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

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 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

The cancer of Islamist extremism spreads around the world

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 SINGAPORE This week’s tragic terrorist attack in New York was the kind of isolated incident by one troubled man that should not lead to generalizations. In the 16 years since 9/11, the city has proved astonishingly safe from jihadist groups and individuals. And yet, speaking about it to … Continue reading

Trump: For the love of Putin

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, July 13, 2017 The latest revelations about Russia and President Trump’s campaign are useful because they might help unravel the mystery that has always been at the center of this story. Why has Trump had such a rosy attitude toward Russia and President Vladimir Putin? It is such an unusual position … Continue reading

The United States is stumbling into another decade of war

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, June 22, 2017 While we have been focused on the results of special elections, the ups and downs of the Russia investigation and President Trump’s latest tweets, under the radar, a broad and consequential shift in U.S. foreign policy appears to be underway. Put simply, the United States is stumbling into … Continue reading

Trump didn’t know the Middle East could be so complicated

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, June 8, 2017 President Trump returned from his first overseas trip convinced that he had unified the United States’ historic Arab allies, dealt a strong blow against terrorism and calmed the waters of an unruly Middle East. Since then we have seen a series of terrorist attacks in Europe and the … Continue reading

How Saudi Arabia played Donald Trump

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, May 25, 2017 This week’s bombing in Manchester, England, was another gruesome reminder that the threat from radical Islamist terrorism is ongoing. And President Trump’s journey to the Middle East illustrated yet again how the country central to the spread of this terrorism, Saudi Arabia, has managed to evade and deflect … Continue reading

Saudi Arabia: The devil we know

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, April 14, 2016 Should the United States cut its ties to Saudi Arabia? The question emerges amid fresh controversies and President Obama’s recent visit to the kingdom. I’ve been a critic of Saudi Arabia for decades, but despite all the problems, I think the United States is better off with the … Continue reading