What the Olympics reveal about the world

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, August 25, 2016 The Olympics are over, and the verdict is in: America won. The United States left Rio with the most gold, silver and bronze medals. The last time a single nation topped all three categories was 40 years ago (except for boycotted games in 1980 and 1984). The U.S. … Continue reading

What Sanders and Trump agree on

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, March 10, 2016 The energy fueling the presidential campaign — on both sides of the political spectrum — seems to be a deep despair about the U.S. economy. On this central issue, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have a surprisingly similar message: The American economy has failed. But is the analysis … Continue reading

Can political turmoil be a sign of strength?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, January 21, 2016 DAVOS, Switzerland — Conversations here at the World Economic Forum might begin with the global economy, but sooner or later they turn to Donald Trump. The Republican primary contest has gotten everyone’s attention. Some remain entertained, but many of the people I’ve spoken with are worried. As one … Continue reading

With an ‘absent’ United States, China marches on

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, July 2, 2015 SINGAPORE – In January 2007, not long after George W. Bush announced his surge of troops into Iraq, I happened to be having lunch with a Chinese friend who is a well-connected member of the Communist Party. I asked him how the news was being received in Beijing. … Continue reading

What America can learn from Singapore about racial integration

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, June 25, 2015 In thinking about the United States’ enduring racial divide, I found myself intrigued by lessons from an unlikely source: Singapore. To help prepare for a trip there next week (as a guest of the National University of Singapore), I asked the country’s deputy prime minister, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, what … Continue reading

Not the worst of times

By Fareed Zakaria The world seems very messy these days, which might be an occasion to examine the broad forces producing the turmoil. But in Washington, of course, it becomes one more opportunity for partisanship. “I do believe that the things we’re seeing in the world today, [which is] in greater turmoil than at any … Continue reading

Hillary Clinton’s truly hard choice: Change or continuity?

By Fareed Zakaria, Thursday, June 26 at 8:08 PM The Washington Post Hillary Clinton’s problem is not her money. Despite the media flurry over a couple of awkward remarks she made, most people will understand her situation pretty quickly — she wasn’t born rich but has become very rich — and are unlikely to hold … Continue reading

An enclave strategy for Iraq

By Fareed Zakaria, Thursday, June 19, 7:35 PM The Washington Post Can Iraq hold together? It’s worth examining what is happening in that country through a broader prism. If you had looked at the Middle East 15 years ago, you would have seen a string of strikingly similar regimes — from Libya and Tunisia in … Continue reading

Economy needs both reform and investment

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By Fareed Zakaria One way President Obama can begin to put the IRS scandal behind him is by proposing comprehensive tax reform. Beyond the usual Washington theatrics, the real problem is that the U.S. tax code is unbelievably complicated, clocking in around 74,000 pages, with all rulings, regulations and other material. The greater the complexity, … Continue reading

The Baby Boom and Financial Doom

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To rightsize spending, entitlement programs must be reformed By Fareed Zakaria The American left has trained its sights on a new enemy: Pete Peterson. The banker and private-equity billionaire is, at first glance, an obvious target—rich and Republican. He stands accused of being the evil genius behind all the forces urging Washington to do something … Continue reading