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

There’s a lot to be optimistic about these days. And then there’s the Middle East.

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 There’s a lot to be optimistic about today. In almost every part of the world, economies are growing and war, poverty and disease are receding. But then there is the Middle East. Syria remains a collapsed country; more than 5 million of its people have already fled. Yemen … Continue reading

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

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

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

The tension between global norms and national interests

By Fareed Zakaria/The Washington Post Russia’s aggression in Ukraine has unified Western democracies, at least in their robust condemnation of the action. But farther afield, one sees a variety of responses that foreshadow the great emerging tension in 21st-century international life: between global norms and national interests. Consider the response of India, the world’s most … Continue reading

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

Israel dominates the new Middle East

By Fareed Zakaria As missiles and rockets exploded in Israel and Gaza, television news was dominated by the tragic violence, and we were warned that the battle between Israel and the Palestinians might spread because we are in a new and much more dangerousMiddle East. Islamists are in power, democracies will listen to their people. In fact, as the relatively … Continue reading

Capitalism, not culture, drives economies

By Fareed Zakaria Mitt Romney has explained that his comments abroad were simply truth-telling. “I tend to tell people what I actually believe,” he said. With regard to one much-debated comment — on the cultural differences between Israelis and Palestinians — many agree with him. The Wall Street Journal editorial page and columnists including Marc … Continue reading

Under Netanyahu, Israel is stronger than ever

By Fareed Zakaria While incumbents around the world are struggling to hold on, one is thriving. By bringing the rival Kadima party into his ruling coalition, Benjamin Netanyahu has become “king of Israel,” in Aaron David Miller’s phrase. He has an unusual, perhaps unique, opportunity to use his new power to secure Israel’s future. Netanyahu’s … Continue reading