Trump’s Jerusalem decision isn’t diplomacy. It’s pandering.

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 With his decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, President Trump did something puzzling for a person who claims to be a great dealmaker. He made a massive, preemptive concession to one side in a complicated negotiation without getting anything for it in return. If that’s how … Continue reading

Maybe Trump knows his base better than we do

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 Watching the Republican tax plan race through Congress, one is reminded of a big apparent difference between President Trump’s program and other populist movements in the Western world. In the United States, Trump is leading something that is best described as plutocratic populism, a mixture of traditional populist … Continue reading

Trump is in deep with Saudi Arabia. That’s dangerous.

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 President Trump gave a speech this week grading his Asia trip. Not surprisingly, he thought it was a “tremendous success.” “Our great country is respected again in Asia,” he tweeted. All recent polling data from the region suggests the opposite. A core focus of Trump’s trip was Japan … Continue reading

Strongmen have a new playbook for consolidating power

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 The news out of Saudi Arabia has been startling. A country famous for its stability to the point of stagnation is watching a 32-year-old crown prince arrest his relatives, freeze their bank accounts and dismiss them from key posts. But on closer examination, it should not be so … Continue reading

While we obsess over Trump, China is making history

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 While news and analysis in the United States continue to be obsessed with President Trump’s daily antics and insults, halfway around the world, something truly historic just happened. China signaled that it now sees itself as the world’s other superpower, positioning itself as the alternative, if not rival, … Continue reading

Trump may repeat a tragic history

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s comprehensive documentary series on the Vietnam War is filled with the stories and voices of ordinary soldiers on all sides of the conflict. But the most tragic aspect of the tale, for me, was hearing President Lyndon B. Johnson on tape, before full … Continue reading

China is winning the future. Here’s how.

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 This week, the front page of the New York Times described the Trump administration’s repeal of the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration’s attempt to slash carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. “The war on coal is over,” declared Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. Right under that … Continue reading

There’s a way out on North Korea

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 The confrontation between the United States and North Korea is in a more dangerous zone than at any point in decades. Each side has announced tough positions, issued threats and underscored that its positions are nonnegotiable. Each side is now boxed in, with little room to maneuver. How … Continue reading

Trump embraces a post-American world

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 President Trump’s speech to the United Nations was well delivered. But it was a strange mishmash of topics and tones, in parts celebrating realpolitik but then also asserting the importance of freedom and democracy. There was, however, one overriding theme — the embrace of nationalism. And in striking … Continue reading

Trump signs on to the forever war in Afghanistan

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 There is surely no greater sign of the bankruptcy of U.S. foreign policy than its Afghanistan policy. After more than 15 years of war and the deployment of hundreds of thousands of troops, a new president entered the Oval Office poised to fundamentally change that policy. Within months … Continue reading