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Lessons From an Unlikely Place

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- In thinking about America's enduring racial divide, I found myself intrigued by some lessons from an unlikely source -- Singapore. To help prepare for a trip there next week (as a guest of the National University of Singapore, I asked the country's deputy prime minister, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, what he regarded as the country's ...Read more

A Welcome Warning From the Pope

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

WASHINGTON -- I am an optimist, both by temperament and observation. But I maintain my hopeful outlook partly because I know that less optimistic people will regularly see problems and challenges and sound the alarms -- to which we will respond. Pope Francis has issued just such a warning with his encyclical on the environment.

The document is ...Read more

A Saudi Nuclear Bomb? Please!

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Of the many unnerving aspects of the future of the Middle East, a nuclear arms race would top the list. And it is to feed that unease that Saudi Arabia has been periodically dropping hints that, if Iran's nuclear ambitions go unchecked, it might just have to get nuclear weapons itself. Last week, the Saudi ambassador to London made ...Read more

On Security, Rand Paul is Worth a Listen

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- It turns out that Republicans in Washington are united on one issue -- their hatred of Rand Paul. John McCain says that he is "the worst possible candidate ... on the most important issue." Marco Rubio opines that "he has no idea what he's talking about." Lindsey Graham concludes that it would be "devastating" for the party to ...Read more

Iraq Fades From Existence

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Secretary of Defense Ash Carter did misspeak last week with remarks that caused a firestorm in both Washington and Baghdad. He explained the Islamic State's takeover of Ramadi by saying, "Iraqi forces showed no will to fight." He just forgot to complete the sentence by adding the words, "for Iraq."

It's clear that there are many ...Read more

Britain Resigns as a World Power

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

LONDON -- On Monday, the Right Honorable David Cameron, prime minister of Great Britain, gave his first major speech after being re-elected to his high office -- once held by Pitt, Gladstone, Disraeli, Lloyd George, Churchill, and Thatcher. Confronting a world of challenges -- from Greece's possible exit from the euro, a massive migration crisis...Read more

You Can't Stop the Machine

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

SEATTLE -- The two most powerful forces that have transformed the world in recent decades have been the expansion of globalization and the information revolution. These two great engines have been chugging away, integrating Asia into the global system and ushering in a digital age that is now invading every corner of life. Democratic opposition ...Read more

Will Israel Miss Its Moment?

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Israel's new coalition government, formed with the slimmest possible majority in its parliament, likely means that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will act even more cautiously than he has in the past. This is a tragedy because Israel faces an extraordinary strategic opportunity.

At first glance, it might seem absurd to speak ...Read more

What Happened to the Rights of the Accused?

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Reading about the short, troubled life of Freddie Gray -- who suffered lead poisoning as a child, was arrested for drug offenses more than a dozen times, and eventually died in police custody nearly two weeks ago in Baltimore -- I recalled a description of this world of young men, mostly black, trapped in America's criminal justice ...Read more

How Hillary Can Change the Conversation

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- The discussion of Hillary Clinton's candidacy has, so far, thoroughly explored her video announcement, restaurant choices, clothes, health, ethics and, of course, husband. Relatively little attention has been devoted to her ideas -- or the ones that should animate her campaign. The easiest way for Hillary Clinton to change the ...Read more

The Forgotten Pivot to Asia

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- The Obama administration's foreign policy energies are fully engaged in the Middle East -- negotiating the Iran deal, sending special forces into Iraq, supporting Saudi airstrikes in Yemen, working with the Syrian rebels. Whatever happened to the pivot to Asia?

Remember, the basic argument behind the pivot was that the United States...Read more

Is Iran Rational?

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- At the heart of the concerns surrounding the deal with Iran is a simple question: Is Iran rational? The answer for many critics of the deal is self-evident. The Iranians are "apocalyptic," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has often said, warning that you can't "bet on their rationality." Sen. Lindsey Graham says "I think ...Read more

A Nuclear Deal is The Best Option

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- When making up their minds about the nuclear deal with Iran, people are properly focused on its details. But to figure out whether an agreement that limits and inspects Iran's nuclear program is acceptable, one has to consider seriously the alternatives to it -- and there are really only two.

First, a return to sanctions. Let's say ...Read more

Where George W. Bush Was Right

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Yemen's descent into chaos -- with jihadi groups jumping in to fill the vacuum of authority -- has startled many observers. Just months ago, the White House was touting the country as a model for its anti-terrorism campaign. But Yemen's trajectory should not surprise anyone. It follows a familiar pattern in the Arab world, one that ...Read more

Israel's Threat From Within

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- In an appearance on CBS's "Face the Nation" soon before he was re-elected as Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu was asked if he was offended that the White House tweeted one of my columns, pointing out that for 25 years, Bibi had been wrong in his predictions about Iran's nuclear program. "If I had to choose," Netanyahu ...Read more

Bibi's Peter Pan Strategy on Iran

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

WASHINGTON -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the United States Congress was eloquent, moving and intelligent in identifying the problems with the potential nuclear deal with Iran. But when describing the alternative to it, he entered Never-Neverland, painting a scenario utterly divorced from reality. Congress joined him on...Read more


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