Trump is right: China’s a trade cheat

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, April 5, 2018 Ever since the resignation of top advisers Gary Cohn and H.R. McMaster, it does seem as if the Trump White House has gotten more chaotic, if that is possible. But amid the noise and tumult, including the alarming tweets about Amazon and Mexico, let’s be honest — on … Continue reading

Trump’s Art of the Deal isn’t working in foreign policy 

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, March 29, 2018 By way of explanation for some of President Trump’s bizarre foreign policy moves, we are often told that he is “unconventional” and that this could well be an asset. It’s certainly true that he doesn’t follow standard operating procedure on almost anything, from getting daily intelligence briefings to staffing … Continue reading

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

Trade is the Republican Party’s last stand

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Mar. 8, 2018 The tussle over tariffs is the most significant political battle taking place in the United States right now — much broader than a dispute over steel and aluminum imports. It is the Republican Party’s last stand against a total takeover by President Trump. Having ceded ground to Trump … Continue reading

Democracy is decaying worldwide. America isn’t immune.

By Fareed Zakaria, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 A few weeks ago, the Economist Intelligence Unit published the 10th edition of its Democracy Index, a comprehensive ranking of nations that looks at 60 measures in five categories, ranging from electoral process to civil liberties. For the second consecutive year, the United States failed to make the … 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

The Trump we saw in Davos should leave us encouraged

By Fareed Zakaria Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 DAVOS, Switzerland Ever since Donald Trump was elected president, I have said that when he did something right, I would say so. That’s gotten me into trouble with some readers, but I’m going to do it again. On Friday at the World Economic Forum, Trump gave a good … Continue reading

There’s a middle ground on immigration. Both sides refuse to find it.

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Jan. 18, 2017 Emmanuel Macron is today the most admired world leader among liberals, centrists and cosmopolitans around the globe. He has managed to win the French presidency, enact reforms and stay relatively popular — all while speaking positively about the free market, the European Union, globalization and trade. He has … Continue reading

Steve Bannon has a point

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 The fire and fury over Michael Wolff’s book has largely centered on the personalities and power struggles within the White House. But behind all of that lies an important political development, one that explains the real rift between President Trump and his former chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon. … Continue reading

The decline of U.S. influence is the great global story of our age

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 Daniel Kahneman, who won a Nobel Prize in economics for reshaping our understanding of human motivation, once said: “No one ever made a decision because of a number. They need a story.” That’s as true for nations as for individuals. Countries have always oriented themselves within a larger … Continue reading