There’s a lot to be optimistic about these days. And then there’s the Middle East.

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 There’s a lot to be optimistic about today. In almost every part of the world, economies are growing and war, poverty and disease are receding. But then there is the Middle East. Syria remains a collapsed country; more than 5 million of its people have already fled. Yemen … Continue reading

Trump has drawn three red lines. They’re all likely to be crossed.

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 President Trump’s State of the Union speech mostly ignored the world outside the United States. He made a few tough statements on the Iran deal and Guantanamo and described (accurately) the evil nature of the North Korean regime, but he said very little about his foreign policy. This … 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

FDR started the Long Peace. Under Trump, it may be coming to an end.

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 In his first days in office, President Trump has begun to reverse the domestic policies of the previous eight years. But with regard to the United States’ relations with the world, Trump seems far more radical. In word and deed, he appears to be walking away from the … Continue reading

Trump defines foreign policy down

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, April 28, 2016 After Donald Trump’s “major” foreign policy address, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), said that he was very impressed, extolling “the broadness, the vision” of the speech. The Wall Street Journal said it was “serious.” The National Interest’s Jacob Heilbrunn opined that the … Continue reading

Trump and the Republican crack-up

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, November 12, 2015 Today’s conventional wisdom is that Donald Trump’s best days are behind him and that his poll numbers will soon descend. Maybe. But Trump has come to represent something fundamental about the Republican Party: the growing gap between its leaders and its political constituency. Even if he disappears, this … Continue reading

Listen to Rand Paul

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, June 4, 2015 It turns out that Republicans in Washington are united on one issue: their hatred of Rand Paul. John McCain says that he is “the worst possible candidate . . . on the most important issue.” Marco Rubio opines that “he has no idea what he’s talking about.” Lindsey Graham concludes … Continue reading

Britain resigns as a world power

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, May 21, 2015 LONDON — On Monday, the Right Honorable David Cameron, prime minister of Great Britain, gave his first major speech after being reelected to his high office — once held by Pitt, Gladstone, Disraeli, Lloyd George, Churchill and Thatcher. Confronting a world of challenges — including Greece’s possible exit … 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