Fareed Zakaria / Politics

The Genius of America

NEW YORK -- Two-thirds of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track, a poll number that has not shifted much in three years. The midterm election results were just another reflection of this pervasive discontent. And yet, if one looks at...

China's Growing Clout

NEW YORK -- As Moscow continues to send its forces into Ukraine, it seems clear that Vladimir Putin's Russia presents America and the West with a frontal challenge. But in the longer run, it is not Russia's overt military assault but China's ...

Finally, a Foreign Policy President?

NEW YORK -- Despite this week's elections, President Obama has the time and scope to do big things over the next two years. But they will have to be in the world beyond Washington. Next week's trip to Asia would be a good place to start. In fact, ...

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, ...