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Retreat at Mar-a-Lago: Passing the Baton to China

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- We do not yet have the official agenda for next month’s meeting at Mar-a-Lago between Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. But after 75 years of American leadership on the world stage, we might be watching the beginning of a handover of power from the United States to China. President Trump has embraced a policy of ...Read more

Cyberwarfare is the Real Menace to America

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- This week, we have watched the perfect example of a country fighting the last war. The Trump administration has now devoted weeks of time, energy and political capital to rolling out its temporary travel ban against citizens of six Muslim-majority countries who, according to the libertarian Cato Institute, have not committed a single...Read more

Don’t Stiff the State Department

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- The first time I met Gen. David Petraeus, he said something that surprised me. It was the early days of the Iraq War and, while things were not going well, he had directed his region in the north skillfully and effectively. I asked him whether he wished he had more troops. Petraeus was too politically savvy to criticize the Donald ...Read more

The Return of the Center

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- By now it is settled wisdom that we are witnessing the rise of radical forces on the left and right around the globe. Populists of both varieties, who share a disdain for globalization, are energized, and certain that the future is going their way. But the center is rising again, even in the heart of the old world.

Consider Emmanuel...Read more

Forget the Jobs, Enjoy the Trump Circus

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Let’s say you are a Trump voter, the kind we often hear about -- an honest, hardworking American who put up with Donald Trump’s unusual behavior because you wanted a president who would stop playing Washington’s political games, bring a businessman’s obsession with action and results, and focus on the economy. How is that ...Read more

Stephen Bannon’s Ideas -- and His Very Different Actions

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Perhaps it’s just me, but a few weeks into the Trump presidency, between the tweets, executive orders, attacks and counterattacks, I feel dizzy. So I’ve decided to take a break from the daily barrage and try to find the signal amid the noise: What is the underlying philosophy of this administration?

The chief ideologist of the ...Read more

What Does it Mean to Agree with Donald Trump?

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

After his spat with Mexico, after the travel ban, this week Donald Trump did something that surprised me. He put in place a policy with which I agreed. He placed a smart check on ever-proliferating federal regulations. His executive action requires any department that wants to add a new regulation to get rid of two existing ones. It might seem ...Read more

Trump is Beginning to Reverse 70 Years of American Foreign Policy

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- In his first days in office, Donald Trump has begun to reverse the domestic policies of the previous eight years. But with regard to America’s relations with the world, Trump seems far more radical. In word and deed, he appears to be walking away from the idea of America at the center of an open, rule- based international order. ...Read more

In Defense of Globalization

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

DAVOS, Switzerland -- The World Economic Forum this year feels like an exercise in ritual self-flagellation, which -- as with the old Christian practice of fasting and whipping one’s own body -- is supposed to purify the sinful nature of man. The sin, of course, is globalization, which everyone now seems to agree has been lopsided, inequitable...Read more

The Political Briefing on Russia that Trump Should Get

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- I’m glad that Donald Trump will finally get a briefing on the unanimous conclusion of America’s intelligence agencies that the Russian government was behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman. But he should also request and receive a political briefing on Russia that can ...Read more

Illiberal Democracy in America

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Two decades ago, I wrote an essay in Foreign Affairs that described an unusual and worrying trend -- the rise of illiberal democracy. Around the world, dictators were being deposed and elections were proliferating. But in many of the places where ballots were being counted, the rule of law, respect for minorities, the freedom of the ...Read more

Why Would Trump Help Putin Achieve His Goals?

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Put his campaign rhetoric, tweets and appointments all together, and we’re getting a sense of American foreign policy under Donald Trump. The president-elect has consistently signaled that he wants to be accommodating toward Russia and get tough on China. But that sees the world almost backward. China is, for the most part, ...Read more

The Force Behind Populism Everywhere? Immigration.

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- A joke among journalists is that we are taught to count: “one, two, trend.” But at this point, I think it’s fair to say we are witnessing a populist trend around the world. The real question is, what is fueling its extraordinary rise?

Almost a month after Donald Trump’s election, Europeans went to the polls, with mixed ...Read more

Democrats Need to Connect with Voters at the Gut Level

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- As Democrats contemplate their losses in November’s election, most have settled on a solution. They believe that the party needs more economically populist policies. But this misses an essential reality -- most people don’t vote on the basis of policies.

There is now excellent research by political scientists and ...Read more

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