Mike Pompeo has a crisis to handle — even before the North Korea summit

By Fareed Zakaria Saturday, March 17, 2018 LONDON If confirmed as secretary of state, Mike Pompeo will arrive at a State Department that has been battered by proposed budget cuts, hollowed out by resignations and vacancies, and neutered by President Trump’s impulsive and personal decision-making style. But Pompeo’s most immediate challenge will not be rebuilding … Continue reading

Give South Korea a gold medal

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 As the world’s attention turns briefly away from President Trump and toward the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, it’s worth focusing not just on the sports but also on this year’s host country. South Korea is, in some senses, the most successful nation in the world, and its success … 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 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