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

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

Kim Jong Un — smart and strategic?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 I am sometimes asked what world figure I most want to interview. For me, the answer is obvious: Kim Jong Un. The general impression around the globe continues to be that the North Korean leader is crazy, provocative and unpredictable, but I think that he might well be … 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

We think North Korea is crazy. What if we’re wrong?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, July 6, 2017 In Washington, there is a conventional wisdom on North Korea that spans both parties and much of elite opinion. It goes roughly like this: North Korea is the world’s most bizarre country, run by a crackpot dictator with a strange haircut. He is unpredictable and irrational and cannot … 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

Caving to North Korea on ‘The Interview’ sends the wrong message to terrorists

By Fareed Zakaria December 18, 2014 Now that U.S. intelligence officials believe that North Korea was behind the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, the discussion has finally moved away from e-mails about Angelina Jolie to the real story, which is far more troubling. One of the nastiest regimes in the world effectively threatened to launch … Continue reading

When North Korea Falls…

By Fareed Zakaria The most important lesson to have come out of the financial crisis is to worry about “black swans.” These are, in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s formulation, events that are unlikely but with the potential to cause major disruption. In geopolitics there is one such event that should have us all thinking hard — … Continue reading