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

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

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

The Comey firing reminds us of a bigger danger

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, May 11, 2017 I have tried to evaluate Donald Trump’s presidency fairly. I’ve praised him when he has appointed competent people to high office and expressed support for his policies when they seemed serious and sensible (even though this has drawn criticism from some quarters). But there has always been another … Continue reading

How to avoid Trump Derangement Syndrome

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Apr. 13, 2017 I didn’t really believe that there was such a thing as Trump Derangement Syndrome — hatred of President Trump so intense that it impairs people’s judgment. It’s not that I didn’t notice the harsh, unyielding language against him — I’ve said a few tough things myself — but … Continue reading

Trump is putting on a great circus, but what about his promises?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 Let’s say you are a Trump voter, the kind we often hear about — an honest, hard-working American who put up with Donald Trump’s unusual behavior because you wanted a president who would stop playing Washington’s political games, bring a businessman’s obsession with action and results, and focus on the … Continue reading

Sorry, President Trump. I agree with you.

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 After his spat with Mexico, after the travel ban, this week President Trump did something that surprised me. He put in place a policy with which I agreed. He placed a smart check on ever-proliferating federal regulations. His executive action requires any department that wants to add a … Continue reading