The United States is stumbling into another decade of war

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, June 22, 2017 While we have been focused on the results of special elections, the ups and downs of the Russia investigation and President Trump’s latest tweets, under the radar, a broad and consequential shift in U.S. foreign policy appears to be underway. Put simply, the United States is stumbling into … 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

How Saudi Arabia played Donald Trump

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, May 25, 2017 This week’s bombing in Manchester, England, was another gruesome reminder that the threat from radical Islamist terrorism is ongoing. And President Trump’s journey to the Middle East illustrated yet again how the country central to the spread of this terrorism, Saudi Arabia, has managed to evade and deflect … Continue reading

Saudi Arabia: The devil we know

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, April 14, 2016 Should the United States cut its ties to Saudi Arabia? The question emerges amid fresh controversies and President Obama’s recent visit to the kingdom. I’ve been a critic of Saudi Arabia for decades, but despite all the problems, I think the United States is better off with the … 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

Why Saudi Arabia can’t get a nuclear weapon

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, June 11, 2015 Of the many unnerving aspects of the future of the Middle East, a nuclear arms race would top the list. And to feed that unease, Saudi Arabia has been periodically dropping hints that, should Iran’s nuclear ambitions go unchecked, it might just have to get nuclear weapons itself. … Continue reading

No Deal? Don’t Just Blame Tehran

Hurdles to an agreement also come from Paris, Riyadh and Washington By Fareed Zakaria In the end, John Kerry put it best. “It takes time to build confidence between countries that have really been at odds with each other for a long time now,” said the U.S. Secretary of State. A deal between the West … Continue reading

The Saudis Are Upset? Tough!

Why we shouldn’t care that the world’s most irresponsible country is displeased with the U.S. By Fareed Zakaria America’s Middle East policies are failing, we are told, and the best evidence is that Saudi Arabia is furious. Dick Cheney, John McCain and Lindsey Graham have all sounded the alarm about Riyadh’s recent rejection of a … Continue reading