Fareed Zakaria / Politics

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 ...

Why They Still Hate Us

WASHINGTON -- Watching the gruesome execution videos, I felt some of the same emotions I did after 9/11. Barbarism is designed to provoke anger and it succeeded. But in September 2001, it also made me ask a question, "Why do they hate us?" I tried...

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, ...