Fareed Zakaria / Politics

The Tunisia Success Story

NEW YORK -- More than 20 years ago, the scholar Samuel Huntington established his famous "two turnover test" for fledgling democracies. A country can only be said to be a consolidated democracy, he argued, when there have been two peaceful ...

The Case For a Snowden Trial

NEW YORK -- "CitizenFour," the newly released documentary about Edward Snowden, is engrossing mainly because we get to see, up very close, the man behind the controversy. And he comes off well -- thoughtful, articulate, a bit nervous but ...

Contain, Not Escalate

NEW YORK -- From the start, President Obama's Syria policy has foundered because of a gap between words and deeds. And he's done it again. Having declared that the aim of American policy is to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the Islamic State, ...

How to Think, and Talk, About Islam

WASHINGTON -- When television host Bill Maher declares on his weekly show that "the Muslim world ... has too much in common with ISIS," and author Sam Harris, a guest on the show, concurs, arguing that Islam is "the mother lode of bad ideas," I ...

China's Trapped Transition

NEW YORK -- In 2006, Chinese-American scholar Minxin Pei published a book called "China's Trapped Transition." In it, he invoked the most established "law" in political science -- that over time, countries that grow economically tend to become ...

The Game-Changer in Fighting the Islamic State

WASHINGTON -- If President Obama truly wants to degrade and destroy the Islamic State, he is going to have to find a way to collaborate with Iran -- the one great power in the Middle East with which America is still at odds. Engagement with Iran -...