Fareed Zakaria / Politics

A Second Sunni Awakening?

ISTANBUL -- What are the strengths of the Islamic State? I posed this question to two deeply knowledgeable observers -- a European diplomat and an American former official -- and the picture they painted is worrying, though not hopeless. Defeating...

The Fantasy of Middle Eastern Moderates

NEW YORK -- Hillary Clinton was expressing what has become Washington's new conventional wisdom when she implied, in her interview with Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic, "moderates" might have prevented the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and ...

Global Success Stories

NEW YORK -- Wherever you look these days, the world seems on fire. New hot spots like Russia-Ukraine are competing with old ones like Gaza. Festering conflicts like those in Syria and Iraq are getting worse. Even Afghanistan, which seemed in ...

The Rise of Putinism

NEW YORK -- When the Cold War ended, Hungary occupied a special place in the story of the revolutions of 1989. It was the first country in the Soviet orbit to abandon communism and embrace liberal democracy. Today it is again a trendsetter, ...

The World's Great No-Show

NEW YORK -- The Ukraine crisis has shone a spotlight on one of the glaring gaps in the world right now -- the lack of a strategic and purposeful Europe. The United States can and should lead on the response to this conflict but nothing can really ...

Not the Worst of Times

NEW YORK -- The world seems very messy these days, which might be an occasion to examine the broad forces producing the turmoil. But in Washington, of course, it becomes one more opportunity for partisanship. "I do believe that the things we're ...