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

Iran has the ingredients for revolution – but a strong regime to ward it off

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 The most enlightening commentary on what is going on in Iran right now was written 162 years ago. In his book on the French Revolution, Alexis de Tocqueville said: “Revolutions are not always brought about by a gradual decline from bad to worse. Nations that have endured patiently … Continue reading

Trump is in deep with Saudi Arabia. That’s dangerous.

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 President Trump gave a speech this week grading his Asia trip. Not surprisingly, he thought it was a “tremendous success.” “Our great country is respected again in Asia,” he tweeted. All recent polling data from the region suggests the opposite. A core focus of Trump’s trip was Japan … Continue reading

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

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 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

Free-falling countries

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, February 4, 2016 One of Donald Trump’s stock campaign lines is that the Iran nuclear agreement was “terrible.” I’m beginning to wonder whether that’s true, but from the other side. Iran has ended up with a much worse deal than it expected. Remember, Tehran entered the negotiations in the heady days … Continue reading

America can’t stop the sectarian tidal wave

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, January 7, 2016 Over the past two decades, the United States has approached the Middle East through its own conceptual frameworks: dictatorships vs. democracy, secularism vs. religion, order vs. chaos. But the most significant trend shaping the region today is something different: Sunnis vs. Shiites. That sectarian struggle now infects almost … Continue reading

The consequences of the oil bust

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, August 20, 2015 While we have been watching the Islamic State and discussing Iran, something much bigger is happening in the world. We are witnessing a historic fall in the price of oil, down more than 50 percent in less than a year. When a similar drop happened in the 1980s, the Soviet Union … Continue reading

An open letter to Senator Schumer

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, August 13, 2015 Dear Sen. Schumer, When you announced your decision to vote against the nuclear agreement with Iran, you explained your reasons in a nearly 1,700-word statement that is thoughtful in substance and civil in tone. And yet, in the end, I found it unconvincing. I believe that the agreement … Continue reading