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

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

How to win the war on terror

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, September 8, 2016 On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, I was driving on the Long Island Expressway, heading out to a friend’s house to spend a few weeks working on a book. An hour into my drive, I switched from music to news and listened with horror to reports that … Continue reading

Change your gun laws, America

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, July 30, 2015 Since 9/11, the United States has responded aggressively to the danger of terrorism, taking extraordinary measures, invading two countries, launching military operations in many others, and spending more than $800 billion on homeland security. Americans have accepted an unprecedented expansion of government powers and invasions of their privacy to … Continue reading

A better way for America to integrate Muslims

By Fareed Zakaria  As we learn more about the brothers Tsarnaev, we are inclined to ask larger questions about their apparent descent into terror. What does it tell us about radical Islam, Russian immigrants, Muslim communities and the breakdown of assimilation? The most accurate answer might turn out to be: not much. Larger phenomena might … Continue reading

Resilience and Complacency

The bombing won’t stop America, but we need to be smarter about security   By Fareed Zakaria Terrorism is an unusual tactic in that in depends for its success on the response of the onlooker. If we are not terrorized, then, almost by definition, it didn’t work. The person or people who planned the Boston … Continue reading

End the war on terror and save billions

By Fareed Zakaria As we debate whether the two parties can ever come together and get things done, here’s something President Obama could probably do by himself that would be a signal accomplishment of his presidency: End the war on terror. Or, more realistically, start planning and preparing the country for phasing it out. For … Continue reading

A Year of Microterrorism

By Fareed Zakaria This has been a year marked by economics — the sluggish recovery, the crisis in Europe, the stimulus, tax cuts and budget debates. Foreign policy has made less news. Iraq is dysfunctional but stable; Afghanistan is unstable but no more so than before. Relations between the U.S. and the rest of the … Continue reading

We’re Safer Than We Think

But no one wants to admit it. by Fareed Zakaria Are we safer now than we were on 9/11? It sounds like a simple question, amenable to an answer or at least a serious conversation. But we are so polarized in America these days that it almost seems more difficult now than it was in … Continue reading

What America Has Lost

It’s clear we overreacted to 9/11 by Fareed Zakaria Nine years after 9/11, can anyone doubt that Al Qaeda is simply not that deadly a threat? Since that gruesome day in 2001, once governments everywhere began serious countermeasures, Osama bin Laden’s terror network has been unable to launch a single major attack on high-value targets … Continue reading