A Fool’s Errand Worth Pursuing

There are many reasons the Mideast peace negotiations could fail— but no reason not to try  By Fareed Zakaria     If you were to ask me what international problem is least likely to be resolved in the next few years, I would probably say the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians. It takes no special … Continue reading

After the Coup

Egypt must reach out to the Islamists it is now jailing By Fareed Zakaria The greatest blow to Islamic terrorism in recent years came not from the killing of Osama bin Laden in his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, but rather from the Arab Spring. When millions of Arabs went out into the streets in protest … Continue reading

Big Data, Meet Big Brother

If computers can now predict our behavior, should governments watch our every move? “One who breaks an unjust law must do so openly, lovingly and with a willingness to accept the penalty.” That was Martin Luther King Jr.’s definition of civil disobedience. It does not appear to be Edward Snowden’s. He has tried by every … Continue reading

Hail, President. Well Met

In small but important ways, Obama and Xi moved the needle on U.S.-China relations  By Fareed Zakaria While we were consumed by the crises of the moment—Turkey’s ­riots, NSA snooping and Washington’s “scandals”—something happened on June 7 and 8 that is potentially of more lasting importance. The Presidents of the U.S. and China held their … Continue reading

A Recovery With Many Fathers

People, companies and, yes, the government have put the economy on the mend By Fareed Zakaria The great American housing market is back. The Case-Shiller housing index, using data from 20 cities through March 2013, showed the largest annual increase in prices in seven years. That’s one sign of the essential dynamism of the American … Continue reading

America the Isolated?

Hardly. Contrary to conservative complaints, the U.S. is fully—and smartly—involved overseas  By Fareed Zakaria Conservatives are—of course—mad at Barack Obama, but they are also outraged at a country that isn’t outraged enough at him. This frustration is now taking over mainstream and intelligent voices within the movement. Bret Stephens, columnist for the Wall Street Journal, … Continue reading

With or Without Us

By Fareed Zakaria Those urging the U.S. to intervene in Syria are certain of one thing: If we had intervened sooner, things would be better in that war-torn country. Had the Obama Administration gotten involved earlier, there would be less instability and fewer killings. We would not be seeing, in John McCain’s words of April … Continue reading

Resilience and Complacency

The bombing won’t stop America, but we need to be smarter about security   By Fareed Zakaria Terrorism is an unusual tactic in that in depends for its success on the response of the onlooker. If we are not terrorized, then, almost by definition, it didn’t work. The person or people who planned the Boston … Continue reading

The Thin-Envelope Crisis

America’s universities are rejecting the wrong kids—and undermining the idea of merit By Fareed Zakaria It’s time for the fat and thin ­envelopes—the month when colleges across the U.S. send out admission and rejection notices to well over a million high school seniors. For all the problems with its elementary and secondary schools, American higher … Continue reading

Write a Constitution

Nations moving from dictatorship to democracy should put paper power before people power By Fareed Zakaria In the days of the Arab Spring, we were all intoxicated by the sight of millions gathered in public squares to protest dictatorial governments. We hoped this would culminate in liberal democracy in the Arab world. Two years later, … Continue reading