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

The inconvenient truth about Afghanistan

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, October 8, 2015 Recent setbacks in Afghanistan — from the fall of Kunduz to the errant U.S. bombing of a hospital in that city — again raise a question. Why, after 14 years of American military efforts, is Afghanistan still so fragile? The country has a democratically elected government widely viewed … Continue reading

Talking to terrorists is the only way to defeat them

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, July 9, 2015 A meeting this past Tuesday near Pakistan’s capital city of Islamabad could possibly mark the beginning of the end of the United States’ longest war — the conflict in Afghanistan, which will enter its 15th year this fall. A delegation from the Afghan government met with members of … Continue reading

Blasphemy and the law of fanatics

By Fareed Zakaria January 8, 2015 As they went on their rampage, the men who killed 12 people in Paris this week yelled that they had “avenged the prophet.” They follow in the path of other terrorists who have bombed newspaper offices, stabbed a filmmaker and killed writers and translators, all to mete out what … Continue reading

Friends Without Benefits

It’s time to say what we already know—America’s Pakistan policy isn’t working By Fareed Zakaria It is difficult to find a country on the planet that is more anti-American than Pakistan. In a Pew survey this year, only 12% of Pakistanis expressed a favorable view of the U.S. That number has probably dipped even lower … Continue reading

The Radicalization of Pakistan’s Military

By Fareed Zakaria Whatever their strength, American troops will not determine success in Afghanistan. Nor will the newly formed Afghan National Army. As U.S. forces are gradually withdrawn over the next three years, it is Pakistan’s 600,000-strong army that will become the dominant military force in the region and will try to shape its future. … Continue reading

With bin Laden Gone, Now’s the Time to Push Pakistan

The killing of Osama bin Laden has produced new waves of commentary on the problem of Pakistan. We could all discuss again its selective policy toward terrorists, its complicated relationship with the United States and its mounting dysfunctions. But there is more to this opportunity than an opening for analysis. This is a time for … Continue reading

Can Pakistan Rid Itself of Religious Fanaticism?

By Fareed Zakaria This week, Joe Biden will make his most important foreign trip since he became vice president. He will visit Pakistan, a country that is in crisis at every level – military, political, economic and societal. Pakistan has long been troubled, but last week’s assassination of Salman Taseer, the country’s most courageous liberal … Continue reading

Terrorism’s Supermarket

Why Pakistan keeps exporting jihad. By Fareed Zakaria Faisal Shahzad, the would-be terrorist of Times Square, seems to have followed a familiar path. Like many earlier recruits to jihad, he was middle-class, educated, seemingly assimilated—and then something happened that radicalized him. We may never be sure what made him want to kill innocent men, women, … Continue reading

A Victory for Obama

From an unlikely quarter—Pakistan. By Fareed Zakaria President Obama gets much credit for changing America’s image in the world—he was probably awarded the Nobel Prize for doing so. But if you asked even devoted fans to cite a specific foreign-policy achievement, they would probably hesitate. “It’s too soon for that,” they would say. But in … Continue reading