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America squanders its power

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- This week we watched an unusual spectacle. The foreign minister of Germany, one of the United States' closest allies, went to Tehran and announced that a European payment system, designed as an alternative to the dollar-based one, would soon be ready. This visit was made in coordination with Britain and France, both of which helped ...Read more

Trump is destroying three decades of hard work with Mexico

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Whatever the ultimate outcome of Donald Trump's conflict with Mexico, one consequence is already clear. He has undermined one of the most impressive American foreign policy achievements of the last three decades. Mexico used to be a reflexively anti-American country, radical and resentful toward its powerful neighbor to the north. ...Read more

The crises are over, but the fury remains

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Last week's election results for the European Parliament were mixed, which meant that every side could claim a victory of sorts. Right-wing populists did gain ground, but so did some decidedly left-wing parties like the Greens. The only clear conclusion is that the traditional parties that have dominated the continent's politics ...Read more

China's is having their Sputnik moment

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Many of us have been waiting for a new Sputnik moment, the point at which the challenge from China spurs America to get its act together. We may now be witnessing such a watershed, but in Beijing. The Trump administration's decision to blacklist Huawei -- the world's seventh-largest technology company -- might well be China's Sputnik...Read more

Trump's 'America First' philosophy has created a less stable world

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Donald Trump has seemed largely uninterested in foreign policy. He got excited briefly when he thought he could win a Nobel Peace Prize and hyped the danger of an imminent North Korean attack -- so that he could play the peacemaker. When it became clear that a deal was not to be had easily, Trump lost interest and scarcely mentions ...Read more

National service can mend the country

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

The following column is adapted from Fareed Zakaria's commencement address at Ohio State University on May 5, 2019.

NEW YORK -- It's graduation season in America and a good time to be leaving college and looking for a job. Despite this week's stock market tremors, the American economy is on solid footing. Now in its 120th month of ...Read more

The Trump whisperer promotes his dark worldview

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Understanding Donald Trump's foreign policy is a challenge, since the president has written and spoken little on the subject for most of his life. So how to make sense of his worldview? Is there a Trump Doctrine?

Michael Anton, a former Trump national security official, believes there is, and he explains it in a new essay in Foreign...Read more

A better strategy for Democrats than impeachment

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Consider, for a moment, what the growing talk of impeachment among Democrats sounds like to the tens of millions of people who voted for Donald Trump. Many of them supported him because they feel ignored, mocked and condescended to by the country's urban, educated and cosmopolitan elites -- especially lawyers and journalists. So what...Read more

Populist assault on central banks could have long-lasting costs

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Around the democratic world, there is a power struggle taking place that might end up being the most damaging and long-lasting consequence of this era of populism. Elected leaders -- from Donald Trump to Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan to India's Narendra Modi -- have been steadily attacking the independence of their nations' central ...Read more

Who understands our times, Bernie or the Donald?

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- There are many explanations for Benjamin Netanyahu's victory in this week's elections that have to do with Israel's particular situation -- its economic boom, stable security climate and the prime minister's political talent. But he is also part of a much larger phenomenon: the continued strength of populist nationalism around the ...Read more

On legal immigration, Trump might be right

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- President Trump's threat to close the U.S.-Mexico border has confused even his allies. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said it "would be bad for everybody." Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., remarked, "I'm not sure that's a particularly good idea and I'm not sure it gets the desired result." Most assume the threat is part of the usual Trump style ...Read more

Will Venezuela be the moment when Trump finally ends his appeasement?

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- President Trump faces a crucial test of his foreign policy and his resolve over Venezuela. His administration has made absolutely clear that the United States no longer considers Nicolas Maduro to be president, publicly backing Juan Guaido, the head of Venezuela's National Assembly, as the country's interim leader. Trump has gone so ...Read more

Brexit will mark the end of Britain's role as a great power

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- One of the great strengths of democracy is that bad policies are often reversed. That's a consolation when we look at the flurry of pandering programs being enacted as the populist wave works its way through the Western world. When a new government is elected, things can be undone. Except for Brexit, which, if it goes through, might...Read more

How diversity can rescue democracy

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Special counsel Robert Mueller's report, which is expected to be delivered to the attorney general soon, will end up being a great test of American democracy. How will we handle it? In a nakedly partisan fashion -- or as a way to bolster our constitutional system?

It has been much noted that we are now in an era of illiberal ...Read more

America's bitter polarization exacts a price on our credibility abroad

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- It appears that President Trump decided that a bad deal with North Korea was worse than no deal, a reasonable conclusion that suggests he and his team were approaching this important issue with the seriousness it deserves. One of the challenges with North Korea is trying to get an agreement that locks in concessions at the start, ...Read more

Democrats can't be casual about the facts

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- It's refreshing to see the Democratic Party bubbling with new ideas. But this new thinking seems starkly different from the party's reform efforts of the past three decades. The wonky proposals of the Clinton-Obama era were pragmatic and incremental, and they mixed market incentives with government action. Today we have big, stirring...Read more


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