Fareed Zakaria / Politics

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 -...

Will Modi's Impact Endure?

NEW DELHI -- Narendra Modi, India's new prime minister, radiates confidence. He has the first outright majority in India's parliament in 30 years. The public lauds him, world leaders court him, and the Bombay Stock Exchange continues to soar. But ...

Can the Islamic State Be Defeated?

SAN FRANCISCO -- Here we go again. The United States has declared war on another terrorist group. President Obama's speech Wednesday night outlined a tough, measured strategy to confront the Islamic State -- which is a threat to the region and ...