Why the center holds, barely

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, February 25, 2016 “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.” It’s time to quote W.B. Yeats’s famous poem again. But this time, it really does seem that the political center is under intense pressure — from left and right — all over the Western … Continue reading

Sanders’s plans make Republicans look serious

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, February 18, 2016 A key sign of the Republican Party’s dysfunction in recent years has been its unwillingness to produce serious policy proposals. Instead, its leading lights routinely present outlandish plans that they know can never be enacted or in which the math simply doesn’t add up. What will Republicans do … Continue reading

The GOP’s double-barreled revolt

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, January 28, 2016 To understand why the current conservative crack-up so confounds the Republican establishment, you have to recognize that the party is facing two separate but simultaneous revolts: one led by Ted Cruz, the other by Donald Trump. The first is well described by E.J. Dionne Jr. in his important … Continue reading

I called it ‘radical Islam.’ So what?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, December 17, 2015 “Radical Islamic terrorism.” Apparently, the phrase — if you can actually say it — has mystical powers. At Tuesday’s Republican debate, the candidates once more took pains to point out that they would speak the dreaded words that President Obama and Hillary Clinton dare not. “We have a … Continue reading

Trump and the Republican crack-up

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, November 12, 2015 Today’s conventional wisdom is that Donald Trump’s best days are behind him and that his poll numbers will soon descend. Maybe. But Trump has come to represent something fundamental about the Republican Party: the growing gap between its leaders and its political constituency. Even if he disappears, this … Continue reading

Why releasing the CIA torture report will make America stronger

By Fareed Zakaria December 11, 2014 Even some of those who have supported the release of the Senate intelligence committee’s torture report agree that it could damage U.S. interests abroad. And opponents of the report are sure that, in Sen. Ted Cruz’s words, it “will endanger lives, drive away our allies” and “undermine” national security. … Continue reading