyndon B. Johnson on tape, before full … Continue reading

China is winning the future. Here’s how.

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 This week, the front page of the New York Times described the Trump administration’s repeal of the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration’s attempt to slash carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. “The war on coal is over,” declared Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. Right under that … Continue reading

There’s a way out on North Korea

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 The confrontation between the United States and North Korea is in a more dangerous zone than at any point in decades. Each side has announced tough positions, issued threats and underscored that its positions are nonnegotiable. Each side is now boxed in, with little room to maneuver. How … Continue reading

Trump embraces a post-American world

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 President Trump’s speech to the United Nations was well delivered. But it was a strange mishmash of topics and tones, in parts celebrating realpolitik but then also asserting the importance of freedom and democracy. There was, however, one overriding theme — the embrace of nationalism. And in striking … Continue reading

Trump signs on to the forever war in Afghanistan

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 There is surely no greater sign of the bankruptcy of U.S. foreign policy than its Afghanistan policy. After more than 15 years of war and the deployment of hundreds of thousands of troops, a new president entered the Oval Office poised to fundamentally change that policy. Within months … Continue reading

The mealy-mouthed cowardice of America’s elites after Charlottesville

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 Much of the United States has reacted swiftly and strongly to President Trump’s grotesque suggestion that there is a moral equivalence between the white supremacists who converged last weekend on Charlottesville and those who protested against them. But the delayed, qualified and mealy-mouthed reactions of many in America’s leadership class … Continue reading

Trump has been making ominous threats his whole life

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 How did we get here? Why does it appear that we’re on the brink of a war in Asia, one that could involve nuclear weapons? North Korea has had nuclear-weapons capacity for at least 10 years. Have its recent advances been so dramatic and significant to force the United States to wage … Continue reading

Say hello to a post-American world

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, July 27, 2017 In London last week, I met a Nigerian man who succinctly expressed the reaction of much of the world to the United States these days. “Your country has gone crazy,” he said, with a mixture of outrage and amusement. “I’m from Africa. I know crazy, but I didn’t … Continue reading

Donald Trump’s lost opportunity

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, July 20, 2017 There are many ways to evaluate the Trump presidency at the six-month mark. What I am struck by is the path not taken, the lost opportunity. During the campaign, it was clear that Donald Trump had many flaws, but he tapped into a real set of problems facing … Continue reading

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