Obama’s critics are the real gamblers on Iran

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, July 23, 2015 Let’s imagine that the opponents of the nuclear agreement with Iran get their way: The U.S. Congress kills it. What is the most likely consequence? Within one year, Iran would have more than 25,000 centrifuges, its breakout time would shrink to mere weeks and the sanctions against it … Continue reading

Don’t expect Iran to change overnight

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, July 16, 2015 In selling the nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration has been careful to point out that it is just an agreement on nuclear issues. “[The deal] solves one particular problem,” President Obama explained in his news conference on Wednesday. And supporters and critics alike are quick to … 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

Will Israel miss its moment?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, May 7, 2015 Israel’s new coalition government, formed with the slimmest possible majority in its parliament, likely means that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will act even more cautiously than he has in the past. This is a tragedy, because Israel faces an extraordinary strategic opportunity. At first glance, it might seem … Continue reading

Is Iran rational?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, April 9, 2015 At the heart of the concerns surrounding the deal with Iran is a simple question: Is Iran rational? For many critics, the answer is self-evident. The Iranians are “apocalyptic,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has often said, warning that you can’t “bet on their rationality.” Sen. Lindsey Graham … Continue reading

A nuclear deal with Iran is the best option

When making up their minds about the nuclear deal with Iran, people are properly focused on its details. But to figure out whether an agreement that limits and inspects Iran’s nuclear program is acceptable, one has to consider seriously the alternatives to it — and there are really only two. First, a return to sanctions. … Continue reading

Israel’s threat from within

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, March 19, 2015 In an appearance on CBS News’s “Face the Nation” soon before he was reelected as Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu was asked if he was offended that the White House tweeted one of my columns, pointing out that for 25 years, Bibi had been wrong in his predictions about … Continue reading

Netanyahu enters never-never land

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, March 5, 2015 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress was eloquent, moving and intelligent in identifying the problems with the potential nuclear deal with Iran. But when describing the alternative to it, Netanyahu entered never-never land, painting a scenario utterly divorced from reality. Congress joined him on his fantasy … Continue reading

Will Obama become a foreign policy president?

By Fareed Zakaria Despite this week’s elections, President Obama has the time and scope to do big things over the next two years. But they will have to be in the world beyond Washington. Next week’s trip to Asia would be a good place to start. In fact, it’s odd that Obama has not already … Continue reading

The fight against the Islamic State must include Iran

By Fareed Zakaria If President Obama truly wants to degrade and destroy the Islamic State, he must find a way to collaborate with Iran — the one great power in the Middle East with which the United States is still at odds. Engagement with Iran — while hard and complicated — would be a strategic … Continue reading